Aundria Michelle Bowman was a 14 year old from Hamilton, MI. She had been adopted when she was very young and never knew her biological family. On March 11, 1989, Aundria allegedly ran away from her family’s farm house after getting caught stealling money. She was never seen again.
Donald David Smatlak was a 25 year old from North Versailles, PA. On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 he left his apartment to visit a friend in the neighboring town of Delmont. He never reached his destination and was never seen again.
Joshua Cheney Guimond was a 20 year old student at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. On the night of November 9th, 2002, he was playing cards with his friends in their dorm room. Around 11pm he left the room, his friends thinking he went back to his dorm. He was never seen again.
Christopher Lynn Sanders was a 40 year old from Cason, TX. He had two children and loved to fish. On the morning of August 13, 2017, in Monahans, TX, someone saw Chris walk away from his trailer, jump a fence, head east on I 20, and disappear in the distance. He was never seen again.
Developing: Christi Nichols for Friday
Kelly Rothwell, a 35 year old woman from Indian Rocks Beach, FL, was a police cadet who just a few weeks from graduation. On March 12, 2011 she told a friend she was going to home to break up with her boyfriend. Kelly was never seen again.
Meaghan Good, a pinnacle of missing person digital reporting, is interviewed
Eric Lee Franks was a 38 year old from Saginaw, MI. He loved children and communicating with his friends on social media. On March 21st, 2011, according to the mother of Eric’s biological daughter, she saw him drive away from her house. However, no one noticed he was missing for six months. He was never seen again.
So, please trust me when I say that the world we live in is safer than it has ever been since the 1950’s. That doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen. It doesn’t mean it will continue to be this way. All it means is this is how it is right now.
Unfortunately, what I’m also saying is I don’t believe our “nature” has changed. I do not believe that we are inherently nicer or more peaceful humans than 50 years. Nothing I’ve seen tells me that. I mean, all you have to do is read any Comments section for virtually any online article out there and it eventually descends into people making threats against each other.
Ben Charles Padilla was a 50 year old from Pensacola, FL. He was a licensed aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, and pilot of small airplanes. He was on a job in Luanda, Angola, overseeing the refurbishing of a 727. On the evening of May 25th, 2003, with the job almost completely done, an assistant and he went to the plane to test its engines. Minutes later the 727 rolled down the runway and took off. Neither the plane nor the men were ever seen again.