The Disappearance Files is a series appearing on Vocal.Media highlighting missing and possibly murdered indigenous men, women, and children. At times other vulnerable populations may be covered as well. Due to a combination of factors, many of these cases are lacking in terms of published information. In addition, the author seeks to cover every possible theory put forward, no matter how unlikely. Whenever possible information from police reports and multiple media sources has been incorporated into the write-up. Anyone with information about any of the cases featured is encouraged to contact local or tribal law enforcement.
When a 50 year old woman takes a while to get home, most people don't blink an eye. When Cynthia Martin disappeared, the circumstances around her last day came under intense scrutiny. Despite intense investigation, no information that could help police has come to light. It appears she simply left her can and disappeared on a winters day and has never returned.
At first her disappearance seemed like a routine trip with a few bumps, for an experienced outdoors woman with the gear she had, Frances should have made it home. Her disappearance 3 years ago has shaken her community and her family to the core. Though deaf in one ear, all who met her were unaware and it didn't seem to affect her ability to function in the wild. Where is this missing woman and why did she disappear?
When a young woman with a history of hitchhiking and hard work walks alone, most people assume she can take care of herself. This very assumption might have led to the disappearance of Tamara Lynn Chipman, one of the many missing along the Highway of Tears. September 2020 will mark 15 years since the 22 year old was last seen walking down the highway and out of the lives of everyone who knew her. Is the secret to her disappearance in her past or is she a victim of a serial killer preying on indigenous women along the BC highways?
Something that gets missed a lot in the conversation about Indigenous peoples around the world and the land that was taken from them is that even the most well meaning people are still on stolen land. Australia, Canada, The USA, the Congo, even most of Mexico was all stolen. Now to a lot of people this doesn't matter, but to some people it does or at least it should.