Missing Persons

Paradise Lost : Bobby Sherilyn Jamison

posted: 09/27/12

Missing since October 2009

On October 17, 2009, Bobby and Sherilyn Jamison's truck is found abandoned on a dirt road in Oklahoma's remote San Bois Mountains. They and their 6-year-old daughter Madyson are nowhere to be found. Along with the Jamisons' coats, wallets, GPS device, and cell phones, investigators find the family dog in the truck, barely clinging to life. They are stunned to discover a bank bag hidden in the truck that contains $32,000 in cash.

As they look more deeply into the Jamison's lives, police find a series of perplexing clues, each pointing in different and increasingly unusual directions: Could the large amount of cash found in the truck signal that the Jamisons were involved in illicit drug trafficking? Did a hostile 11-page letter written by Sherilyn to her husband indicate that this was a murder-suicide? A missing .22 caliber pistol adds to the immediate concerns of law enforcement.

The leads become downright bizarre when a local pastor tells investigators that Bobby and Sherilyn apparently believed that their lakeside home was inhabited by spirits. A revenge theory comes to light after police learn that a man living with the Jamisons threatened Sherilyn's life, and was forced to leave at gunpoint.

Investigators look into each scenario, no matter how odd, and come up empty-handed. Although they have no suspects, analysis of the disappearance site gives police their current leading theory: forced abduction. The truck's location and position indicates that the Jamisons were trying to leave and their path was blocked. But what happened to the family next is a complete mystery.

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