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The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones brings you exclusive interviews with family members, friends, law enforcement and experts. What with The Vanished uncover next?

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Ebonee Spears

Ebonee Spears

2019-06-2400:58:208

On January 14, 2016, Ebonee Spears’ parents were desperately trying to get their thirty-year-old daughter some help. Ebonee hadn’t been acting like herself, possibly displaying signs of a mental health or medical crisis, and her family wanted to her to check in for an evaluation. As Ebonee’s family raced to help their daughter between the afternoon of January 14th and throughout the next day, strange things began to happen, and Ebonee Spears has not been seen since late in the evening of January 15, 2016. This week, we’re exploring the odd and extraordinary events leading up to Ebonee’s disappearance more than three years ago and looking into some of the more mysterious aspects of her case.If you have any information about Ebonee’s disappearance, please contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3686 or 910-343-3600.You can follow Ebonee’s story on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/find.ebonee.spears/This episode was sponsored by:Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished for 10% off your first 3 months of Essential for Women vitamins.Buffy- For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter code VANISHED.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Lillianna Pagano

Lillianna Pagano

2019-06-1700:52:2912

On October 1, 2013, Jillanne Pagano abducted her 3 month old daughter, Lillianna, from Rocheport, MO. Lillianna’s parents, Tyler and Jillanne, had a falling out shortly after young Lillianna was born. One day, Tyler received a text message stating that Jillanne and Lillianna were going out of state. When he inquired further as to where they were going and for how long he received no answer. It would be more than five years before this case would get a big break.This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.This episode was sponsored by:Quip- Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a Quip electric toothbrush. Visit GetQuip.com/vanished.Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished for 10% off your first 3 months of Essential for Women vitamins.Lending Club- Go to LendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.DoorDash- Get $5 off your first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code VANISHED.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Nieko Lisi

Nieko Lisi

2019-06-1001:33:5314

On September 30, 2011, 18-year-old Nieko Lisi went missing. Nieko was last seen in Addison, NY with his friend Robert Knight. Nieko and Robert went to Nieko’s uncle’s home around 2pm that afternoon. Nieko told his uncle that he and his friend were heading to Buffalo, New York to go camping. The pair were driving a pick-up truck that they claimed belonged to Robert’s grandfather, but this would later be proven to be untrue.The following day, Nieko spoke to his grandmother via telephone. Little did his family know, this would be the last time they would speak to him.A few days later, Nieko’s mother, Monica, got a letter in the mail that contained Nieko’s drivers license. According to the note attached to the license, it had been found in Hornell, NY which is about a 20 minute drive from where Nieko and his family lived. Nieko’s family members were already concerned given the fact that they had not heard from him in a few days, receiving the license in the mail sent them into a panic.Nieko Lisi was reported missing on October 5, 2011. It was later found out that the friend who was with Nieko around the time he went missing had allegedly been dropped off in Romulus, Michigan on October 1st by Nieko, but no one witnessed the drop off to confirm that Nieko was there.Once police started looking deeper into the case, it was discovered that Nieko’s last cell phone ping hit a tower in Franklin, TN. He may have been spotted in that area, but there is no concrete evidence proving that this was actually him.In the days after Nieko disappeared, his friend, Robert Knight, was questioned by police in Michigan in regards to Nieko’s whereabouts. Police took Knight to the hospital to get a psychiatric evaluation due to the behavior he was exhibiting. However, he was released the following day. But only two days after being questioned by police, Robert Knight was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.This is just one of many mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Nieko Lisi.If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Nieko Lisi please call 1-800-TBI-FIND.This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.This episode was sponsored by:Sleep Number- You’ll only find Sleep Number at one of their 575 Sleep Number stores nationwide. Visit sleepnumber.com/VANISH find the one nearest you.Stamps.com- Go to Stamps.com and click on the radio microphone at the top of the homepage and type Vanished for a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale with no longterm commitment.Daily Harvest- Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code VANISHED to get three free cups in your first box.Book of the Month- Sign up at bookofthemonth.com with code VANISHED and you'll get your first book for just $5.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Eric Pracht

Eric Pracht

2019-06-0301:08:5217

On July 22, 2016, 25-year-old paramedic, Eric Pracht and his fiance had a small get together at their condo in Lakewood, Colorado. As the party was winding down and most of the guests had left, a disagreement between the pair and two people close to them, turned into more of an argument. According to those present, Eric took a walk to cool off. They waited for him to come back but Eric never returned. Despite extensive searches, no trace of Eric has ever been found. Eric’s disappearance is a baffling mystery with bizarre clues but they just haven’t found enough pieces of the puzzle to solve it.If you have any information about Eric’s disappearance, please call the Lakewood Police Department at (303) 987-7111.The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland.This episode was sponsored by:thredUp- Get an extra 30% off your first order by visiting thredUp.com/VANISHED.Quip- Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a Quip electric toothbrush. Visit GetQuip.com/vanished.ThirdLove- Go toThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Danny Lee Kelley

Danny Lee Kelley

2019-05-2701:25:3116

On May 31, 1995, 35-year-old Danny Lee Kelley disappeared from Gold Hill, Oregon. He had been staying with some friends when they called his family for help stating that he was acting strange, they thought he may need to go to the hospital. Several family members responded to the scene and witnessed Danny’s strange behavior, talking to people who weren’t there and acting paranoid. They attempted to get him in the car when he just took off running toward the Rogue River. His sister and her boyfriend chased after Danny but he was never seen or heard from again. His family has many theories on what happened to Danny from he simply drowned in the river to him staging this to disappear to Mexico. Nearly 24 years have passed since Danny disappeared and his oldest son, Shane, has renewed the efforts to find answers.If you have any information about Danny’s disappearance, please call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 541-774-6800.This episode was sponsored by:DoorDash- Get $5 off your first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code VANISHED.Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished for 10% off your first 3 months of Essential for Women vitamins.Daily Harvest- Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code VANISHED to get three free cups in your first box.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
James Liedtka

James Liedtka

2019-05-2001:09:425

On the evening of November 3, 2018, 28-year-old veteran James Liedtka and his roommate joined some friends on a popular street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for a night of celebrating a friend’s birthday. During that evening, James got separated from the group he was with. In the early morning hours of November 4, James was seen on a surveillance video walking behind a local bar in the direction of a bike path. That camera footage is the last known sighting of James. Extensive searches have been conducted but no trace of him has been found.If you have any information about the disappearance of James Liedtka, please contact the Eau Claire Police Department at 715-839-4972.You can follow James’ story on social media at www.facebook.com/BringJamesLiedtkaHome.This episode was sponsored by:Lending Club- Go to LendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.thredUp- Get an extra 30% off your first order by visiting thredUp.com/VANISHED.HelloFresh- For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go toHelloFresh.com/TheVanished80 and enter code TheVanished80.Ollie- Ollie is offering listeners 60% off your first box plus a free bag of dog treats at myollie.com/try/VANISHED
Joshua Davis Jr.

Joshua Davis Jr.

2019-05-1300:57:203

On February 4, 2011, the Texas Hill Country was experiencing some abnormally cold weather. It had been snowing in New Braunfels, and the temperatures dipped below 20 degrees. 18-month-old Joshua Davis was staying warm in bed with his mom watching movies when she realized he had crawled off. She got up to search for Joshua but he was nowhere to be found. A search ensued, but no trace of Joshua has ever been found. Joshua’s family maintains that he must have gotten out of the house or been taken by someone, but who? The New Braunfels Police Department believes that the answers to this story lie with the people who were in the house that day.If you have any information about Joshua’s disappearance, you can call the New Braunfels Police Department at 830-221-4100. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $4,000 for information in this case that leads to an arrest of grand jury indictment. To remain anonymous and to collect the reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS (8477) (or 1-800-640-8422), leave a tip online at http://comalcrimestoppers.org/, or send a tip using the “P3 Tips” smartphone app available on iOS and Android devices.You can follow Joshua’s story on social media at Let’s FIND Joshua Davis.This episode was sponsored by:Stamps.com- Go to Stamps.com and click on the radio microphone at the top of the homepage and type Vanished for a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale with no longterm commitment.Quip- Get a free refill pack with the purchase of a Quip electric toothbrush. Visit GetQuip.com/vanished.Sleep Number- You’ll only find Sleep Number at one of their 575 Sleep Number stores nationwide. Visit sleepnumber.com/VANISH find the one nearest you.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Lisa Prescott

Lisa Prescott

2019-05-0600:55:222

Lisa Prescott was last seen on August 31, 2018 at her home in Griffin Park which is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. According to those who saw Lisa before she disappeared, it was around 6:00 PM that evening when she was spotted watching TV in her bedroom, already in her pajamas for the evening. This indicated to her niece, who was at her home at the time, that her aunt was staying in for the evening.Lisa was experiencing some severe health problems and it is said that she would not have been able to walk 100 yards by herself. Because of these health issues, Lisa’s sister-in-law came over to check on her the following morning. When she arrived, she noticed that Lisa’s door was unlocked and that her dog had been wandering around the house unattended. This was something that was very unusual behavior for Lisa. She never left her house unlocked and, if she wasn’t home, her dog would be crated. While searching through the house Lisa’s medication, phone, keys and purse were located, but no sign of Lisa.It has been more than 8 months since Lisa Prescott mysteriously went missing. What happened to her on August 31, 2018?In this episode you will get to hear exclusive interviews with Lisa's family, friends and the detective investigating her case.There is currently a $1,500 reward being offered for any information that leads to finding Lisa.If you have any information about what happened to Lisa Prescott, please contact the Jonesboro Police Department at 870-935-5551.You can follow Lisa's case on Facebook at Help Find Lisa Prescott.This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.This episode was sponsored by:Stitch Fix- Get started at stitchfix.com/MIA and you'll get 25% off when you keep all items in your box.ThirdLove- Go to ThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!DoorDash- Get $5 off your first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code VANISHED.Cove- Get your first month of treatment for free by going to withcove.com/VANISHED.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Akia Eggleston

Akia Eggleston

2019-04-2901:09:552

On May 3, 2017, 22-year-old Akia Eggleston was seen in Baltimore, Maryland on surveillance video withdrawing money from her bank account. She was 8 months pregnant with her second child and was unable to drive or even walk more than a short distance because her pregnancy was considered high-risk. After this bank transaction, Akia was never seen again. She was preparing to move to a new apartment and was planning her baby shower where she would share the gender of her baby with those she loved. Akia had two-year-old daughter, a son on the way, and her whole life in front of her. What happened to Akia after this bank transaction on May 3?If you have any information about Akia’s disappearance, you can call the Baltimore Police Department at 443-984-7385 or 410-396-2100. You can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Alternatively, you can contact the FBI at 410-265-8080.You can follow Akia’s story on social media at Missing Akia EgglestonSpecial thanks to Claudia Rivero and Rosemary Rade. You can find more of Claudia's work at https://www.claudiariverotv.com. For more information on the National Domestic Violence Hotline, please visit https://www.thehotline.org.This episode was sponsored by:Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished for 10% off your first 3 months of Essential for Women vitamins.Lending Club- Go to LendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.thredUp- Get an extra 30% off your first order by visiting thredUp.com/VANISHED.Cove- Get your first month of treatment for free by going to withcove.com/VANISHED.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Ryan Blagojevic

Ryan Blagojevic

2019-04-2200:42:50

During Easter of 2013, 37-year-old Ryan Blagojevic disappeared from the central harbor area of Portland, Maine. He had struggled with alcohol as a teen but when he suffered a severe brain injury in an accident a few years prior to his disappearance, it led to a more serious dependence on alcohol. Ryan had lived in the area for around two years— on the streets and in and out of shelters, so specifics about his life at this time are vague. What is known however, is that on the evening of March 31, 2013, he was intoxicated, kicked out of a shelter and the police were called. After they spoke with him and he went on his way — Ryan was never seen again.If you have information about Ryan’s disappearance, please call Detective Chris Giesecke at the Portland Maine Police Dept. at (207) 874-8593.You can follow Ryan's case on Facebook at Missing Ryan Blagojevic.The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland.This episode was sponsored by:Stamps.com- Go to Stamps.com and click on the radio microphone at the top of the homepage and type Vanished for a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale with no longterm commitment.Daily Harvest- Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code VANISHED to get three free cups in your first box.You can find new episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
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Apple Betty

the phone conversations are ALWAYS muffled and hard to understand.

Jun 25th
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Andrea

Apple Betty Or they sound like they're screaming in the receiver

Jun 25th
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Stefanie May

I lost track of my daughter for an hour and I sounded just like this... This mom has true sound of agonizing distress.

Jun 23rd
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kencora wright

her husband got away with it

Jun 20th
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Sasha Oberly

love the show! What interview recording software do you use? I know you say it's not the greatest but it sounds pretty clear to me. Also just a side note not everyone will agree with your strategy or how you say things. But I feel you try to stay neutral throught each show. People mistaken being bias with just inserting your opinion of something that may have happened. But you dont chase your opinions, you may mention your opinions but your opinions arent the focus. Remember you cant please everyone! Your work is great and stay positive. From a mom to another mom, having kids and doing a podcast while having a job is tough. I am starting a podcast coming out this year and would love to work with you on a case or two. Keep up the good work.

Jun 18th
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Agape1 Cordova

😐

Jun 17th
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Andrea

Why does everyone that's interviewed scream!!

Jun 17th
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Tiffani Wunder

I live in fl and I have never heard of this case. that's insane. so sad

Jun 14th
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Andrea

And when mom showed up Monday am...why would Cody leave the door wide open with a dog in the house when HE left?

Jun 13th
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Andrea

This girl speaking sounds so flippant in her delivery. Dang...looooonnnnnngggg vowel

Jun 13th
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Mr.S 88

I really enjoy this podcast but geezus these phone call interviews are torture to get thru, I shut this one off after 15 mins of listening to that mom and her accent! I cant make it thru alot of episodes bc of this. sounds like a walkie talkie half the time👎

Jun 12th
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Mona Renese

This is beyond heartbreaking 😔

Jun 11th
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Andrea

Damn. Sister Yells. Hurts my ears!

Jun 11th
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Shaunalynn Schonder

Nieko Lisi is in witness protection under a new name, new identity, new location.

Jun 11th
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Andrea

Sad how these callers to 9-11 can't articulate a damn thing.

Jun 7th
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Laci Brooke

this needs to be updated if its not going to be taken down!!!

Jun 7th
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Gunnybrock

like the show, one constructive criticism, wonder if anyone agrees, the theme song (wavey spooky sound track for intro and outtro) could use a makeover

Jun 7th
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Julie Gatesman

I live a couple towns over from Wheaton- I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS CASE!!!!!! That guy from missing persons said that this was widely known.... ummmm no it's not. This is so sad. I really hope he finds his daughter. That poor little girl being put in this situation.

Jun 5th
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Agape1 Cordova

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Jun 4th
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Andrea

After thirty years can family members sue to get the files ?

Jun 4th
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Jay Dickstein

To me it sounds like he ran away to Mexico and probably passed away of some kind of liver failure while his mother went to Mexico to watch over him as he was sick

May 29th
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