Recommended Reading III

So I found this two-and-a-half-year-old blog about the 1978 disappearance of Christopher William Vigil, a nine-year-old whom I assumed had simply gotten lost while hiking with his family in the Poudre Canyon in Colorado.

Having looked at this blog, however, Chris’s case is starting to look more and more like an abduction. I have dutifully updated his casefile with info from the blog, but invite readers to have a look at the source, which has more details.


22 thoughts on “Recommended Reading III

  1. Sheila March 5, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I read the article and then the comments after. A few of the comments were more than a little strange. One implied that people should stop looking for him because if he’s still alive he’s a grown man. The other odd comment named a fellow she saw on Facebook that had a Facebook friend with the last name as the mp and his family, and implied that the man was the mp. She didn’t say what brought her to this conclusion.

    • Elisabeth Doyle March 6, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      Where is that article at? Can you put a link for it please.

  2. Elisabeth Doyle March 6, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Where is that article at? Can you put a link for it please.

    • Meaghan March 6, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      I think Sheila is talking about the blog I linked to in this entry.

  3. marsyao March 7, 2018 / 10:17 am

    I found this article relate to Mary Ann Etter’s case (, there are several facts in this article:
    1) according to the article “Her (Mary’s) brother and sister, Elizabeth and James Copeland, said they went to the house on Feb. 27, 1983, found blood and cleaned it off the front porch,” why on the earth they did that? You have not heard from your sister for 3 days, so you went to her house, she was not there, but you found blood in the house, AND YOU CLEANED THESE BLOOD OFF ?
    2) In May 1991, a search warrant was executed on the house by Wynn Hormann of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Aycock, Fletcher Police Chief Allen Ziembovich and Chadwick.
    A technique had been developed that can illuminate even old blood stains. A chemical called Luminal was sprayed throughout the house, Chadwick said.”There was blood from the front door to the porch, through a hallway into the living room,” he said.The trail of blood stains stopped at the back of the house
    3) Another thing about this case trouble me is that she knew her husband and her son were not at home that time, and there should be nobody inside her house, but when she was walking to her house, a light came on in the house, and she continued to walking into the front door, WHY DID SHE DO THAT ? Did she expect someone waiting for her? Maybe a secret affair?

    • Meaghan March 7, 2018 / 10:41 am

      What I’m wondering is, were they able to verify that Etter’s husband and son were definitely elsewhere when she arrived home?

      • marsyao March 7, 2018 / 10:48 am

        It looks like her husband was not considered a suspect, I think his alibi would be easily verified, I don’t think his husband’s parent did not live in the same city, because when Mary’s siblings visited her house 3 days after her disappearance, they still could find blood there, obviously there was no one in the house for these 3 days. By the way, would I spend a few days with my parent when my wife’s birthday was coming up ? of course I wouldn’t, does that mean there was some trouble in her marriage ?

  4. Patrick Kerrigan March 7, 2018 / 10:41 am

    She might have had a few drinks. Also maybe there was a motion detector light, that came on at a certain distance. It could have been a timer on a light in the house.

    I agree with the comments about the sister and brother cleaning up the blood. But, we find that their was no case report supposedly written up on her disappearance.

    I find that real interesting since, their was blood. However, there appears to be evidence collected at some point in time. So there should have been a case report linking the evidence to a report.

    I wrote numerous reports in regards to equipment failures. These failures caused major cleanups at one of the VA hospitals, I worked at. The hospital director depended on us to determine what happened instead of the Chief Engineer.

    So, I get upset that no report was written and filed. The most important job of a police officer is writing reports. It’s the bane of are existance. It’s important tool in investigations and also provide your use of force in the situation.

    We used to hand print our reports. But preferred to type them. I was in heaven when we used computers. Also, I preferred to type evidence sheets. It was neater, but reflected your professionalism. Also it peovided more room, to further ID an item.

    • Meaghan March 7, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Of course I didn’t know Mary or family, but owing to a certain habit I have, if Michael came home and found blood, he probably wouldn’t think much of it, as long as it was just a small amount.

      • marsyao March 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

        I bet he would be freak out and immediately contact police if he could not find you and found blood in your home

      • Meaghan March 7, 2018 / 11:03 am

        I’m not sure he would actually. I will ask him when he gets home from work tonight.

    • Meaghan March 7, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Oh, and I should add that my little habit isn’t cutting. I’ve never been a cutter.

  5. Laurie Betlach March 7, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Hi, Meaghan. I researched the blog you referenced on Christopher Vigil and found that the blogger has offended the remaining immediate family of the missing boy. Christopher’s mother and brother, still alive, were interviewed in this heartbreaking podcast last year by Erin Udell (sp.)
    Christopher’s father Leroy died more than 20 years ago. Leroy was a trucker and out of state when his son vanished, and spent so much time looking for his missing son that the younger brother used to lock his dad’s keys in the car because he felt neglected when his dad went out to look for Chris. I’m not disputing Chris could have been abducted but if you listen to this podcast it gives another perscpective. Perhaps it was a montain lion. Perhaps it was the blond man, not the “dark-complected” man. This is part two of Erin’s podcast on Chris Vigil. I haven’t listened to part one yet.

    • Meaghan March 7, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks for the podcast info.

    • Meaghan March 8, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Given as the arrest appears to have just happened this morning, I wonder if New York knows about it yet.

      • Meaghan March 8, 2018 / 5:02 pm

        D’oh. I missed the 2017 and just saw March 8. Okay, I’m convinced, but someone ought to tell NamUs who still have her listed.

  6. Patrick Kerrigan March 11, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    If Sumter County ran her through NCIC, her missing person entry should have popped up. They then could have conacted the Albany New York Police. They should have run her since she has been arrested previously, also to see if she is wanted. I recomnend that you contact the Albany Police Department, at 518-462-8049, in regards to the case report 16-363675. That way they can confirm it with Sumter County. Then they can contact NamUs. I am sure they would want to close this case. But, then we don’t know the outcome of her appearance in court.

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