Trace Evidence

86 EpisodesProduced by Steven Pacheco

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 victi… read more

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081 - Carbon County Beth Doe

June 18th, 2019


On December 20th, 1976, a fourteen year old boy made a horrifying discovery along the banks of the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania. The body of an …

080 - The Disappearance of Nyleen Kay Marshall

June 4th, 2019


Four year old Nyleen Kay Marshall was excited to attend a multi-family picnic with her family in the Helena National Forest on Saturday, June 25th, …

079 - The Disappearance of Laureen Rahn

May 27th, 2019


Fourteen year old Laureen Rahn had the apartment all to herself. Her mother, Judith, was out with her boyfriend and with spring break kicking off, …

078 - The Vanishing of Jaliek Rainwalker

May 14th, 2019


Twelve year old Jaliek Rainwalker had lived a difficult life. Born to a drug addicted mother, and suffering from developmental issues as a result, …

077 - The Disappearance of Bob Harrod

April 29th, 2019


Eighty-one year old Bob Harrod was experiencing something that usually only happens in movies. After nearly sixty years apart, he had reunited with …

076 - The Abduction of Danny Goldman

April 16th, 2019


Seventeen year old Danny Goldman was a senior at Miami Beach High School approaching both graduation and his eighteenth birthday. A smart young man …

075 - The Disappearance of Christian Ferguson

April 4th, 2019


Christian Ferguson was born with a life threatening disorder and nearly died in his first three days. Once the doctors were able to diagnose him, …

074 - The Murder of David Cox

March 26th, 2019


Twenty-seven year old David Cox had served four years in the Marine Corps and was now living with his girlfriend back in his home state of …

073 - The Vanishing of Deanne Hastings

March 19th, 2019


Thirty-five year old Deanne Hastings was finally putting her life back together. After a long battle with bi-polar, a divorce and time spent in an …

072 - The Disappearance of Ray Gricar

March 12th, 2019


Fifty-nine year old Ray Gricar had worked as the Centre County District Attorney for nearly twenty years. Having given most of his life to law, he …

071 - The Horrifying Murder of Paula Sladewski

February 27th, 2019


Twenty-six year old Paula Sladewski was making plans. After several attempts at a modeling career, leading to some success, she wanted to get back …

070 - The Vanishing of Niqui McCown

February 19th, 2019


Twenty-eight Niqui McCown was a loving mother and sister. She was eagerly anticipating her upcoming wedding in August of 2001. However, just three …

069 - The Disappearance of Brandy Hanna

January 29th, 2019


Thirty-two year old Brandy Hanna had recently gotten out of a six year long relationship. Having lived with her fiance, Ray McAdams, she couldn't …

068 - The Vanishing of Susan Walsh

January 22nd, 2019


Thirty-six year old Susan Walsh wanted, more than anything, to be a journalist. She'd put herself through college by dancing in bars and adult …

067 - The Disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel

January 15th, 2019


Twenty-four year old Amy Wroe Bechtel was putting the future together. Along with her husband, Steve, they had moved to the picturesque town of …

066 - The Mysterious Death of Mitrice Richardson

January 8th, 2019


Twenty-four year old Mitrice Richardson wasn't making sense. She was sending cryptic text messages and indecipherable social media posts. Her …

Holiday Q&A

December 24th, 2018


Celebrating the holiday season by answering listener questions.

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065 - The Disappearance of Brandon Swanson

November 20th, 2018


Nineteen year old Brandon Swanson had just completed his first year of college. Planning to spend his evening celebrating with friends, Brandon …

064 - The Disappearance of Rachel Cooke

November 6th, 2018


Nineteen year old Rachel Cooke had been attending college in San Diego. There, she met and fell in love with a man with whom she hoped to create a …

UPDATE: 033 - The Disappearance of Heather Elvis

October 26th, 2018


Short update episode regarding sentencing of a suspect in the Disappearance of Heather Elvis, examined in episode 33 of Trace Evidence.

"Wounded" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By …

063 - The Mysterious Death of Norman Ladner

October 24th, 2018


Seventeen year old Norman Ladner loved spending his free time on his family's land. He would walk through the 122 acre plot, exploring the open …

062 - The Disappearance of the Clinton Avenue Five

October 16th, 2018


It was a hot summer afternoon in Newark, New Jersey in 1978.  Five close friends, Melvin "Ricky" Pittman (17), Ernest Taylor (17), Alvin Turner (16), Randy Johnson (16) and Michael McDowell (16) had all gotten together …

061 - The Abduction of Angela Hammond

October 2nd, 2018


Twenty year old Angela Hammond was living in rural Clinton, Missouri.  Everything in her life seemed to be coming together:  she'd fallen in love, …

060 - The Murder of Karina Holmer

September 25th, 2018


Twenty year old Karina Holmer wanted to see more of the world beyond her Swedish home town.  In the Spring of 1996, she decided to go to America, …

UPDATE: Suspect arrested - 020 - The Abduction and Murder of Isabel Celis

September 22nd, 2018


Six year old Isabel Celis disappeared from her family's home in April of 2012.  Despite extensive searches, nothing could be found.  Rumor quickly …

059 - The Vanishing of April Pitzer

September 18th, 2018


In her early twenties, April Pitzer found herself on the wrong side of the law.  In order to wipe the slate clean, she agreed to become a confidential informant.  She had no idea the dangerous world she was entering, …

058 - The Disappearance of Jeramy Burt - Conclusion

September 12th, 2018


Jeramy Burt was last seen on February 11th, 2007.  Ninety six days later, the vehicle he had driven off in, his ex-wife's Mercury Cougar, was discovered abandoned and torched in the Bruneau desert in Southwest Idaho.  …

057 - The Disappearance of Jeramy Burt - Part 1

August 28th, 2018


Thirty-three year old Jeramy Burt was putting his life back together.  After an affair with his lawyer, his wife, Kim, filed for divorce and the two …

056 - The Disappearance of Jamie Fraley

August 14th, 2018


Twenty-two year old Jamie Fraley was working hard to put her life on track.  After a life wrought with health issues as the result of complications …

055 - The Disappearance of Tionda and Diamond Bradley

August 7th, 2018


On July 6th, 2001, ten year old Tionda Bradley was looking after her three year old sister, Diamond while their mother, Tracey went to work.  The …

054 - The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen

July 31st, 2018


Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the most well known and prominent reporters in American history.  Her tenacious personality and intense columns examines …

053 - Colorado Triple Murder

July 23rd, 2018


On February 7th, 1999, in Westminster, Colorado, thirty-nine year old Paul Skiba brought his nine year old daughter, Sarah, to work at his moving …

052 - The Murder of Irina Yarmolenko

July 16th, 2018


Twenty year old Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko was finishing up her sophomore semester at UNC Charlotte in May of 2008.  She planned to begin her junior year …

051 - The Disappearance of Logan Schiendelman

July 2nd, 2018


Logan Schiendelman had just finished his first year of college as Washington State University.  He had spent a little too much time having fun, and …

SOLVED: 010 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry

June 29th, 2018


Case Update: 
Episode 10 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry has been SOLVED

On June 26th, 2018, Deputies of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department moved to execute a search warrant on suspect Steve Blake Crawford, …

050 - The Vanishing of Brandi Wells

June 26th, 2018


Twenty-three year old Brandi Wells was beginning to put her life back on track.  After a failed marriage and traveling throughout Texas, she moved to …

049 - The Disappearance of Kayla Berg

June 18th, 2018


Fifteen year old Kayla Berg was excited to move back to her hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin after spending the previous two months in Texas with her …

048 - The Mysterious Death of Chuck Morgan

June 11th, 2018


 Chuck Morgan worked as an escrow agent in Tucson, Arizona in 1977.  Far from an exciting life, Chuck enjoyed the quiet calm and exactness of his work, and in his free time, delighted in joy and excitement of raising …

047 - The Abduction of Jodi Huisentruit - Part 2

June 4th, 2018


On June 27th, 1995, Jodi was meant to arrive at the studio at 3am. When 4am came, and she hadn't showed up, her assistant called her apartment and awoke a sleeping Jodi. She said she'd be there in twenty minutes, but …

046 - The Abduction of Jodi Huisentruit - Part 1

May 29th, 2018


Twenty-seven year old Jodi Huisentruit was living out her dream, being a television news anchor for KIMT in Mason City, Iowa. She'd always wanted to …

045 - The Disappearance of Zachary Bernhardt

May 21st, 2018


For the One Year Anniversary Episode of Trace Evidence: On September 10th, 2000, Leah Hackett put her eight year old son, Zachary Bernhardt, to sleep …

044 - The Abduction & Murder of Kristi Cornwell

May 2nd, 2018


August 11th, 2009 was a hot and humid day in the North Georgia town of Blairsville. Thirty-eight year old Kristi Cornwell was visiting with her …

043 - The Bizarre Disappearance of Bryce Laspisa

April 25th, 2018


Bryce Laspisa was the average American college student. He was bright, charming and liked to have fun at every possible time. During the Summer of …

042 - The Disappearance of Tiffany Daniels

April 17th, 2018


Twenty-Five year old Tiffany Daniels was a talented artist living in Pensacola, Florida in August of 2013. Saddened by her boyfriend moving out of …

041 - The Vanishing of Lily Aramburo

April 10th, 2018


Twenty-three year old Lily Aramburo was on top of the world. She'd overcome her addictions, transformed her life and given birth to a son who she …

040 - The Mysterious Death of Kurt Sova - Revisited

April 2nd, 2018


On October 23rd, 1981, seventeen year old Kurt Sova had plans to go to a local carnival. Plans changed when he ran into a close friend who invited …

Bonus - Q&A Episode

March 29th, 2018


I recently conducted a series of Q&A videos in which I answered listener questions. This is the audio from these sessions. If you want to see the videos, visit the Trace Evidence YouTube channel:

039 - The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam

March 26th, 2018


Twenty-one year old Elisa Lam decided to take a break from college. She wanted to take a trip, out of Canada and down into the United States to see …

038 - The Murder of Sonia Varaschin

March 20th, 2018


Forty-two year old Sonia Varaschin was a pediatric nurse living in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. A hard working woman with a zest for life and a love …

037 - The Disappearance of Danielle Stislicki

March 12th, 2018


On December 2nd, 2016, twenty-eight year old Danielle Stislicki made dinner plans with her best friend. She left her office building, located in …

036 - The Disappearance of Suzanne Lyall

March 6th, 2018


Nineteen year old Suzanne Lyall was an accomplished poet and computer whiz attending the State University of New York at Albany. Majoring in computer …

035 - The Disappearance of Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone

February 27th, 2018


Thirty-four year old Danielle Imbo was going through a divorce and raising her eighteen month old son. Through her best friend, Christine, she …

034 - The Murder of Dana Bradley

February 20th, 2018


Fourteen year old Dana Bradley has gone to a friends house after school on December 14th, 1981 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She couldn't stay for too …

033 - The Disappearance of Heather Elvis

February 12th, 2018


In the summer of 2013, twenty year old Heather Elvis had an affair with Sidney Moorer, a much older married man she met through her job. When …

032 - The Disappearance of Steven Koecher

January 29th, 2018


Thirty year old Steven Koecher was born into a large family, to two loving parents in November of 1979. A quiet child who enjoyed laughing, sports …

031 - The Murder of Joel Lovelien

January 23rd, 2018


Joel Lovelien took his fiancee to a Halloween party at the Broken Drum bar and grill in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Saturday, October 27th, 2007. …

030 - The Disappearance of Unique Harris

January 16th, 2018


In October of 2010, twenty-four year old, single mother of two, Unique Harris was having a movie marathon sleepover with her sons and young cousin. …

029 - The Disappearance of Teresa Lynn Butler

December 18th, 2017


Thirty-five year old wife and mother of two, Teresa Lynn Butler spent the evening of January 24th, 2006 with her sister-in-law. She went home that …

028 - The Disappearance of Sneha Anne Philip

December 4th, 2017


Sneha Anne Philip was a thirty-one year old medical student in the final year of her residency. The year prior, she had married her med-school …

027 - The Murder of Kanika Powell

November 18th, 2017


Kanika Powell was a brilliant twenty-eight year old woman living in Prince George County, Maryland. After a tour of service in the Army, she came out …

026 - The Disappearance of Leah Roberts

November 12th, 2017


Twenty-Three year old Leah Roberts had lived a difficult life and suffered multiple tragedies. By the time she was twenty-two she had lost both of …

025 - The Murder of Terri 'Missy' Bevers

November 5th, 2017


Terri Bevers, better known as Missy, dedicated her life to helping others. She was a follower of God, a believer in charity and caring for those who …

024 - The Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

October 29th, 2017


Twenty-seven year old Brian Shaffer was a handsome, hard working man with a dream of living on a tropical island and being in a band. In the …

023 - The Murder of Faith Hedgepeth

October 22nd, 2017


Nineteen year old Faith Hedgepeth was a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in September of 2012. Born in Warren County North …

022 - The Suspicious Death of George Reeves

October 15th, 2017


George Reeves exploded into the American mainstream when he donned the red cape and blue tights playing Superman on the 1950's television series The Adventures of Superman. Almost instantly he became synonymous with the …

021 - The Abduction of Pearl Pinson

October 8th, 2017


Fifteen year old Pearl Pinson was a sweet, funny girl who loved skateboarding with her brother. On the morning of May 25th, 2016, she packed her …

020 - The Abduction & Murder of Isabel Celis

October 1st, 2017


Six year old Isabel Celis was tucked into bed shortly after her mother, Becky, braided her hair for her little league game the next day. By 11pm, the …

019 - The Vanishing of Brianna Maitland

September 24th, 2017


Brianna Maitland was a smart, independent seventeen year old woman working two jobs and sharing an apartment with a childhood friend. She had dreams …

018 - The Murder of Garrett Phillips

September 17th, 2017


Twelve year old Garrett Phillips walked the five blocks home from school during the early evening hours of October 24th, 2011. Shortly after arriving …

017 - The Disappearance of Brandon Lawson

September 10th, 2017


On August 8th, 2013, twenty-six year old Brandon Lawson got into an argument with his longtime girlfriend, Ladessa Lofton. Frustrated and wanting …

016 - The Shocking Murder of Candace Hiltz

September 3rd, 2017


Candace Hiltz was a seventeen year old single mother, a junior at Brigham Young University and a newly accepted student to be at Stanford Law School. …

015 - The Unexplained Death of Andrew Sadek

August 27th, 2017


Twenty year old Andrew Sadek mysteriously vanished six months after becoming a confidential informant for the Richland County Sheriff's Department, …

014 - The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

August 20th, 2017


Nine year old Jane Beaumont was tasked with looking after her siblings, seven year old Arnna and four year old Grant on a day trip to the beach. The …

013 - The Vanishing of Kyle Fleischmann

August 13th, 2017


Twenty-Four year old Kyle Fleischmann took his mother, sister and best friend to a Dane Cook comedy show in Charlotte, NC. In the early morning hours …

012 - The Strange Murder of Robert Wone

August 6th, 2017


On August 2nd, 2006, thirty-two year old Robert Wone kissed his wife goodbye for the last time, and went to work for the day. He would spent his …

011 - The Vanishing Of Asha Degree

July 30th, 2017


On the morning of February 14th, 2000, Asha Degree's parents awoke to find their nine year old daughter missing. Extensive investigation showed that …

010 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry

July 23rd, 2017


Nineteen year old newlywed Arlis Perry got into a spat with her husband while on a walk. She decided to go on alone to Stanford Memorial Church to …

009 - The Disappearance of the Fort Worth Three

July 16th, 2017


Seventeen year old Rachel Trlica of Fort Worth, Texas, wanted to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Her best friend, fourteen year old Renee …

008 - The Bible John Murders

July 9th, 2017


From 1968 to 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland, a brutal rapist and murderer committed a series of attacks from February of 68 to October of 69. Then, just …

007 - The Suspicious Disappearance of Sky Metalwala

July 3rd, 2017


On the morning of November 6th, 2011, Julia Biryukova placed her daughter, Maile, and her sick son Sky Metalwala into her car, taking Sky to the …

006 - Dorothy Scott & Jesse Ross

June 25th, 2017


32 year old Dorothy Scott was a single mother, working in Stanton California in 1980. A mysterious caller began harassing Dorothy, stalking and …

005 - The Murder of Suzanne Jovin

June 18th, 2017


21 year old Suzanne Jovin was attending prestigious Yale University when she was murdered on the night of December 4th, 1998. An investigation full …

004 - Rico Harris: Into Thin Air

June 11th, 2017


On October 9th, 2014, 37 year old Rico Harris began a 1,000 drive from Alhambra, California to Seattle, Washington. Rico was moving in with his …

003 - The Vanishing of Lauren Spierer

June 2nd, 2017


In the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2011, twenty year old Indiana University sophomore Lauren Spierer vanished without a trace after a night out …

002 - The Disappearance of Tara Calico

May 28th, 2017


Nineteen year old Tara Calico disappeared during her daily bike ride. Despite search efforts, she couldn't be located. Nine months later, a chilling …

001 - The Mysterious Death of Kurt Sova

May 21st, 2017


Five days after he is reported missing, the body of seventeen year old Kurt Sova is found in a ravine not far from his home. Baffled, police ruled …

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