Selected by Suzie: Roxanne Elizabeth Paltauf, missing from Austin, Texas since July 7, 2006. She was eighteen and a half at the time.
It’s a familiar story: she got into a fight with her boyfriend. He said she just walked away, leaving all her belongings behind except her ID. She has never been heard from again. The boyfriend has a criminal record and a history of violence. An Austin Chronicle article, copied here, provides details of the case and Roxanne’s background.
Her family has set up a Facebook page for her. The case is still active and the police conducted a search for her body as recently as this past March.
Roxanne seems like a responsible, hardworking young woman, not the type who would just vanish into thin air voluntarily. If she’s still alive, she would be 26 years old today. But I think she’s still eighteen.
Yes, I also think her life ended soon after she went missing and that she will be 18 forever.
Your last sentence is so sad. I think that’s why I’m fascinated by missing people–the idea that they’re frozen in time.
Sometimes, if it’s a fairly recently missing person, I find traces of their living presence online — Facebook pages, blog posts and so on. It’s eerie to look at.
Yeah just came here to comment on that last sentence. Speaking of people who are still eighteen, I actually found Chris Virdell’s Facebook page by accident once when looking for his missing persons page on Facebook. Really sad and eerie.
Crystal, me too! I’m fascinated by them! I always find my way back to reading Charley all the time! I think about how much life was way ahead of them! Even if it’s an older person who might have just gotten a divorce or got out of a bad relationship or their kids are grown, I think there was so much they could have accomplished! I also think of the era like what was “in” during that time. It actually makes me go to YouTube and watch commercials from that time!
This case makes me so sad every time I hear something about it. Sad for her younger siblings especially
I remember this from Disappeared