About Underground Mysteries, Your Source For Unreported Missing People and Underrepresented Missing & Unidentified People Cases


 
Here at Underground Mysteries, formed in 2017, formally NeedToID (2005), our goal is to bring to light underrepresented and unreported missing person and unidentified people cases that have gotten little-to-no public recognition.
 
Believe it or not, many missing are never officially reported missing. Some cases are filed months or even years after a disappearance. Also, some cases that are filed with a police department may not be entered into NamUs. These cases may “fall through the cracks”.  There are also many cases that were filed several years ago, but the case files go “missing” themselves, due to changing servers, databases, crashed systems, physically lost files, files that never made it into a database, data entry error, and so forth.  There are thousands of unreported missing people (or those with “lost” files) in the USA at any given time. 
 
That is where Underground Mysteries comes into play. This site is not only designed to help authorities search “underground”, or, unreported missing person cases, but also to help find these missing people by multiple measures:
 
a) helping actively search for your loved one by use of paper trails, recreating a timeline, and searching public records / background reports / etc;
b) doing a very detailed write-up (news publication) on your loved one’s disappearance by collecting information, which is updated often;
c) video or audio podcast or poster creation for your loved one’s case;
d) social awareness (story circulation), including interaction with family members, friends, possibly old colleagues, and so forth;
e) law enforcement liaison (to help get your case into the government systems, and to help get a detective assigned to your case; and
f) forensic DNA setup and analysis, in which we setup DNA to be sent to the CODIS system and encourage a private DNA test to then extract its raw data and to upload to Gedmatch. With this DNA we then see if not only the person is a match, but we also see if maybe he or she had a child or grandchild in the system. We also build an extensive family tree. The reason for this is because– even with DNA– sometimes John and Jane Doe’s can take a while to be identified. This means they can sit in Gedmatch for months or years. Having a family tree can help speed up the process, in some instances. Because I have my own forensic genealogy company along with this (Doe Naming), I am associated with other forensic genealogy companies, and I keep up with their current cases to see if any are fitting.
 
 
I take on cases in the USA, northern Mexico, and Canada.
You may be wondering why there is a need for this service. You may even be wondering, “Wait, why are there unreported missing people out there?”
 
1. – I recently helped solve a 30 year old cold case of a girl who was never reported missing. I also recently helped find a woman who was never reported missing; I found her in Mexico. Many of these people won’t ever be found alive, as unfortunately so many missing people are Jane and John Doe’s, which is why I incorporate my forensic genealogy company alongside. Also, there are thousands of people who are not reported missing… shocking to hear, right? That’s why I started this company. A loved one could sadly sitting in an unmarked grave. The hope is to always find the missing person alive, though. We cover both ends of the spectrum, though.
 
2.- I actively work on several cases at once. I follow each case with as much time and effort as I can. I don’t just write about them and move on. I update each case and continue networking to bring tips to LE and keep working on their DNA.
 
3.- There are many unreported missing people. They are not reported because the family may have presumed their loved one ran away or was ignoring them (ie. the Tawni Mazzone case–she was ‘reported’ but there was no official report done by the police, or the Lyle Stevik case– a once-unidentified man whose family didn’t report him missing, or the Mostly Harmless case– a hiker who died while hiking whose family never reported him missing because they presumed he was ignoring them for years, just to name a few). Or, they may not be reported because the family didn’t know what to do. (It happens often.) Or, they may have in fact filed a report, but the report was lost during governmental system purges, or the case “fell through the cracks”. Or, they may not be reported because the family feared retaliation (and this one is a unique, tricky situation). Many people who were reported missing in the 1960’s through the 1980’s did not get the recognition or attention they deserved. Detectives would not take an adult missing person case very seriously at the time; the reason for that is because people are allowed to walk away. Oftentimes, the LE would just not allow a search or even a report, because it was seen as an injustice to the adult who may have just been trying to start anew. But we have to consider the other side: the endangerment. Many of these people are endangered adults. If detectives do not suspect foul play, then there is little reason for them to search. The good news is that sometimes these people really did just walk away and are alive and well. The bad news is that so many of these missing person cases that were filed but not entered into NamUs or CODIS or any governmental-searchable system are actually deceased and DID come into foul play, or had an accident and died unidentified, even though the family may have been told there was not much the LE could do. These cases are now getting new light. Again, to reiterate, many of the cases were also not reported whatsoever. And then there are some cases that were reported to an officer, but a detective was not assigned to the case… thus, in these cases, there may be little-to-no information on the internet of these cases.
 
I typically only take on cases in which there is little or no information found anywhere on the web or in governmental systems. You may research one of the cases I have worked on and presented and noticed there is tons of info on the web now. That was not the case in the past. The stories I share will gradually make a large web presence because of me gathering the info, circulating the stories, and getting the cases into NamUs and listed on other websites as well as on on my website (http://www.undergroundmysteries.com), Facebook, and other social media platforms. Law Enforcement search the internet when they cannot find a missing person match to their unidentified Doe case!
 
My website uses extensive tagging measures. Why is this helpful? Law Enforcement who are trying to identify a John/Jane Doe are aware of the astronomical amount of people who were either never reported missing or have no active report or any information found on the web. That is where I come into play. They can search my website by using tags to see if anything is fitting for their unidentified person case.
 
I am also a genealogist who works on cold case crimes, including rape and murder, through my company Doe Naming. The two companies go hand-in-hand, because not only do I do a lot of DNA analysis through U.M. but many missing people are victims of brutal crime.
 
Finally, you may be wondering, how do I even find these people? I do massive networking. I place many paid advertisements that go to Canada, the USA, and Mexico. They reach thousands of people. Then the people who need help will contact me.
 
Or, there are some cases, in which I get a tip from someone, or I find information through doing precise searches in public and private forums and websites (as well as social media). It is usually just a one-liner if posted to the web. (Example: “Hi, I’m looking for my sister who vanished in 1985.”) I reach out to them.
If for whatever reason I never hear back from this person who posted a vague description, I will write and credit their post to my page, in hopes it can now be publicly searchable and easily searchable by using precise tagging.

If you need to reach Underground Mysteries, please visit https://undergroundmysteries.com/contact/.

So in summary, this site will provide you with unreported, undocumented cases that will not be found on the Namus system or online (until I work on the case).  So, many of the cases you will see are now public on the Internet. However, as far as taking on new cases, I handle only unreported cases that have little or no web presence.  I also handle “underrepresented cases” sometimes, which are simply cases that are reported and may have a NamUs entry, but have very little information found online.



Virginia Eileen “Chick” Brown-McDermott went missing in the 1950s, but there is little awareness on her disappearance.
Virginia Eileen "Chick" Brown-McDermott went missing in the 1950s, but her case was unreported and never received awareness. Please click the article headline to read the full article on her disappearance.
Irina Monastyrna went missing in NYC in 2005, but she remains an unreported missing person. Her husband’s photo may hold the key to her whereabouts.
Irina Monastryna was only 25 when she came to New York City from Ukraine. No one has seen or heard from her since 2005. Please click the headline to read the full article I wrote on her disappearance.
Unidentified Man Positively Identified by Investigation Company, Underground Mysteries, as Arthur McBride of Chicago
Arthur McBride went missing in 2020 in Chicago but he was not reported missing. His body was located in 2020 but remained in a morgue for 2 years. Please click the article headline to read the full story.
Maureen D. Baskerville Hall
Update: SOLVED!I was able to locate missing person Maureen Hall yesterday (October 31, 2022). No one in her family had heard from her in 20 years. She was working as a nurse at a nursing home in 2002 when she formed a relationship with one of her patients who urged her to move to NY with him. When she arrived to NY, she called her family and asked them to send her a lot money, …
Ramiro Villanueva Has Been Missing Since 2010, And His Family is Searching For Answers.
Ramiro Villanueva went missing in October 2010, and his family is seeking answers. Please click the article headline to read the full article I wrote on his disappearance.
Jose A. Cortes Rivera
Case solved! I was able to locate Jose Cortes Rivera, who was last seen in 2012 when he was 42 years old. I wanted to write about this case because it had not received much public awareness. Jose was tragically struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian when he went missing. However, he remained unidentified as a John Doe until recently, when I found his NamUs profile and started searching for his identity. I was …
The 20-Year Anniversary of Christian Maldonado’s & George Velez’ Mysterious Disappearance From Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA is Approaching. Have You Seen This Cousin Pair?
It has now been almost 20 years since cousins Christian Maldonado and George Velez went missing from Camden, NJ / Philadelphia, PA. Please click the article headline to read the full article I wrote on their disappearance.
Veteran Believed to Have Been John Wayne Gacy Victim Located After a 45-Year Search
Ronnie Lee Smith went missing in the late 1970s and was believed to have been a John Wayne Gacy victim. He was located deceased by Underground Mysteries.
Dulce Maria Alavez Has Been Missing Since 2019, And Her Family is Desperate For Answers.
Dulce Maria Alavez was just 5 years old when she went missing from a playground in Bridgeton, NJ. Have you seen her? Please click the article headline to read the full article on her disappearance.
Fourteen-Year-Old Lamyah K. Shaffer is Missing From Wichita, KS. Have You Seen Her?
Lamyah K. Shaffer went missing from Wichita, Kansas on September 20, 2022. Have you seen her? Please click the article headline to read the full article on her disappearance.
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Have You Seen This Homeless Man in Phoenix? His Family is Desperate For Answers to His Whereabouts.
Michael Joseph Fitzpatrick, also known as "Fitz" or "Victor Rivera", 47, went missing on July 15, 2022. His last known whereabouts is the Phoenix / Glendale area in Arizona. Please click the article headline to read the full article on his disappearance.
Have You Seen This Man Walking Around Philadelphia, PA? His Family Is Trying To Help Him.
Robert Michael Riley is 35-year-old transient man missing since August 13, 2022 from Camden, New Jersey. Please click the article headline to read the full article on his disappearance.
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Nicholas Flow, AKA “Bear Wolf” Hasn’t Been Seen Since 2018
Nicholas John Flow, AKA "Bear Wolf" is a nomadic man who has not been seen since 2018. Please click the article headline to read the full story on his disappearance.
Family of Missing Newark, NJ Woman Seeking Answers For Over 20 Years
Kenya Lizette Hickson, aka "Boo Boo" or "Lizette", went missing in 2001 in Newark, NJ. Her family has been searching for her for over 20 years. Please click the article headline to read the full article on her disappearance.
Gwendolyn “Susie” King Vanished From Oklahoma City, OK in 1982, But Her Case Went Unreported Until This Year
Gwendolyn Susie King vanished as a teenager under mysterious circumstances around September of 1982. She had not been reported missing for many years. Have you seen her? Please click the article headline to read the full article on her disappearance.
Have You Seen These Siblings in Snohomish County or King County, WA? Austin & Angelica Mathews Went Missing on May 2, 2022.
Austin and Angelica Mathews went missing in Northwest Washington on May 2, 2022. Have you seen them? Please click the article headline to read the full article on their disappearance.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Anderson County, SC Billie Jo Beam-Hughes Deserves a Fresh Look
Billie Jo "BJ" Beam-Hughes went missing on July 6, 2000 after getting a ride from Williamston to Pelzer, SC when she was just 20 years old. She had plans to go to Myrtle Beach for a wedding but reportedly did not join her friends for the ride. Please click the article headline to read the full article on her disappearance.
Army Veteran Walter Lominsky Went Missing in North Bergen, NJ in 1983.  He Has Never Been Seen Again.
Army Vet Walter Lominsky has not been seen or heard from since June 9, 1983. His last known whereabouts is North Bergen, NJ. Please click the article headline to read the full article on his disappearance.

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9 thoughts on “About Underground Mysteries, Your Source For Unreported Missing People and Underrepresented Missing & Unidentified People Cases

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  1. Thank you so much for creating this site and listing the obscure cases that have either not made it big in the media or that have never been reported. Because of this site, my cousin’s information is now online and public. I see it has now been picked up by NAMUS as well.

  2. I can’t repay you for finding my uncle although deceased we wish he’d have had more time with us no one knew
    Please dont stop doing what your doing

  3. Your work is fabulously underappreciated but is dynamic to keep the communities of the world is a healthy state. Knowing what happened to a loved one, a neighbor, a friend is so important. Thanks for all you do.

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