There is this article about the 1991 disappearance of Joshua Mahaffey from Centralia, Illinois. The prime, and only, suspect is Terry Martin, a longtime criminal/dirtbag with convictions including burglary, rape of a child and burglary. His most recent (alleged) offense is failure to register as a sex offender, but that case is still pending. Joshua Mahaffey was Martin’s accomplice in the burglary and later testified against him. He may have also been sleeping with Martin’s girlfriend. Quite a busy fifteen-year-old boy.
In the second article, Joshua Powell claims his wife Susan, who will have been missing for a year on December 7, ran away with Steven Koecher, a guy from the same area who disappeared a few days after Susan. Slight problem: the police had already investigated this theory and there’s no evidence that Susan and Steven knew each other or that their disappearances are connected. Joshua Powell claims that on the night of Susan’s disappearance, he suddenly decided it would be a very good idea to take their two toddler sons camping in subfreezing, rainy/snowy weather, and then he somehow forgot to go to work the next day, and when he returned to civilization Susan was gone, leaving all her worldly goods behind. It goes without saying that Susan had described Joshua as a very controlling, abusive man and planned to divorce him. Steven Koecher’s disappearance is a lot more mysterious. No one seems to know what might have happened to him, other than that it was nothing good.