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Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around ...Show More
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064 - The Disappearance of Rachel Cooke

1:13:04 | Nov 6th, 2018

Nineteen year old Rachel Cooke had been attending college in San Diego. There, she met and fell in love with a man with whom she hoped to create a brilliant and beautiful future. Rachel was pursuing a career in fashion, and she had completely falle...Show More
UPDATE: 033 - The Disappearance of Heather Elvis

12:11 | Oct 26th, 2018

Short update episode regarding sentencing of a suspect in the Disappearance of Heather Elvis, examined in episode 33 of Trace Evidence. "Wounded" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://crea...Show More
063 - The Mysterious Death of Norman Ladner

1:08:16 | Oct 24th, 2018

Seventeen year old Norman Ladner loved spending his free time on his family's land. He would walk through the 122 acre plot, exploring the open pastures and dense forestry. Fishing and hunting were two of his favorite activities, but on the night o...Show More
062 - The Disappearance of the Clinton Avenue Five

1:11:43 | Oct 16th, 2018

It was a hot summer afternoon in Newark, New Jersey in 1978.  Five close friends, Melvin "Ricky" Pittman (17), Ernest Taylor (17), Alvin Turner (16), Randy Johnson (16) and Michael McDowell (16) had all gotten together to play basketball at West Side...Show More
061 - The Abduction of Angela Hammond

1:16:22 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Twenty year old Angela Hammond was living in rural Clinton, Missouri.  Everything in her life seemed to be coming together:  she'd fallen in love, gotten engaged and was pregnant with her first child.  The bright, sweet and beautiful young woman was ...Show More
060 - The Murder of Karina Holmer

1:22:14 | Sep 25th, 2018

Twenty year old Karina Holmer wanted to see more of the world beyond her Swedish home town.  In the Spring of 1996, she decided to go to America, working as an Au Pair for a well to do family in the Boston suburb of Dover.  At first, everything was g...Show More
UPDATE: Suspect arrested - 020 - The Abduction and Murder of Isabel Celis

18:15 | Sep 22nd, 2018

Six year old Isabel Celis disappeared from her family's home in April of 2012.  Despite extensive searches, nothing could be found.  Rumor quickly built up suggesting that a member of her own family had been involved in the crime.  In March of 2017, ...Show More
059 - The Vanishing of April Pitzer

1:49:47 | Sep 18th, 2018

In her early twenties, April Pitzer found herself on the wrong side of the law.  In order to wipe the slate clean, she agreed to become a confidential informant.  She had no idea the dangerous world she was entering, and ultimately had to flee Arkans...Show More
058 - The Disappearance of Jeramy Burt - Part 2

1:18:51 | Sep 4th, 2018

Jeramy Burt was last seen on February 11th, 2007.  Ninety six days later, the vehicle he had driven off in, his ex-wife's Mercury Cougar, was discovered abandoned and torched in the Bruneau desert in Southwest Idaho.  The discovery of the car caused ...Show More
057 - The Disappearance of Jeramy Burt - Part 1

1:12:37 | Aug 28th, 2018

Thirty-three year old Jeramy Burt was putting his life back together.  After an affair with his lawyer, his wife, Kim, filed for divorce and the two went their separate ways, though they were forever bonded through their young daughter.  Jeramy regre...Show More
056 - The Disappearance of Jamie Fraley

1:37:16 | Aug 14th, 2018

Twenty-two year old Jamie Fraley was working hard to put her life on track.  After a life wrought with health issues as the result of complications are birth, she had gotten a slow start.  Unable to complete high school, or obtain a driver's license,...Show More
055 - The Disappearance of Tionda and Diamond Bradley

1:27:44 | Aug 7th, 2018

On July 6th, 2001, ten year old Tionda Bradley was looking after her three year old sister, Diamond while their mother, Tracey went to work.  The children were reportedly last seen by their mother at 6:30am, and when she returned home at 12:30 they w...Show More
054 - The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen

1:59:35 | Jul 31st, 2018

Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the most well known and prominent reporters in American history.  Her tenacious personality and intense columns examines major stories of her time, including the murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard and the Cuban Missile Cris...Show More
053 - Colorado Triple Murder

1:43:14 | Jul 23rd, 2018

On February 7th, 1999, in Westminster, Colorado, thirty-nine year old Paul Skiba brought his nine year old daughter, Sarah, to work at his moving company while covering a shift for an employee.  They were met by Lorenzo Chivers, one of Paul's employe...Show More
052 - The Murder of Irina Yarmolenko

2:38:24 | Jul 16th, 2018

Twenty year old Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko was finishing up her sophomore semester at UNC Charlotte in May of 2008.  She planned to begin her junior year at UNC Chapel Hill where she would pursue a career in Public Health, an area near and dear to her ki...Show More
051 - The Disappearance of Logan Schiendelman

1:27:23 | Jul 2nd, 2018

                Logan Schiendelman had just finished his first year of college as Washington State University.  He had spent a little too much time having fun, and not as much attending classes, and so he wasn’t able to return and instead planned to ...Show More
SOLVED: 010 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry

18:09 | Jun 29th, 2018

Case Update:  Episode 10 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry has been SOLVED On June 26th, 2018, Deputies of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department moved to execute a search warrant on suspect Steve Blake Crawford, the security guard who or...Show More
050 - The Vanishing of Brandi Wells

1:47:06 | Jun 26th, 2018

Twenty-three year old Brandi Wells was beginning to put her life back on track.  After a failed marriage and traveling throughout Texas, she moved to Brownsboro, just twenty minutes away from her hometown of Tyler.  She re-enrolled in college, to pur...Show More
049 - The Disappearance of Kayla Berg

1:36:52 | Jun 18th, 2018

Fifteen year old Kayla Berg was excited to move back to her hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin after spending the previous two months in Texas with her mother, Hope.  While Texas hadn't worked out for the pair, Kayla was looking forward to seeing her fath...Show More
048 - The Mysterious Death of Chuck Morgan

1:27:57 | Jun 11th, 2018

 Chuck Morgan worked as an escrow agent in Tucson, Arizona in 1977.  Far from an exciting life, Chuck enjoyed the quiet calm and exactness of his work, and in his free time, delighted in joy and excitement of raising four daughters with his wife, Rut...Show More
047 - The Abduction of Jodi Huisentruit - Part 2

1:15:39 | Jun 4th, 2018

On June 27th, 1995, Jodi was meant to arrive at the studio at 3am. When 4am came, and she hadn't showed up, her assistant called her apartment and awoke a sleeping Jodi. She said she'd be there in twenty minutes, but Jodi was never seen again. Over t...Show More
046 - The Abduction of Jodi Huisentruit - Part 1

1:08:05 | May 29th, 2018

Twenty-seven year old Jodi Huisentruit was living out her dream, being a television news anchor for KIMT in Mason City, Iowa. She'd always wanted to be on television, and her interest in broadcast journalism had brought her to her first role as the m...Show More
045 - The Disappearance of Zachary Bernhardt

2:00:33 | May 21st, 2018

For the One Year Anniversary Episode of Trace Evidence: On September 10th, 2000, Leah Hackett put her eight year old son, Zachary Bernhardt, to sleep in her bed at 11pm. Over the course of the next five hours, she watched television, chatted online a...Show More
044 - The Abduction & Murder of Kristi Cornwell

1:43:37 | May 2nd, 2018

August 11th, 2009 was a hot and humid day in the North Georgia town of Blairsville. Thirty-eight year old Kristi Cornwell was visiting with her parents that summer as she had recently embarked on major changes in her life. She’d left her career as ...Show More
043 - The Bizarre Disappearance of Bryce Laspisa

1:36:55 | Apr 25th, 2018

Bryce Laspisa was the average American college student. He was bright, charming and liked to have fun at every possible time. During the Summer of 2013, he stayed at home with his parents, eagerly anticipating his return to Sierra College, in Rockl...Show More
042 - The Disappearance of Tiffany Daniels

1:55:46 | Apr 17th, 2018

Twenty-Five year old Tiffany Daniels was a talented artist living in Pensacola, Florida in August of 2013. Saddened by her boyfriend moving out of state, and overwhelmed with financial difficulties, Tiffany was struggling to find her way. Her worri...Show More
041 - The Vanishing of Lily Aramburo

1:56:13 | Apr 10th, 2018

Twenty-three year old Lily Aramburo was on top of the world. She'd overcome her addictions, transformed her life and given birth to a son who she loved beyond compare. She'd recently moved in with an old friend, Christen, after each shared their t...Show More
040 - The Mysterious Death of Kurt Sova - Revisited

1:28:55 | Apr 2nd, 2018

On October 23rd, 1981, seventeen year old Kurt Sova had plans to go to a local carnival. Plans changed when he ran into a close friend who invited him to a party at a duplex nearby. The party was filled with locals and people who had driven in from...Show More
Bonus - Q&A Episode

1:15:07 | Mar 29th, 2018

I recently conducted a series of Q&A videos in which I answered listener questions. This is the audio from these sessions. If you want to see the videos, visit the Trace Evidence YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPFbLcFipff2OVJC2K...Show More
039 - The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam

1:40:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

Twenty-one year old Elisa Lam decided to take a break from college. She wanted to take a trip, out of Canada and down into the United States to see California. Her trip involved stops in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. Embarking on her trip...Show More
038 - The Murder of Sonia Varaschin

1:25:00 | Mar 20th, 2018

This week's episode brought to you by Zola.com To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, go to ZOLA.com/Trace Forty-two year old Sonia Varaschin was a pediatric nurse living in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. A hard working...Show More
037 - The Disappearance of Danielle Stislicki

1:19:14 | Mar 12th, 2018

On December 2nd, 2016, twenty-eight year old Danielle Stislicki made dinner plans with her best friend. She left her office building, located in Southfield, Michigan, at 5pm, and sent a text saying that she was going to be stopping at her apartment,...Show More
036 - The Disappearance of Suzanne Lyall

1:29:31 | Mar 6th, 2018

*For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit http://bit.ly/2qQRi8G and enter Trace30 Nineteen year old Suzanne Lyall was an accomplished poet and computer whiz attending the State University of New York at Albany. Majoring in computer science,...Show More
035 - The Disappearance of Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone

1:24:10 | Feb 27th, 2018

Thirty-four year old Danielle Imbo was going through a divorce and raising her eighteen month old son. Through her best friend, Christine, she reconnected with her high school crush, Christine's older brother, thirty-five year old, single father Ric...Show More
034 - The Murder of Dana Bradley

1:22:26 | Feb 20th, 2018

This episode is brought to you by Zola.com To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, go to ZOLA.com/trace Fourteen year old Dana Bradley has gone to a friends house after school on December 14th, 1981 in St. John's, New...Show More
033 - The Disappearance of Heather Elvis

1:15:33 | Feb 12th, 2018

In the summer of 2013, twenty year old Heather Elvis had an affair with Sidney Moorer, a much older married man she met through her job. When Sidney's wife, Tammy, found out, the relationship was severed and Heather became the subject of threats and...Show More
032 - The Disappearance of Steven Koecher

1:13:28 | Jan 29th, 2018

*For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit http://bit.ly/2qQRi8G and enter Trace30 Thirty year old Steven Koecher was born into a large family, to two loving parents in November of 1979. A quiet child who enjoyed laughing, sports and music, ...Show More
031 - The Murder of Joel Lovelien

55:15 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Joel Lovelien took his fiancee to a Halloween party at the Broken Drum bar and grill in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Saturday, October 27th, 2007. The party was big, and a bus pulled up pouring out 40 to 50 twenty-somethings making it even busier. ...Show More
030 - The Disappearance of Unique Harris

50:34 | Jan 16th, 2018

In October of 2010, twenty-four year old, single mother of two, Unique Harris was having a movie marathon sleepover with her sons and young cousin. After putting the children to bed, sometime between 10pm and 9am, Unique vanished from her apartment....Show More
029 - The Disappearance of Teresa Lynn Butler

59:52 | Dec 18th, 2017

Thirty-five year old wife and mother of two, Teresa Lynn Butler spent the evening of January 24th, 2006 with her sister-in-law. She went home that night to put her two and four year old sons to bed, received a call at approximately 10pm and seemingl...Show More
028 - The Disappearance of Sneha Ann Philip

52:24 | Dec 4th, 2017

Sneha Ann Philip was a thirty-one year old medical student in the final year of her residency. The year prior, she had married her med-school sweetheart and the two were now living in an apartment in Battery Park City. While on the surface, everyth...Show More
027 - The Murder of Kanika Powell

53:31 | Nov 18th, 2017

Kanika Powell was a brilliant twenty-eight year old woman living in Prince George County, Maryland. After a tour of service in the Army, she came out and began work as a security contractor. Much to her delight, she found work at the Johns Hopkins ...Show More
026 - The Disappearance of Leah Roberts

1:03:41 | Nov 12th, 2017

Twenty-Three year old Leah Roberts had lived a difficult life and suffered multiple tragedies. By the time she was twenty-two she had lost both of her parents and been involved in a near fatal car accident. Desperate for a way to deal with her grie...Show More
025 - The Murder of Terri 'Missy' Bevers

56:18 | Nov 5th, 2017

Terri Bevers, better known as Missy, dedicated her life to helping others. She was a follower of God, a believer in charity and caring for those who couldn’t care for themselves. She met Brandon, the man who would become her husband. Renewed by th...Show More
024 - The Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

1:06:52 | Oct 29th, 2017

Twenty-seven year old Brian Shaffer was a handsome, hard working man with a dream of living on a tropical island and being in a band. In the meantime, he was in his second year of med school, working hard toward a career that he didn't quite envisio...Show More
023 - The Murder of Faith Hedgepeth

1:14:55 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Nineteen year old Faith Hedgepeth was a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in September of 2012. Born in Warren County North Carolina, she was a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Native American Tribe and dreamed of becoming a docto...Show More
022 - The Suspicious Death of George Reeves

1:05:40 | Oct 15th, 2017

George Reeves exploded into the American mainstream when he donned the red cape and blue tights playing Superman on the 1950's television series The Adventures of Superman. Almost instantly he became synonymous with the superhero as well as his alte...Show More
021 - The Abduction of Pearl Pinson

51:56 | Oct 8th, 2017

Fifteen year old Pearl Pinson was a sweet, funny girl who loved skateboarding with her brother. On the morning of May 25th, 2016, she packed her black and turquoise backpack and headed off for her routine walk to school. Shortly after she left her ...Show More
020 - The Abduction & Murder of Isabel Celis

1:20:46 | Oct 1st, 2017

Six year old Isabel Celis was tucked into bed shortly after her mother, Becky, braided her hair for her little league game the next day. By 11pm, the light was out and Becky made her way to bed. Isabel's father, Sergio, fell asleep on the couch wat...Show More
019 - The Vanishing of Brianna Maitland

1:10:05 | Sep 24th, 2017

Brianna Maitland was a smart, independent seventeen year old woman working two jobs and sharing an apartment with a childhood friend. She had dreams of moving out of rural Vermont and experiencing the exciting life of a big city while pursuing a bea...Show More
018 - The Murder of Garrett Phillips

1:07:00 | Sep 17th, 2017

Twelve year old Garrett Phillips walked the five blocks home from school during the early evening hours of October 24th, 2011. Shortly after arriving at the second floor apartment where he lived with his mother and half-brother, an unknown assailant...Show More
017 - The Disappearance of Brandon Lawson

1:08:47 | Sep 10th, 2017

On August 8th, 2013, twenty-six year old Brandon Lawson got into an argument with his longtime girlfriend, Ladessa Lofton. Frustrated and wanting some time to cool off, he placed a call to his father over three hours away in Crowley, Texas and asked...Show More
016 - The Shocking Murder of Candace Hiltz

1:19:54 | Sep 3rd, 2017

Candace Hiltz was a seventeen year old single mother, a junior at Brigham Young University and a newly accepted student to be at Stanford Law School. She dreamed of becoming a Supreme Court Justice. She had a brilliant level of intelligence, a fero...Show More
015 - The Unexplained Death of Andrew Sadek

1:08:07 | Aug 27th, 2017

Twenty year old Andrew Sadek mysteriously vanished six months after becoming a confidential informant for the Richald County Sheriff's Department, in North Dakota. He was last seen on surveillance cameras leaving his dorm room at 2am on May 1st, 201...Show More
014 - The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

1:34:13 | Aug 20th, 2017

Nine year old Jane Beaumont was tasked with looking after her siblings, seven year old Arnna and four year old Grant on a day trip to the beach. The children were in the middle of their summer break, and on January 26th, 1966, while much of the coun...Show More
013 - The Vanishing of Kyle Fleischmann

59:09 | Aug 13th, 2017

Twenty-Four year old Kyle Fleischmann took his mother, sister and best friend to a Dane Cook comedy show in Charlotte, NC. In the early morning hours of November 9th, 2007, he vanished into the darkness of the city. Several witnesses see Kyle that ...Show More
012 - The Strange Murder of Robert Wone

1:27:47 | Aug 6th, 2017

On August 2nd, 2006, thirty-two year old Robert Wone kissed his wife goodbye for the last time, and went to work for the day. He would spent his evening at a Continuing Law Education course, and then wanted to meet his overnight staff at Radio Free ...Show More
011 - The Vanishing Of Asha Degree

1:23:46 | Jul 30th, 2017

On the morning of February 14th, 2000, Asha Degree's parents awoke to find their nine year old daughter missing. Extensive investigation showed that Asha had packed her backpack, and left the home between the hours of 2:30am and 4:00am. Several pas...Show More
010 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry

1:12:06 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Nineteen year old newlywed Arlis Perry got into a spat with her husband while on a walk. She decided to go on alone to Stanford Memorial Church to calm down and pray. She would never come back. At 5:45am a security guard would find her body insi...Show More
009 - The Disappearance of the Fort Worth Three

1:28:15 | Jul 16th, 2017

Seventeen year old Rachel Trlica of Fort Worth, Texas, wanted to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Her best friend, fourteen year old Renee Wilson went with her, and nine year old Julie Ann Moseley, a friend of Renee's, tagged along. On Decem...Show More
008 - The Bible John Murders

1:09:14 | Jul 9th, 2017

From 1968 to 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland, a brutal rapist and murderer committed a series of attacks from February of 68 to October of 69. Then, just as quickly as he would strike, the killer vanished. When all was said and done, the mysterious kille...Show More
007 - The Suspicious Disappearance of Sky Metalwala

57:32 | Jul 3rd, 2017

On the morning of November 6th, 2011, Julia Biryukova placed her daughter, Maile, and her sick son Sky Metalwala into her car, taking Sky to the hospital. Along the way, Julia runs out of gas, and leaves her two year old son in the vehicle while she...Show More
006 - Dorothy Scott & Jesse Ross

48:33 | Jun 25th, 2017

32 year old Dorothy Scott was a single mother, working in Stanton California in 1980. A mysterious caller began harassing Dorothy, stalking and threatening her. During a trip to the hospital to help a sick friend, Dorothy went to retrieve her car f...Show More
005 - The Murder of Suzanne Jovin

1:00:33 | Jun 18th, 2017

21 year old Suzanne Jovin was attending prestigious Yale University when she was murdered on the night of December 4th, 1998. An investigation full of mistakes resulted in an innocent man being accused, and the unknown killer escaping into the night...Show More
004 - Rico Harris: Into Thin Air

51:35 | Jun 11th, 2017

On October 9th, 2014, 37 year old Rico Harris began a 1,000 drive from Alhambra, California to Seattle, Washington. Rico was moving in with his Fiancee and it was a major step in a new life away from the demons of his past. In the early morning hou...Show More
003 - The Vanishing of Lauren Spierer

43:37 | Jun 2nd, 2017

In the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2011, twenty year old Indiana University sophomore Lauren Spierer vanished without a trace after a night out with friends. In the aftermath of Lauren's disappearance, everyone becomes a suspect; her friends, h...Show More
002 - The Disappearance of Tara Calico

36:53 | May 28th, 2017

Ninteen year old Tara Calico disappeared during her daily bike ride. Despite search efforts, she couldn't be located. Nine months later, a chilling photo appeared suggesting that Tara was being held captive. Over the next twenty years, speculation...Show More
001 - The Mysterious Death of Kurt Sova

21:31 | May 21st, 2017

Five days after he is reported missing, the body of seventeen year old Kurt Sova is found in a ravine not far from his home. Baffled, police rules his death to be of natural causes. Three months later, the body of thirteen year old Eugene Kvet is f...Show More