Sean Munger blogs about Paula Welden

I thought I’d tell y’all that my friend Sean Munger has written a blog entry about Paula Welden, one of Charley’s oldest cases. A sophomore at Bennington College in Vermont when she vanished at the age of eighteen, she’s been missing for nearly seventy years.

13 thoughts on “Sean Munger blogs about Paula Welden

  1. briana June 16, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    have any cases in your website, from pre-1960s been solved?

    • Kat June 16, 2013 / 10:57 pm

      Check the resolved section…you’ll have to read through a bunch of cases, they are organized by month, but you’ll see what you are looking for eventually over the years.

    • CarlK90245 June 17, 2013 / 12:17 am

      Ragna “Esther” Gavin went missing in 1952, and started a new life as Esther Vickers. She died in 2002, but in 2012, her family was able to learn what happened to her.

      • eric June 17, 2013 / 8:32 am

        1969 Leigh Hainline Bonadies identified 2004
        1968 Kipper Lacey found alive in 2012
        1968 Elizabeth Lurene Ernstein identified 2012
        1968 George Scott Weeks found safe in 2005
        1966 Rosetta Merriel Killman Beck found alive in 2008
        1965 Jacquelyn Ann Rains-Kracman and Melvin Eugene Uphoff
        found in 2009

        1958 Seif Benkailly Mahssen found alive and well in Dec 2009
        1956 George Scott Weeks found safe in 2005
        1956 Kathleen Wrinkle found 2008
        1954 Katharine E. Dyer and found alive in 2009
        1952 or 1953 Twylia May Embrey found deceased 2006

        1934 Everett Ruess remains found in 2009

      • Meaghan June 17, 2013 / 3:30 pm

        The Everett Ruess remains found turned out to be a false alarm, or something.

      • eric June 17, 2013 / 6:08 pm

        The problem is the teeth showed a diet of coarse grains typical of Native Americans. Dental records from the 1930s don’t seem to match. but werent dental records back then poorly kept? And Dna matched twice but there was a Unexplained error. And Dna matched with the bones was 25% to the family.

        Bones and teeth found in the grave allegedly matched Ruess’s race, age, size, and facial features. DNA from Everett’s nieces and nephew was used for comparison.
        DNA testing and comparison of the skull to photographs seemed to confirm that the remains were of Ruess.

        He pretty much has been found.

    • Peter Henderson Jr. June 17, 2013 / 12:44 pm

      Another case is that of Kathleen Wrinkle who went missing on February 22, 1956 from Cleveland, Tennessee. On May 18, 2008, over fifty two years later, her remains were found in her car, a 1951 Chevy Bel Air, submerged 45 feet deep in Parksville Lake.

      Kathleen was missing for so long because she told people she was going to look for a job in one direction but apparently changed her mind and took a different route.

    • libraryjobber June 17, 2013 / 3:28 pm

      Katherine Farrand Dyer was found alive in Australia.

  2. Kat June 16, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    Random almost related to this case question….Weldon Kees, the poet, who disappeared, just read in Wikipedia (thanks, Meaghan for leading me to it)…he committed his wife in 1954 I think it was. Anyone know what happened to her? Weldon, Welden, I’m almost on track…….

    • forthelost June 17, 2013 / 1:08 am

      My dad’s a Beat aficionado. I’ll ask him about it.

      • Kat June 17, 2013 / 8:12 am

        Hey, thank you! I just got curious. Failing of mine. Thanks so much for asking your Dad.

  3. Kat June 17, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I’m still peeved at the Kracman/Uphoff case, were found and wanted nothing to do with all the kids they left behind and all. Might be their choice but I thought it was a lousy one.

  4. Holly June 18, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Can’t help but think about the case of Joan Risch, who disappeared in 1961. The blood found in her home, as well as the other signs of a struggle, all points to the fact that she was attacked in her home. However, I believe she left her home alive. There were sightings of her walking along a highway not far from her home around the same time. And her body has never been found. This case has always been very haunting and odd to me. Joan had been a publicist in New York before she married and had children. She quit her career and committed her life to being a stay at home mother and raising children. Not to mention the fact that it was discovered years after her disappearance that she had checked out some 25 books about how to disappear from the library. The troubling aspect of the Joan Risch case lies in the fact that someone’s blood was found all over her kitchen and she was seen running around in her backyard as if someone was chasing her. I’m not sure if we’ll ever know the answers. They may just remain mysteries in time.

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