The latest in missing persons news

Back in 1972, a brand-new ship called the Katmai left the docks in Mobile, Alabama with four people aboard: Oskar Joos, his wife, his eight-year-old son, and a deckhand named Clint Hollevoet. They were bound for Alaska but never made it; the ship and its four occupants vanished without a trace. Well, the Katmai has turned up anyway, in 8,900 feet of water (that’s like a mile and a half down, people) in the Gulf of Mexico. The research vessel that discovered the wreck took pictures, but the photos didn’t reveal any clues as to what caused the sinking. The article notes that, oddly enough, another ship called the Katmai sank off the Aleutian Chain in Alaska in 2008, taking seven crew members with it.

Rex Nisbett, whose wife Vicki vanished from Cedar Park, Texas more than 20 years ago, has been charged with her murder. MyFox Austin has video clips; KVUE has additional photos of Vicki; the Austin-American Statesman has some background info on Rex and the Nisbett’s marriage. Rex apparently has a record for drug charges and assault, but no felony convictions. Given the blood evidence they had, I’m surprised the arrest took so long.

Layron Carey, a 67-year-old Houston, Texas man who disappeared in 2009, was not listed on Charley. His body was found in August 2012 and has just been identified. He disappeared right after he was released from jail and the remains were found only a short distance away. The cops have chalked Mr. Carey’s death up to natural causes.

The Washington Examiner has done an article on William Walter Brooks, a teenager who vanished in 1992. The article has some new info about his case. Foul play is suspected in William’s disappearance.