MP of the week: Larissa Sam

This week’s featured missing person is Larissa Marie Sam, a 22-year-old woman who disappeared from Indianapolis on June 21, 2015. After work she went to her uncle’s house and had a few drinks, leaving at 4:30 a.m. She never arrived home and her car was found abandoned, with a flat tire.

Larissa’s family thinks she might have been a human trafficking victim. She was certainly an attractive woman, and within the age range for sex trafficking. If that is true, then the best bet for finding her may lie with some of her customers, who must surely have noticed those tattoos. The one on her chest is very large and unique.

If she’s not being held captive, though, I think it’s pretty unlikely she’s still alive.


18 thoughts on “MP of the week: Larissa Sam

  1. marsyao May 2, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    I feel a little wired that she went to her uncle home for a late night drink, some say moonshine.after her shift from a strip club, who would do that ? Never heard of uncle and niece drink alone at like 1 or 2 am. it makes me wonder what her relationship with her family looks like? I do not believe she was a victim of human trafficking, he was 22 year old, she still had a relationship with her family, her distinctive tattoos, and from her job and her websleuths posts, she would have at least some street smart, all liabilities for a human traffickers. Consider her job and the way her car was abandoned, I would think more likely she was murdered.

    • Sheri May 3, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Nowhere does it say she was alone with her uncle, just that she went to his house for drinks. Might have been a get together over there.

      • marsyao May 3, 2017 / 8:36 am

        “I have followed and personal investigated both Larissa Sam amd Angie Barlow. While similarities are there. I do not feel in this situation they’re related.
        Larissa Sam’s Uncle was the last to see her. Fact. What we know? She left work amd was at his home drinking moonshine. She went over for a drink and to play guitar and practice for American Idol. Her Uncle has said she left at 4 and also 4:30AM but also that he was asleep. He and her were the only two there. She leaves at aprox 4:30AM June 21st. Car later found. Then video of car being parked 20 mins 15 without traffic as it was early in the morning in a desolate area away from her Uncles in the opposite direction of her Greenwood apartment. Car found backed in and with personal items and a flat tire. Phone but no SIM.
        Uncle left to pick his wife up in Michigan days after she disappeared. He totals his car on his way back but doesnt have his wife in tow. Fishy? Definitely.
        No confirmed sightings of her since.”

  2. terromangerro May 3, 2017 / 1:33 am

    I think most younger missing persons, especially female, could be human trafficking victims. Not in a large percentage, but at least to the extent that it should be considered as an avenue of investigation.

    HT is definitely a bigger problem than what most people think. For example, I don’t have any numbers to back this up at all, but I think it’s fair to assume that a few out of every hundred missing females under the age of 25 could have been trafficked. Also, the definition varies greatly.

    Most HT victims were not kidnapped off the street kicking and screaming, but they at first left voluntarily and the trafficking part happened later. That’s the insidious part of trafficking…that the victim starts off as “having left voluntarily” but as a vulnerable person are preyed upon and then forced into it. But this is a bigger discussion than just this blog entry.

    In this particular case, the alarming part for me is that she is without her car, and she was not the one to have left her car where it was found. If you want to take off on your own volition, you will use your own transportation if you have it. Even if you no longer need it (and it’s rare that anyone decides they just don’t need their car if they own one, especially on the run), you’ll at least sell it and use the proceeds to further your existence. That didn’t happen here; her car turned up as having been left by an unidentified male.

    Any missing person who is separated from their car is at risk, because it’s so unlikely they would leave the car if it is still of use to them. And worse is that somebody “ditched” the car. If nothing bad happened to her, and she just gave the car to someone, why ditch it? If she gave it to someone to use, they’d still be using it, with her blessing. To get rid of it like that really says to me that something happened to her and the car was a liability to the case or the offender. And if whatever happened was bad enough that the offender would choose to just give up an automobile that has (possibly significant) value, that’s a bad sign in regards to the outcome for this missing person.

    • terromangerro May 3, 2017 / 1:43 am

      Another thought: even girls with street smarts can be trafficked. In fact, they might be more likely to be comfortable getting involved with situations, persons, or environments that a non-street-wise person might avoid to begin with, because they think they “can handle it”.

      Plus traffickers will employ forced drug use to placate their victims, and that can happen to anyone, street smart or not. Actually the one characteristic from her profile that makes me think of her as a less likely victim is her size; she is thin but is 5’7″ tall. That’s not a petite girl who can be physically controlled as easily as a smaller girl. If the hypothesis was that she was randomly grabbed off the street, her height might contradict that (there’s a reason why many women abducted in such a manner as petite women), but the idea of her being manipulated by an acquaintance rather than taken by force makes more sense.

    • marsyao May 3, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Human trafficker usually want to stay in the dark, so they prefer women who has no strong family ties so that no one would come to look for them if something happens to them, otherwise the cost and risk would be too high, we live in US in which at least law still has an effect, yes ? and why would make their victims disappeared ? Would it make more sense that simply have them work in the sex trade in the local area?
      I address this before, “My daughter may become a victim of human trafficking” was usually used by the family to comfort themselves, because it is a very bad scenario, but not the worst scenario

  3. Alice May 3, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Well, her tattoos are pretty distinctive. If she’s a Jane Doe, she’ll be found quickly. On the other hand, if there’s evidence that part of her arm has been removed, I’d still say to look into it to see if it’s her. (That happened with a murder case in the UK in 1935)

  4. Mia May 3, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Thank you for featuring her. Very little was reported about her disappearance in Indianapolis, likely because of her job as a dancer and her location (bad part of Indy). In that area of the city, there’s not a whole lot of hope for most of the residents.

    I have known a couple dancers personally. None of them get in it to do drugs or prostitute themselves, but one or both of these things end up happening to almost all of them. I would say it’s entirely possible that she went to meet a “client” after leaving her uncle’s place.

    To address the relationship between Larissa and her uncle, it’s not uncommon in this part of the world for family members to “party” together. It’s no secret that Larissa liked to smoke weed, and I imagine her uncle had some to share. The post copied from Websleuths is interesting, though.

    • marsyao May 3, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      It was just wired, having an 1 am one to one drinking party with buddies or boyfriend or even brother/sister would be fine, but with her uncle really sound bizarre, at least my niece would never visit me at 1 am in the morning, having weed or not, to drink moonshine

      • Mia May 3, 2017 / 4:09 pm

        It is weird, Marysao, but a common occurrence too. I lived in the area where Larissa disappeared for a short time and there’s a lot of inappropriate things that happen around there. It’s just a rough part of town.

    • Melinda May 3, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      @Mia…agreed. I had the same thoughts as you. On another note, does anyone know Larissa’s date of birth? Just curious. I’ve been unable to find it anywhere.

    • Mia May 3, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      I wonder if this is an OD-and-panic situation, where perhaps she drank too much, mixed it with some pills, and the uncle freaked out.

      • Melinda May 4, 2017 / 10:02 am

        @Mia…also an interesting scenario. Years ago, in the early 1980s, there was a teenage boy who went to a party and disappeared. He was missing for a while.
        Later he was found dead under mysterious circumstances and to this day, no one is sure just what happened.

        One of the most popular theories is like what you said…he drank too much at the party, mixed it with some pills or some other type of substance, accidentally overdosed, and his friends freaked out when they couldn’t revive him.
        This could have happened to Larissa too. I hope she will be found eventually.

    • Krissie May 7, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      Our family member, Ronel Alsup, also fits the same description as Larissa and went missing from approximately the same area as Larissa in 2006. Our fam member was a dancer, who turned tricks and dabbled with drugs. No one has heard of her. There have been zero leads and due to her lifestyle, very little investigation. 😦

  5. Melinda May 4, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Personally I don’t believe she fell prey to human trafficking, although anything is possible. I like Mia’s suggestion that maybe she went to meet somebody and something could have happened. Sometimes people tend to focus heavily on the idea of human trafficking (like in the Amy Bradley case) but other avenues should also be explored.

    • Mia May 4, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      HUman trafficking is the go-to explanation for missing women these days but I don’t think it fits with this case, although I would think strip clubs would be an easy place to find women. I do know that many “regulars” become obsessed with certain dancers and some have taken that obsession too far. I could see that being the case with Larissa, but the whole drinking with Uncle Weirdo thing, along with her car being ditched, makes me think this was an unfortunate accident and a cover-up. The White River is very near where she disappeared… wonder if it’s been dragged?

  6. Donna Sinclair December 4, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Hi Everyone – I have been following the Larissa Sam case for some time .
    I’ve always felt deeply that she was murdered .
    I think it’s important that you should all know that he Uncle commited suicide on the 20/3/2017 he hung himself .
    I have just found his obituary .
    I believe this indicates one of either two things the man was completely innocent & could not cope with the rumours , insinuations that he had something to do with Larissa disappearence or he actually did have something to do with it & thats why he took his own life .
    If he did then I doubt she will ever be found .

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