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Plane Crash Documentary - What Happens When a 15-Year Old Pilots a Plane

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By: Shane Lambert (Author of "Down and Out in the Canadian Rockies") I've taken a liking to plane-crash documentaries lately as a means of passing the time while I am on the treadmill or elliptical. I thought that fans of my blog might like these kinds of documentaries as well for the educational value. Plane-crash documentaries often include forensic analysis of the factors that cause any kind of malfunction. No expenses are spared in these investigations so they certainly bring a lot to light. I thought that I would highlight the documentaries that I enjoyed the best because I think my readers will have an interest in forensics. A Youtube account, known as "Wonder" , has a good list of documentaries. One documentary titled "Disaster Of Aeroflot Flight 593 After Kid Disables Autopilot | Mayday | Wonder," tells the true story of a flight that went from Moscow bound for Hong Kong. The description of the 50-minute documentary is as follows: "On 23 M

Louise N. Zunker - Missing in Wisconsin Since 1976

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Paraphrased details from government source** : The missing person, Louise N. Zunker, had a scheduled dentist appointment for August 17th, 1976 in Portage, Wisconsin. Louise's sister, Hilda Zunker, took her to the dentist appointment (ie. disputed: I think they were just planning to go there). They were in the parking lot (possibly of a shopping center) when her sister turned around and Louise was gone. There were reported sightings of Louise walking east on Albert Street in the Mud Lake vicinity several hours after becoming separated from her sister. There has been no known contact with Louise since this time. Missing Person : Louise Zunker Last-contact date : August 17th, 1976 (Tuesday) The area where the MP was last seen : Portage, Wisconsin, possibly walking east on Albert Street in the Mud Lake district of town.  Link to government source : NamUs MP84012 VITAL DETAILS Ethnicity : Caucasian Sex : Female Age at time of disappearance: 56 years old Birthdate : Louise

D.B. Cooper Mystery - Video on Youtube Recounts Hijacking Details and Speculates on Identity

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By: Shane Lambert The 50th anniversary of the D.B. Cooper mystery came and went in November of 2021. One of the great "whodunit" mysteries from the last century is from a plane highjacking in 1971. The FBI has yet to solve the case and they don't seem to be too active in cracking this case at this point. D.B. Cooper, as the individual who highjacked the plane was called, remains the only person to highjack an airplane in the United States of America and not get caught. Presumed likeness to D.B. Cooper. If you asked me, the sketch of D.B. Cooper looks a lot like a man who used to be on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list, a man known as Bradford Bishop. But besides likeness and similar ages, there's nothing else to go on, except that Bradford Bishop certainly had the nerve to commit a felony. Bradford Bishop. Still wanted by the FBI at the time of writing for five counts of first-degree murder. Don't get too excited about the remote possibility of Bishop being C

Almedia Carolyn Melcher - Missing from Louisville Since 1964

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Paraphrased details from government source** : Almedia Carolyn Melcher disappeared in late 1963/early 1964 shortly after beginning to reconcile with her oldest daughter. A.C. Melcher's last known contact was a call to tell her daughter she was engaged. No one has heard from Almedia since. There was a rumor that she took off with a truck driver. Missing Person : Almedia Carolyn Melcher Last-contact date : January 1st, 1964 (this may be a placeholder date, meaning the exact date of disappearance is not known but NamUs needed to enter some data in the empty field) The area where the MP was last seen : Louisville, Kentucky Link to government source : NamUs MP#87281 VITAL DETAILS Ethnicity : Caucasian Sex : Female Age at time of disappearance: 43 years old Birthdate : Almedia Carolyn Melcher was born between January 2nd, 1920, and January 1st, 1921 based on her reported age at the last date of reported contact. However, I wondered if she might have been born in 1922. Hair

Barbara Joe Kelley - Missing Since June 1950

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Paraphrased details from government source** : On June 18, 1950, Barbara Joe Kelley’s boyfriend Henry Baird was located deceased on the beach at Table Bluff. Kelley’s belongings were located nearby Baird’s remains. Law enforcement and family have been unable to contact Kelley and she remains missing today. Missing Person : Barbara Joe Kelley ("Barbara Kelly" in journalism) Last-contact date : June 18th, 1950 (Sunday) The area where the MP was last seen : Fortuna, California; she was thought to have been at Table Bluff Beach, which was 20 miles south of Eureka, California. Link to government source : NamUs MP83728 VITAL DETAILS Ethnicity : White/Caucasian Sex : Female Age at time of disappearance: 17 years old Birthdate : Barbara Joe Kelley was born between June 19th, 1932, and June 18th, 1933 based on her reported age at the last date of reported contact. Hair : Light-brown hair, according to journalism Eyes : Hazel, according to journalism Scar : She had a s

Christine Marianne Harron - Missing in Hanover, Ontario Since 1993

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Paraphrased details from government source** : On the morning of May 18th, 1993, Christine Harron stayed home from school as she was not feeling well. Around lunchtime, Christine and her mother argued about Christine returning to school for the afternoon. Her mother heard Christine leave the house at about 1:30 pm. Christine did not attend school that afternoon and she has not been seen since. The investigation revealed that Christine left the house without her purse, money, or knapsack. Subsequent investigations led to the arrest and conviction of a male in regards to the disappearance of Christine Harron, however, remains missing. Missing Person : Christine Marianne Harron Last-contact date : May 18th, 1993 (Tuesday) The area where the MP was last seen : Hanover, Ontario; it sounded like she disappeared between her residence and John Diefenbaker High School. Link to government source : Canada's Missing 2010001799 VITAL DETAILS Ethnicity : White or Caucasian Sex : Female

NamUs #UP87267 - Jane Doe's Skull Found in Washington DC in December 2001

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By: Shane Lambert NamUs description : "Construction workers renovating an apartment found a skull in a crawl space of a ground floor apartment located at 1926 I street, NE apt 1." Sex : Female Race : Caucasian/White Age : Thought to be an adult Height and weight : no estimates, skull only Date body found : The body has not been found or, if found, I don't think it has been associated with the skull that was found on December 17th, 2001 (Monday) Where was the skull found : Washington, DC. With so few details available in this case, this is one that amateur investigators might feel as though they should back away from. How can you hope to name a Jane Doe based only on a skull and sparse demographics? However, I think this is a case that Websleuths or amateurs might be able to contribute to. Remember, you aren't really trying to solve a case here. As an amateur, you are trying to find a lead  that police or professional investigators might take seriously with the hopes t