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The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. Join host, Marissa Jones, as she explores each case often interviewing the loved ones who are still searching for answers.

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Katelin Akens
On December 1, 2015, Katelin Michelle Akens flew across the country from her home in Arizona to visit her family in Virginia. She had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of her nephew, and wanted to see him as soon as he was born. Four days later, on December 5, 2015, 19-year-old Katelin was supposed to fly back home to Arizona, but she never boarded her flight. A few days after she disappeared, her luggage was found on the side of a Virginia road with her wallet, identification, cash, and plane ticket, but there was no sign of Katelin. On the afternoon of her disappearance, Katelin texted a couple people but they found the texts to be strange and didn't believe the messages came from Katelin. The last person to see Katelin was her former stepfather, James Branton. He says he last saw Katelin when he dropped her off at a mall several hours before her flight, but has refused to take a polygraph and law enforcement has struggled to break the encryption on his phone.Nearly three years have passed since Katelin’s disappearance, and her family is still searching for answers. If you have any information about Katelin Akens, please call the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office at 540-507-7102 or the FBI’s ViCAP division at 1-800-634-4097.You can follow Katelin’s case on Facebook at “Help Find Katelin Akens.”This episode was sponsored by:ThirdLove- Go toThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!Robinhood-Robinhoodis giving listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at Vanished.robinhood.com.Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished to try their Essential for Women vitamins.

Katelin Akens

2018-11-1200:54:0911

Brookley Chantille Louks
On June 24, 2002, 19-year-old Brookley Louks arrived home and realized that her Greenwood, Indiana apartment had been burglarized. She called 911 and police came to take a report. After that, she left the apartment around 5:30pm and a witness claimed to see her get into her blue 1990 Chevy Corsica. The witness saw her get into the passenger side and noticed that a man was driving. She phoned her mother and sister, Mista, that evening and said that she was going to spend the night at her boyfriend’s house. Her boyfriend lived a little over 30 minutes away. Brookley never made it to her boyfriend’s house and she has never been seen or heard from again. This case is full of unanswered questions, rumors, and possible suspects.More than sixteen years have passed since Brookley disappeared and her sister, Mista, is still searching for answers. Several of the people believed to be involved in this case have died, but Mista hasn’t given up on finding her sister.Anyone with information about Brookley’s case is urged to call Crimestoppers of Central Indiana and leave a confidential message at 317-262-8477.You can follow Brookley’s case on Facebook at “Brookley Louks Missing”This episode was sponsored by:ThirdLove- Go toThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!Robinhood-Robinhoodis giving listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at Vanished.robinhood.com.Liquid I.V. - Use the code VANISHED to get 20% off your order at https://liquid-iv.com 

Brookley Chantille Louks

2018-10-2200:51:4612

Khadijah Britton
On the evening of February 7th 2018, 23-year-old tribal member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, Khadijah Rose Britton was visiting a friend. She lived in the small Mendocino County community of Covelo, California. According to a witness, her ex-boyfriend; 37 year old Negie Fallis IV, and his new girlfriend; 20 year old, Antonia Bautista-Dalson pulled up in a black mercedes sedan.Negie was seen carrying a gun— said to be a small Derringer pistol, as he approached the door, and demanded that Khadijah come out to speak with him.A physical altercation broke out and Negie was seen chasing Khadijah around the car, which was being driven by his current girlfriend, he was seen hitting Khadijah, before shoving her into the car before speeding away with her in it.That witness didn’t come forward right away, and the details are murky.What we do know is, Khadijah Britton has never been seen or heard from again.At the time this episode was produced, her reward was $50,000 but has since been raised to $60,000. If you have any information about the disappearance of Khadijah Britton, please call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff’s Tip line at 707-234-2100.If you would like to follow her case on facebook, there is a Facebook group named Help find Khadijah Britton. The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland.This episode was sponsored by:Quip- If you go to Getquip.com/vanished right now, you'll get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished to try their Essential for Women vitamins.Zulily - This month only, our listeners get an extra 20% off your first order at Zulily.com/VANISHED.

Khadijah Britton

2018-10-1500:42:2914

Jessica Earl
31-year-old Jessica Earl was last seen in Tallapoosa, GA on June 8, 2018. Jessica was looking to purchase an ATV for her son's birthday. A man that Jessica had met just about a month earlier offered to help her find one to buy. In fact, he said he had a friend who was selling one. Jessica gave him the money but never received the ATV. She was very upset over this and tracked the man down to get her money back. The two had an argument and the man took Jessica’s car keys. Jessica decided to leave on foot and called a friend asking for a ride. That was the last time anyone heard from Jessica Earl. You can find more information and updates on her case on Facebook. The page is called: Missing Jessica Earl.The Haralson County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for any information pertaining to Jessica’s whereabouts. Jessica’s family has also added a $13,000 reward.If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jessica Earl, please contact the Haralson County Sheriff's Office at 770-646-2011.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:ThirdLove - Go to ThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!Sleep Number - Visit SleepNumber.com/VANISH or any of the 550 Sleep Number stores nationwide and mention that Marissa from The Vanished sent you.Brooklinen- Visit Brooklinen.com and use promo code MIA at check-out for $20 off and free shipping.

Jessica Earl

2018-10-0401:02:3815

Jerry and Susan McFalls
Jerry and Susan McFalls split their time between two homes that they owned. One was in Littlefield, Arizona and the other was in West Jordan, Utah. Since they were retired, they spent most of the winter months at the Arizona property. On January 11, 2018, Susan texted her daughter-in-law, Meridee, letting her know they were going to be making the trip back to Utah that weekend. Jerry and Susan never made it back and were never seen again. When no one heard from them for several days, they began trying to track them down. They realized that no one had seen them during the time they planned to be in Utah. Meridee contacted law enforcement in Arizona to go check on them. A deputy went out to their home and all of their belongings, including vehicles, were there. Music was playing outside, the television was on, it appeared as though Susan was in the middle of cooking dinner. Despite many searches, no trace of Jerry and Susan has been found.UPDATE: On October 18, 2018, two sets of remains were located near the Virgin River Gorge. On November 1, 2018, they were able to identify one of the sets of remains as belonging to Susan McFalls. The other set of remains is still pending identification.There is currently a reward of $10,000 for information regarding the whereabouts of Jerry and Susan McFalls. If you have any information, please call the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department at 928-753-0753.The family has also set up a Facebook page: Missing Help find Susan and Jerry McFalls and a website mcfallsmystery.com that provides a timeline and links to additional information on the disappearance of Jerry and Susan McFalls.The 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:Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished to try their Essential for Women vitamins.Betabrand- Get 20% off Betabrand's dress pant yoga pants by visiting betabrand.com and using code VANISHED.The New Yorker - Go to newyorker.com/VANISHED. Listeners save 50% when they enter codeVANISHED. With this special offer, you’ll receive 12 issues for just $6, plus get the exclusive New Yorker totebag.

Jerry and Susan McFalls

2018-09-1900:50:1712

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Shaleah Wright

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Nov 16th
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Will

it was an accident.. that's why he's not talking.

Nov 12th
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babyFox

so many in AZ creeps me out because I'm in AZ wahh

Nov 12th
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Will

It takes real balls to ask for money for a film about a drug dealer who got himself killed!

Nov 9th
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Teresa Bingham

their bodies were just found earlier this week. well they have confirmed one is Susan and are waiting for confirmation on the other.

Nov 5th
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Adam Gelatt

fuck the little rock police department. acab

Nov 1st
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Karin Wilcox

there are hug bodies of water right off the road outside of stoneville thinking her.mom went to Martinsville and discounting she may have just went off to drink and possibly she accidentally drove into the water.

Oct 30th
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Adam Gelatt

this podcast is so spooky, so real, so heartbreaking, and so so so good

Oct 30th
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Adam Gelatt

The ambulance ride bill from Maryland was sooo eerie

Oct 30th
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babyFox

the husband totally did it, sorry:/

Oct 29th
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Dulie Hawkins

FBI CDC

Oct 28th
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Dulie Hawkins

FBI CDC

Oct 28th
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Adam Gelatt

such a creepy episode

Oct 24th
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Stephanie Hammond

production has really stepped up! and as always, thank you for giving a voice to the living victims.

Oct 23rd
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Adam Gelatt

this is a heart breaking episode. got me thinking about the epidemic that is overpresciption of opioids/painkillers. its fallout is so pervasive and spreads so far out into the lives and deaths of people besides just the addicted...

Oct 22nd
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Megan Gregg

Oh I would have made him arrest me since he had ZERO grounds to do so and my phone call would have been to the ACLU. Whatever is going on in that county with that crooked sheriff, it should be looked into. How the state of Georgia isn't investigating this, I have no idea. I hope that at some point a good private investigator gets involved to help this family locate Jessica.

Oct 18th
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Runita Hayes

The parents are sick!!! they are obviously be lying...and not well

Oct 18th
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Lorena Medrano

the lady that spoke here ... oh my i had to skip episode.. her voice. . too much for me sorry .

Oct 18th
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Lorena Medrano

Niah Mason not referring to that but whatever...

Nov 16th
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Lorena Medrano

Niah Mason not referring to that but whatever...

Nov 16th
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Kevin Courtney

As a journalist for 24 years, I am shocked at the irresponsible, one-sided "reporting" used in this podcast. You give a single individual an hour-long forum to say whatever they want -- inflammatory statements about individuals the narrator thinks "might" have been involved, criticizing law enforcement efforts, etc. -- and rarely question any of it. Getting the entire story from a distraught parent or friend -- who will most likely sugarcoat and downplay any negative behaviors of their missing loved and often give improbable theories of their own -- does not give the whole story. And it does a great disservice toward efforts in finding the missing individual. This episode was certainly no different, and I was absolutely horrified at the ridiculous, defamatory claims you allowed Sandra King make about law enforcement. The police released false information to the public? The police won't let Sandra look for her daughter? The sheriff told all his deputies to arrest Sandra and anyone else who even tried to look for her daughter? The sheriff's department set up roadblocks and closed down a public road to keep Sandra from driving on it? The sheriff's department refused any and all help from outside agencies in the search effort? Jesus Christ ... you think maybe a comment or a response from the sheriff's department might be appropriate at this point? Nah ... Just take everything Sandra saying as completely valid and empathize with her almost unbelievable plight. You even state: "The hostility that the sheriff has toward Sandra and those working to locate Jessica doesn't make much sense." You're right -- it sure doesn't. Thankfully, you obviously did a lot of research into the matter, and you think you might have an answer -- you know, according Sandra. It's a conspiracy -- one that apparently involves the Sheriff's Department, hospital officials, the city government and on and on. Scary stuff how the numerous individuals are coming up missing and how the sheriff's department is hiding and/or covering up some unspecified shady activity of which Jessica became a victim. Chilling. And how the local news station won't run stories about Jessica because they were stopped by the mayor. (I found this particularly shocking, since nowhere in the country does a mayor have any power whatsoever to control the news media. A jaw-droppingly ridiculous and laughable claim. Did you question it? Nope) I'll end this now, but I'll share a couple of things I found from the 2 minutes of research I did regarding the story online. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several other Georgia newspapers had stories on Jessica Earl's disappearance -- and Haralson County Sheriff's Department -- who, according to unquestioned information in your podcast -- "doesn't want to find Jessica to be found." (Not real sure why the mayor didn't wield his universal power with them, but whatever). The newspapers, of course, noted the monetary award being offered by the Haralson Sheriff's Department, but they also mentioned the numerous searches undertaken by deputies -- including one using her cell phone's pings to help them pinpoint a specific area of the woods in which to search. They also noted that the evil Haralson sheriff and his deputies brought in the Paulding County Sheriff's Department to assist them in the search. The former reportedly provided the latter with mapped-out sections of land during the lengthy search effort, which included members of the SWAT team and K-9 search dogs and expert handlers. And Sandra's claimed that she would be arrested if she tried to look for her daughter? Yup ... There was a reference to that one story too. The Sheriff noted that while he completely understood the pain and frustration Sandra must be going through -- and understood her eagerness to find her daughter -- he had to remind her on a couple of occasions -- after receiving several complaints from homeowners -- that she couldn't take large groups of people onto private properties. The sheriff also noted that during the search with K-9 and SWAT members in which they believed finding Jessica's body was a possibility, they had to stop Sandra and a large group of people with her from entering the area -- because they might compromise a crime scene should they stumble upon it. Like I said, presenting a story through one person's highly skewed, inaccurate and wildly biased view is an irresponsible, dangerous thing. I am absolutely convinced that by presenting such one-sided misinformation, you are sending search efforts in directions they wouldn't have gone otherwise. And by doing so, you are very well making it less likely these individuals will be found than if you had not done a podcast about them in the first place. And that's absolutely inexcusable.

Oct 15th
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Megan Gregg

It is no surprise the parents were involved in Madeline's disappearance. They are so shady. Unbelievable the lengths people will go when they need to control everything.

Oct 14th
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