Vanished: Spine-Chilling Podcasts Featuring Unsolved Missing Person Cases
No one can just disappear into thin air. Right?
After listening to these true crime podcasts featuring unsolved missing person cases, you might rethink the boundaries of what can and cannot be discovered. Whether you love mysteries or consider yourself an amateur sleuth, these captivating missing person podcasts will keep you up all night.
The Vanished is a popular true crime podcast that covers a new missing person case each week. Hosted by Marissa Jones, The Vanished explores the lives and stories of people who disappeared into thin air. Throughout each episode, Marissa examines an unsolved missing person case while also interviewing the victim’s loved ones. To this day, many of the missing person’s friends and family members are still searching for answers.
Not sure where to start? Check out these three nail-biting episodes:
- Episode 214 — Ritchie Collins: Ritchie Collins has been missing since March of 2019. While his friends and family did know him as a loner, they had still been attempting to contact him for weeks until his car was found at the North Cascades National Park. According to the park ranger, the car had been parked there for weeks.
- Episode 216 — Rachel Conger: In March of 2008, recently-divorced Rachel Conger moved into a new home in Como, TN with her daughter Amber. Then one night, Rachel’s ex-husband Paul came to stay the night. The next morning, Amber woke up to find both Rachel and Paul missing.
- Episode 221 — Kerry O’Brien Krueger: Over 30 years ago, Kerry O’Brien Krueger kissed her husband Tracey goodbye before embarking on a last-minute trip to Wyoming for a trade show. She hasn’t been seen since.
In case any of her viewers have information on the missing person cases she covers, Marissa includes pertinent contact information for officials working on the case in each episode description.
Hosted by award-winning filmmaker and writer David Ridgen, Someone Knows Something is a true crime podcast that investigates puzzling and mind-bending missing person cases each season. Ridgen, who has a proven record of solving cold cases, visits the hometowns of missing people to find out what really happened to them.
So far, there are five seasons of the popular Canadian podcast Someone Knows Something available to stream online. Whether you decide to listen to them in order or start with a season that gravitates toward you the most, you are in for a ride.
- Season 1 — Adrien McNaughton: In 1972, five-year-old Adrien vanished during a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Decades later, investigators still aren’t sure where he could be.
- Season 2 — Sheryl Sheppard: What happened to Sheryl Sheppard? Ridgen investigates this decades-old case in season 2 of Someone Knows Something.
- Season 3 — Charles Moore and Henry Dee: In 1964, the partial remains of two black teenagers — Charles Moore and Henry Dee — were found in the Mississippi River. While everyone knew the Klu Klux Klan was behind the murders, no one was ever convicted. 40 years later, Charles’s brother Thomas returns to Mississippi with Ridgen to revisit the case and seek justice.
- Season 4 — Greavette: This season doesn’t revolve around a missing person’s case — but it does attempt to unravel a mystery. If you need a break from missing person podcast episodes, check out the murder case of Wayne Greavette.
- Season 5 — Kerrie Brown: Someone Knows Something returns to the realm of missing person cases in season 5. In October of 1986, 15-year-old Brown vanished during a house party. Less than two days later, her body was discovered just outside town. Together with Kerrie’s older brother Trevor, Ridgen attempts to unlock new insights into the case.
“A long lost friend. A mysterious box. A mind-bending serial mystery.” The Disappearance Podcast is a serial mystery that examines the disappearance of Alistair Glamis in 1996. 20 years after his disappearance, John Herman — one of Alistair’s former classmates — received a mysterious cardboard box. Accompanying the box was a letter officially declaring Alistair’s death. This strange occurrence prompted Herman to start The Disappearance Podcast, which examines the vanishing of Herman’s long lost classmate.
New episodes of The Disappearance Podcast air bi-weekly on Mondays. Listeners can keep up with the case on the podcast’s main website and Facebook page.
Trace Evidence is a true crime podcast that focuses primarily on unsolved cases. From cold-blooded murders to unexplained disappearances — Trace Evidence has carefully researched each case to uncover the truth and find justice for the victims. Host Steven Pacheco also presents the details of the case in a chronological format in each of his podcast episodes.
- Episode 002 — The Disappearance of Tara Calico: In September of 1998, Tara Calico disappeared near her home in Belen, New Mexico. 9 months after her disappearance, a disturbing polaroid appearing to show Tara taped and bound surfaced. Over 20 years later, investigators still aren’t sure what happened to her.
- Episode 003 — The Vanishing of Lauren Spierer: In 2011, Indiana University sophomore Lauren Spierer suddenly disappeared after a night out with friends. After that night, everyone became a suspect, including her friends, boyfriend, and random strangers. Steven Pacheco examines Lauren’s case along with an eerily similar case involving the murder of another IU student in this episode.
- Episode 011 — The Vanishing of Asha Degree: On the morning of February 14th, 2000, 9-year-old Asha Degree packed her backpack and left her house, never to return. In this episode, host Steven Pacheo attempts to figure out if Asha ran away, fell victim to foul play, or found herself victim to a hit and run.
It’s hard to believe that a month has passed since we all started to quarantine ourselves at home. If you’re like us, you’ve probably already started to create a true crime podcast playlist to listen to and pass the hours with. What true crime podcasts have you been binging during your quarantine? Tell us in the comments below!