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The Generation Why Podcast Blog — missing

Missing Maine Woman Kristin Westra

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An elementary school teacher at Chebeague island school has been missing from her home in North Yarmouth, Maine since the early hours of Sunday, 30th of September. 47 year old Kristin Westra went missing from the Lufkin road property after several days of sleepless, anxiety inducing nights. (Source) Kristin’s husband, Jay Westra, who is a pediatric oncology nurse, claims that he last saw his wife at around 8PM on the night that she went missing. The couple was in bed, preparing to go to sleep for work the next morning, but when he woke up, Jay told investigators that Kristen...

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11 Children Found on Compound in Rural New Mexico

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On the 10th of December 2017 a Clayton County resident contacted the County Police to report her 3 year old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj,  missing. She told police that she had not been in contact with the child since December 1st, after the boy’s father claimed that he was taking their son to a local park, never to return. (Source) Abdul was considered vulnerable, not only because he was a child, but due to the fact that he suffered from from HIE (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy) and needed to be closely monitored and cared for as his condition had left him with cognitive...

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What Happened to Yingying Zhang?

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On the 9th of June 2017 a 26 year old Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois went missing. (Source) Yingying Zhang is from a small city in South east China called Nanping (a prefectural city in the Fujian province). She left her quaint, mountain top home town after receiving a scholarship to study at the Chinese Academy of sciences, 600 miles away in Beijing. Yingying planned to study for one year in the United States for research purposes and touched down on American soil in April of 2017- just two months before she vanished. On the day she went missing,...

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Austin Colson

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On the 11th of January 2018, at around 11am,  nineteen year old Austin Colson walked out of his apartment in Royalton, Vermont and was never seen alive again. (Source) Clad in a camouflage jacket, a white baseball hat with his company logo and blue jeans, he set off for the day with the intention of collecting scrap metal around the area. Austin wound never return.  In interviews with the media Colson’s family describe him as a good kid who was doing well for himself in life. He had started up his own company named “A & C painting” and when the...

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The Murder of Riley Powell and Bredlynne Otterson

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Riley Powell and Brelynne Ottesonn (known to friends and family by her nickname “Breezy”) went missing in December 2017. (Source) The teenage couple went missing after scheduling a meeting on December 29th at the house of an older woman in Mammoth, Utah, where they planned to hang out and smoke weed. They had made plans earlier over Facebook before driving there from Tooele in Powell’s blue, 1999 Jeep Cherokee. After leaving the meeting, they failed to return home and were reported missing on the 2nd of January 2018. The older woman Riley Powell had been exchanging messages with was 34...

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