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Old 06-19-2014, 09:11 PM   #76
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This discussion about the segment possibly being on Lifetime is interesting.

I first heard of the Calico/Henley case in the late 80s through A Current Affair and America's Most Wanted. I honestly was unaware that it was covered on UM until the early 2000s when I received a recording of the 9/20/89 NBC airing of the episode via a trade. I then passed that recording on to Crystaldawn.

If the Calico/Henley story was shown on Lifetime, I can confirm that it was NOT shown in part of the episode it originally was packaged with on NBC. The old Lifetime version of 9/20/89 (with Stack, pre-Farina) substituted the lengthy Sheldon Weinberg update in place of the Calico/Henley story.

That being said, I do remember a couple folks mentioning on the forum over the years that they saw the Calico/Henley story during the half hour 1am installments that used to air on Lifetime back in the 90s. Unfortunately, I don't recall seeing it.

However, I can also confirm that the half hour installments that aired at 1am some times did contain stories that were not shown during the 8pm hour long installments. I accidentally stumbled upon the Keith Reinhard story this way one night when I was recording a movie on Lifetime, fell asleep during the recording without shutting off the VCR and the tape kept rolling. The tape finally ran out just split seconds after the completion of the Keith Reinhard story.
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Another reason I don't believe it's a hoax is because the segment aired on the 9/20/89 episode -- the second season premiere. I don't think UM would open a season with a hoax story.
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Another reason I don't believe it's a hoax is because the segment aired on the 9/20/89 episode -- the second season premiere. I don't think UM would open a season with a hoax story.
Wasn't that the same episode that featured the Roswell UFO crash?
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Wasn't that the same episode that featured the Roswell UFO crash?
Yep, it was Jim Meade/Roswell/Tara Calico & Michael Henley Jr. in that order.
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The update that I remember seeing showed the picture of Michael Henley, and then a news shot of the area where he was last seen with Stack talking about how his body was discovered shortly from where his family was camping.
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One thing that I'm confused on is that I've heard reports that a vehicle was following Tara, and that it was also believed that the vehicle accidentally hit Tara, and it was susbsequently covered up. Huh?

If a vehicle was following Tara, that would be more indicative of a kidnapping/foul play than an accident. I have no idea why they would be following her unless he/she/they intended to do something with her.

I think someone mentioned on here that in most cases of road accidents/hit-and-runs, the victim is left behind. That makes sense. Even if police managed to find a vehicle that they believe collided with Tara and her bike, it would be very difficult to prove foul play. They could just argue that Tara wasn't watching where she was going and veered into traffic, they hit her in an accident, panicked and hid the body and the bike. It seems to me there would be little reason to hide the body and the bike to this day.

The fact that Tara has never been found makes me believe she was kidnapped.
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One thing that I'm confused on is that I've heard reports that a vehicle was following Tara, and that it was also believed that the vehicle accidentally hit Tara, and it was susbsequently covered up. Huh?

If a vehicle was following Tara, that would be more indicative of a kidnapping/foul play than an accident. I have no idea why they would be following her unless he/she/they intended to do something with her.

I think someone mentioned on here that in most cases of road accidents/hit-and-runs, the victim is left behind. That makes sense. Even if police managed to find a vehicle that they believe collided with Tara and her bike, it would be very difficult to prove foul play. They could just argue that Tara wasn't watching where she was going and veered into traffic, they hit her in an accident, panicked and hid the body and the bike. It seems to me there would be little reason to hide the body and the bike to this day.

The fact that Tara has never been found makes me believe she was kidnapped.
Could have been some teens "tailgaiting" her bike with their vehicle, harassing her. That's what I tend to think was happening. Some local idiots were messing with her, accidentally struck her, and then hid the body to cover it up.
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One thing that I'm confused on is that I've heard reports that a vehicle was following Tara, and that it was also believed that the vehicle accidentally hit Tara, and it was susbsequently covered up. Huh?

If a vehicle was following Tara, that would be more indicative of a kidnapping/foul play than an accident. I have no idea why they would be following her unless he/she/they intended to do something with her.

I think someone mentioned on here that in most cases of road accidents/hit-and-runs, the victim is left behind. That makes sense. Even if police managed to find a vehicle that they believe collided with Tara and her bike, it would be very difficult to prove foul play. They could just argue that Tara wasn't watching where she was going and veered into traffic, they hit her in an accident, panicked and hid the body and the bike. It seems to me there would be little reason to hide the body and the bike to this day.

The fact that Tara has never been found makes me believe she was kidnapped.
Just speaking hypothetically, but if a vehicle did collide with the bike, it's possible that there may be paint transference. The perp/perps might have wanted to dispose of the bike for that reason. Also, wasn't the vehicle tailing her supposedly rare/vintage even for the 80s? A rare vehicle coupled with the possibility of transference would be a good reason to get rid of the bike.

The bike being missing and her body not being found could go either way honestly. I mean, if she was kidnapped by someone, why would they take the bike? Wouldn't they just want to grab her and go?
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Just speaking hypothetically, but if a vehicle did collide with the bike, it's possible that there may be paint transference. The perp/perps might have wanted to dispose of the bike for that reason. Also, wasn't the vehicle tailing her supposedly rare/vintage even for the 80s? A rare vehicle coupled with the possibility of transference would be a good reason to get rid of the bike.

The bike being missing and her body not being found could go either way honestly. I mean, if she was kidnapped by someone, why would they take the bike? Wouldn't they just want to grab her and go?
In that scenario, they would probably take the bike in order to minimize any trail of evidence they might have left behind which would buy them some time to get away. Plus it would have been easy and quick for them to stuff the bike in their truck or van; if they were in a sedan it would have taken them a little while and a passing motorist might have noticed.
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The big picture here, is that it has never been proven Tara was abducted beyond a shadow of a doubt. The polaroid itself is circumstantial at best. Who knows maybe she took a longer route than usual and disappeared of her own free will. I've heard of cases where a person, primarily a young adult, went out to do an everyday activity and just literally walked away from everything. They started a new life, got a new job, got married, had kids, etc.

I once heard of a case where an 18 year old girl left to get milk at the grocery store and just disappeared. Her family found her 8 years later working at a WalMart in a neighboring state. She had a husband and 2 kids and refused to talk to her family.

Again I don't think the photo proves anything on the theory of Tara being abducted.
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I took it to mean kids her own age who came across her riding her bike and got behind her to harass her and mess with her, not a perp who secretly followed her. They were messing around and then accidentally got too close and hit her.
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In that scenario, they would probably take the bike in order to minimize any trail of evidence they might have left behind which would buy them some time to get away. Plus it would have been easy and quick for them to stuff the bike in their truck or van; if they were in a sedan it would have taken them a little while and a passing motorist might have noticed.
I think some pieces of her Walkman and a cassette tape she was listening to were found along the highway. Granted, I never really considered the implications of this before, but I think this might be move evidence in favor of the accidental hit theory. The Walkman could have been damaged during the accident and the assailants neglected to pick it up in their haste to quickly clean up (before other motorists came by) and flee the scene.


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The big picture here, is that it has never been proven Tara was abducted beyond a shadow of a doubt. The polaroid itself is circumstantial at best. Who knows maybe she took a longer route than usual and disappeared of her own free will. I've heard of cases where a person, primarily a young adult, went out to do an everyday activity and just literally walked away from everything. They started a new life, got a new job, got married, had kids, etc.

I once heard of a case where an 18 year old girl left to get milk at the grocery store and just disappeared. Her family found her 8 years later working at a WalMart in a neighboring state. She had a husband and 2 kids and refused to talk to her family.

Again I don't think the photo proves anything on the theory of Tara being abducted.
I've never heard of a run away theory in this case. While I suppose it is possible, there really isn't any evidence of it that I am aware. Everything I have read about the case makes it sound as if Tara's disappearance, whatever the motivations and the mechanics behind it ultimately were, was not voluntary.

Also, I think people get too hung up on the Polaroid. There could be multiple scenarios here.

A. Tara was abducted, and IS the girl in the Polaroid.
B. Tara was abducted and IS NOT the girl in the Polaroid.
C. Tara was the victim of a hit and run and IS NOT the girl in the Polaroid.

The only scenario that explains both Tara's disappearance AND the Polaroid together is the first one. The other two explain Tara's disappearance, but not the facts behind what's going on in the Polaroid.

The more I think about this whole thing, the more I think the girl in the Polaroid was NOT Tara. I mean, the photo was found quite a distance away from where Tara disappeared, several months after the fact. The FBI was never able to confirm that the girl in the Polaroid was Tara, nor were researchers at Los Alamos. The possibility that Tara was the girl in the Polaroid was suggested by her parents after they saw the photo in the media. I hate to say this, but parents in missing persons cases will often grasp at whatever straws they can to believe that their child is alive. So, the possibility of the girl being Tara provided some hope that she may one day come home. Unfortunately, I just don't think the girl was Tara. There really is no evidence that it was aside from the parent's hunch. Also, not to mention that Henley's parents were certain he was the boy in the photo. We know that can't be the case.
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I've never heard of a run away theory in this case. While I suppose it is possible, there really isn't any evidence of it that I am aware.
None whatsoever.

I guess nothing is impossible but consider that she had a family (parents and a younger sister) with whom she was extremely close. She had a ton of friends from both high school and college. She had a boyfriend. She had a full scholarship to the Univeristy of New Mexico - (a free college education which she took very seriously), I can't think of any reason why she would choose to throw all of that away and live on her own in some other state.
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I certainly don't blame Tara's parents for thinking it's her. If a person did nothing more than glance at a picture of Tara and the infamous Poloroid, I can certainly see how someone would think it's her since the general physical apperance is about the same. The odds go down the more you investigate. I could also understand how they would want it to be her since they viewed it as a better alternative than death.
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Here's a couple interesting links that are pretty recent in regards to Tara's case.

Melinda Esquibel has been working on a documentary about the case for the last couple of years (titled 'Gone Without a Trace') and is hopefully close to finishing it. Melinda was a high school friend of Tara's. She now lives in Los Angeles but her family still lives in Belen. Just like Deputy Rene Rivera said a couple years ago, Melinda says she is sure that it was boys Tara had gone to school with who struck her accidentally, freaked out and took the body and the bike. Although she says four boys were in that van and that she feels alcohol might be involved. She says she also feels that all of Belen knows who these guys are and that they are indeed responsible. But she won't name names.

Melinda also says that the year she was in New Mexico working on the documentary, she started getting harassed and she had to call 911 a few times. Her family also started getting harassed and had their home broken into multiple times.

http://www.onenewspage.us/video/2013...r-25-years.htm

This second link includes a short video interview with Tara's sister Michele Doel, who was 15 when Tara went missing. Michele has granted very few interviews over the years but she agreed to do this one on a local news station to let people know that she feels it is her responsibility to keep working on the case like her parents did. But what happened to Tara still deeply haunts and effects how she handles herself today by constantly looking over her shoulder, checking the backseat of her car and making sure she's not being followed. She also mentions that she was jogging once in downtown Albuquerque and came to a stop at a corner when she ran into a police officer. The officer asked her why she chose to jog in such a congested area and she responded that she never goes ANYWHERE that's secluded because of what happened to her sister.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s...l#.U7hAmqIb7pc
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