Select It Sunday: Star Palumbo

This Select It Sunday post, chosen by Elisabeth D., is Star Michelle Palumbo, a young woman missing from Reno, Nevada since April 26, 2000. I have a fair amount of info on her case but I haven’t updated the casefile in almost a decade.

Star was an attractive young woman and 25 when she vanished. Unfortunately she’d gotten involved with meth and, with it, prostitution. Around the time she disappeared she’d gotten very paranoid, probably as a result of her meth use: she believed she was being stalked, that her phone was tapped and the federal government was trying to kill her.

The last person to see her was, apparently, a police officer who found her wandering around the airport tarmac and took her to a hotel. She never checked in.

I have been unable to find any updates on her case. Someone has set up a Facebook page but there’s not much on it.

Although foul play might not necessarily have been involved in her disappearance, I think it’s very unlikely Star is still alive today. But if she is, she’d be 42 now.

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11 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Star Palumbo

  1. Mia June 19, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Oh wow. She sounds like her life took an awful turn. Apparently meth can induce psychosis, which I didn’t know until looking it up after reading this post. She could have also suffered from schizophrenia… the whole government-preying-on-her thing sounds pretty textbook.

    • Meaghan June 20, 2017 / 7:53 am

      I think just about any of the “hard” drugs can induce psychosis under certain conditions (with the possible exception of heroin which I’m not sure about).

      • Mia June 20, 2017 / 2:31 pm

        Hmm… not too sure since heroin is a depressant, while cocaine, LSD, meth, etc are stimulants. Of course, any time you’re doing something illegal, there’s bound to be a measure of paranoia about getting caught.

      • Kevin June 20, 2017 / 7:11 pm

        The only drug that can make someone more paranoid than Meth is PCP, but nobody last too long doing either one of them

  2. marsyao June 19, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    What government-preying-on-her thing ?

    • Meaghan June 20, 2017 / 7:50 am

      She thought the Feds were trying to kill her.

      • marsyao June 20, 2017 / 9:35 am

        Thanks, looks like she may suffered mental illness, the best case scenario was that she lived on the street somewhere as a homeless person, but based on her condition, it is probable that she would not survive very long

  3. whereaboutsstillunknown June 20, 2017 / 11:02 am

    There is some interesting stuff on her Unsolved Mysteries page. There are pictures of the drawing she made and of the inside of her car when it was found.

    Comments are interesting too, though unconfirmed of course. One commenter said that she had gone to meet a date not long before, and something happened and her date died. LE had come to question Stat a couple times about this death and then she disappeared along with a friend, Angel. No idea how true any of that is but I found it interesting.

    https://unsolved.com/gallery/star-palumbo/

    • marsyao June 20, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Notice there is a new comment post on May 27 ” live in ceres, ca and volunteer at the homeless shelter in my area. I thought I saw her in line to eat.” though I kind of doubt it, even if she manages to survive so long living on the street, her appearance would be very different now

      • Meaghan June 20, 2017 / 3:15 pm

        Yeah, think of those “faces of meth” billboards.

  4. Mia June 20, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Meaghan, it might be an interesting Make-A-List topic to include people who were experiencing hallucinations or paranoia at the time of their disappearances.

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