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Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around them. For each unsolved case, there are the victims and their families, who want answers and the abductors and murders who hide the truth.

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Trace Evidence Steven Pacheco

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Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around them. For each unsolved case, there are the victims and their families, who want answers and the abductors and murders who hide the truth.

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    239 - The Murder of John Harden

    239 - The Murder of John Harden

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    On a warm spring night in March of 1975, thirty-two year old John Harden completed an emergency call for a client and returned home.  Less than an hour later, he'd be shot dead in his driveway.

    After finishing his shower, John glanced out the window and saw his work truck engulfed in flames.  Running outside to try and snuff out the blaze, his killer got his opening and fired a single blast from his gun.  John fell to the pavement and died from his wounds less than twenty minutes later.
    Investigators would later determine that the fire had been purposefully set to lure the father of five outside and into the kill zone.  They recovered the murder weapon, though they could never identify it or the owner.  As years wore on, the case grew increasingly cold.

    In October of 1991 an episode of Unsolved Mysteries revitalized interest in the yet solved homicide.  Not by focusing on the murder and investigating the case, but by chasing alleged ghosts around the house in which John had been killed.

    Was John Harden the victim of a random act of violence, had he been targeted by someone he knew and trusted or was his murder arranged by local union members who grew furious watching John take contracts they felt belonged to them.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    238 - The Vanishing of Lola Katherine Fry

    238 - The Vanishing of Lola Katherine Fry

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    On November 13th, 1993, twenty-eight year old Lola Katherine Fry attended a party at a northeastside Indianapolis apartment owned by a friend.  She has never been seen again and more than thirty years later the mystery of her disappearance haunts family and friends.

    Reported missing, the Indiana State Police began their investigation by interviewing everyone who had been at the party.  They all told the same story, that Kathy left with her former boyfriend, John Ryker.  Ryker would tell authorities that, the next morning he ran out on a job call and when he returned Kathy and her car were gone.

    For seven long years the case grew cold until a new investigator took up the casefile and began unraveling years worth of lies and deception.  Two men who had been present at the party finally confessed; they had lied in 1993.  Kathy hadn't left voluntarily with John Ryker - she'd been taken out, wrapped in a blanket and unconscious.

    Did Kathy Fry accidentally overdose leading her alleged friends to dispose of her body or was the twenty-eight year old murdered as the party goers made a pact to take the truth with them to their graves?

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    Unfound - The Disappearance of Lola Katherine Fry:  A Matter of Timing

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    237 - The Disappearance of Cathy Moulton

    237 - The Disappearance of Cathy Moulton

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    On Friday, September 24th, 1971, sixteen year old Cathy Moulton disappeared while walking home in downtown Portland, Maine. Despite the desperate pleas of her family, local law enforcement treated the case as that of a runaway and did almost no investigation whatsoever.

    For more than twenty years, the Moulton family did their best to investigate the case themselves. They followed leads, interviewed witnesses and hired private investigators but could get no closer to the truth. Finally, in 1995, a new detective looked at the case and was determined to find answers.

    Detective Kevin Cady would quickly uncover a series of eyewitnesses who were able to track the missing teen's movements out of Portland and to the northern tip of the state before she disappeared across the Canadian border. Perhaps what was most disturbing was the realization that, had investigators in 1971 taken the case seriously, they might have been able to bring Cathy home alive.

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    236 - The Disappearance of Bill Dwayne Shipley

    236 - The Disappearance of Bill Dwayne Shipley

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    Forty-seven year old Bill Dwayne Shipley was making final preparations for a multi-state trip for work. Operating as a contract painter, Bill would leave his home in Goldsby, Oklahoma, heading east into Arkansas, north into Missouri, west into Kansas and finally back home. It was set to be a fun and lucrative trip, but Bill never made it. In fact, no one can say with any certainty what exactly happened to him after July 19th, 2011.

    When Bill failed to contact his family or return calls, his parents decided to stop by his home and check in on him. Instead of answers they found an empty home, with the doors left unlocked and clear indications that Bill had never actually left. Both of his trucks were gone, but his work clothes and computer had been left behind while a packed suitcase lie on the bed. When the McClain County Sheriff's Office was notified, they quickly found themselves ten steps behind in a case already growing cold.

    Soon they would discover that Bill's disappearance was not the only mystery. His trucks couldn't be located, his cell phone was powered off and someone had been using his credit cards right up to the day police began investigation. Nearly thirteen years later, and both Bill's fate and the identity of the man using his cards has never been uncovered. What became of the missing brother and son and who might be responsible?

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    UPDATE - Justin Turner & Dexter Stefonek

    UPDATE - Justin Turner & Dexter Stefonek

    In today's special update episode we cover breaking news revolving around two infamous cases.

    First we look into the announcement that the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has officially charged Victor Lee Turner and Megan Turner with the 1989 murder of five year old Justin Turner whose body was found inside of a camper on his father and stepmother's property.

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    In addition to this, we tackle breaking news regarding the closing of a case which had drawn national interest. Dexter Stefonek was murdered and his car burned at a rest area in Montana in November of 1985. Now investigators believe they know the man who committed this odious crime.

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    235 - The Murder of Sigrid Stevenson

    235 - The Murder of Sigrid Stevenson

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    Twenty-five year old Sigrid Stevenson left her home in California to attend one of the country's most prestigious and respected music programs at Trenton State College in Ewing Township, New Jersey. Tragically, at the beginning of her second year pursuing her master's degree, she would become the victim of a brutal and violent murder. Nearly fifty years later, and her case remains unsolved.

    On the night of Sunday, September 4th, 1977, campus police found Sigrid's body lying in a pool of blood on the stage of Kendall Hall. It was a grisly and bloody scene and ultimately it was determined that the pianist had been beaten to death while playing, her nude body discovered just a few feet from her blood stained sheet music. While investigators believed they'd crack the case quickly, they soon discovered that there was little if any evidence to suggest who her killer may have been.

    Some suggested a jealous lover, others considered another musician with a vendetta. However, what little evidence there was, seemed to suggest something far more sinister -- that Sigrid may have been targeted by a member of the Campus Police Department.

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    • 1 hr 31 min

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