Santa Cruz, California, is renowned for its secure, laid-back beach atmosphere. Boasting white sandy beaches and a charming boardwalk, it remains a favoured destination for tourists. It was the peak of summer season in 2015. The city was abuzz with holiday makers, while residential neighbourhoods were filled with children off school for the holidays. On the 25th of July, everything changed, as the entire city’s focus shifted to the search for a missing girl.
Numerous safeguards are established to protect vulnerable individuals, particularly children. In an ideal world, these systems work the way they are supposed to. Unfortunately, however, the child protection system is infallible, and when it fails, children are the ones left to pay the ultimate price.
On Friday the 11th of June, 2009, Joanne Witt’s co-workers were concerned when she failed to show up for work. Over the weekend, they routinely checked at her home. The air conditioning was switched on, but nobody answered the door. By Monday, their concern had escalated so much that they promptly reported her missing.
It is widely acknowledged that disparities exist in missing person cases. When a victim fits the mold of an all-American, girl-next-door from an affluent family, their case tends to garner significantly more national attention. This reality was evident in two remarkably similar cases involving pregnant mothers that occurred in California in 2002. The divergent treatment and media coverage of these cases showed that not all victims are equal.
On the 5th of August, 2022, 16-year-old Kiely Rodini vanished from a party near the Prosser Family Campground within the Tahoe National Forest in California. According to reports, the party was attended by hundreds of teenagers and young people, many who had come from all across the state. This is an ongoing case, and Kiely still remains missing.
Lisa Marie Naegle had always dreamed of becoming a reality star. In 2010, she hoped these dreams would materialize when she was selected to compete in the controversial reality show, Bridalplasty. The show, however, was hit with much criticism and Lisa would return home to California and continue with her average life. In 2016, however, […]