01-08-2015, 02:29 PM #1
IN - Crystal Reyes, 23 & Nick Sams, 31, South Bend, 27 December 2014
Crystal Reyes and Nick Sams
South Bend Police Department asking for help in December missing persons case
SOUTH BEND - The South Bend Police Department is requesting public assistance in locating two missing people. A news release from the department said the missing people are Crystal Reyes, a 23-year-old woman, and Nick Sams, a 31-year-old man. The department said the disappearance is highly unusual for both people. Sams has family in the Chicago area and travels there regularly. The family said they have not had contact with either person and reported Sams missing through the Chicago Police Department. They were last seen leaving a South Bend residence on Pleasant Street in a 2009 silver/gray Jeep Commander Sport on December 27th.
This 2009 Jeep Commander is similar to the vehicle Sams and Reyes were last seen driving. (Photo/South Bend Police Department)
01-09-2015, 06:40 AM #2
South Bend missing couple's families are speaking out
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
South Bend Police are asking for the public's help for information on two missing adults.
Two mothers are speaking out, in a cry for help to hear anything about their missing daughter and son.
Crystal Reyes, 23-years old, and 31-year old Nick Sams were last seen in the late hours of December 27th on Pleasant Road in South Bend.
South Bend Police Department said all of their leads are now exhausted and now need the public's help in finding them.
Both Reyes' and Sams' mother's have posted missing persons signs all over South Bend and all the way up to Chicago, because in their hearts they say they know their kids did not just runaway.
“I just keep saying she's at work. They have no idea and keep saying she's taking too long,” said Dora Gonzalez, she is Crystal Reyes' mother.
It is a grandmother's excuse to her wondering grandchildren, ages two and four.
An answer to why their mommy has been gone for nearly two weeks.
“December 27th, they came over about 7pm for dinner,” said Gonzalez.
Both Reyes and her boyfriend, Nick Sams, went to dinner at Dora Gonzalez' house then traveled over to Pleasant Road to Sams' mom's house.
“We haven't seen or heard ever since,” said Gonzalez.
03-10-2015, 11:18 PM #3
Update on South Bend missing couple
Crystal Reyes has been missing for over two months along with her boyfriend Nick Sams.
The couple was last seen on South Bend's west side near Pleasant street on December 27th .
ABC 57 news sat down with Crystal Reyes mother Dora Gonzalez, who says there is no way her daughter and Sams just ran away together.
She says now, as a grandmother, she is having a difficult time telling her grandchildren over and over the same story line.
"What do we tell them, we can't keep lying, we keep saying she is at work."
Reyes' two children ask for her almost every night.
"Two people just don't disappear and a whole vehicle."
03-11-2015, 12:55 AM #4
Rivers? Gorges? Ravines? An accident that hasn't been discovered yet?
03-11-2015, 05:41 AM #5
When they cannot find the car, nor the people, I always think water, deep, steep ravine, just like you, CarmelEyesD."If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
- John Irving in A Prayer for Owen Meany
Unless I provide a link or refer to a specific link, all my ramblings are theories, speculation, scenarios based on what info is available and my own unique life experiences.
03-18-2015, 01:56 AM #6
A body was discovered inside an SUV pulled from the St. Joseph River Tuesday evening. Police are saying the vehicle is linked to a missing couple, and now Metro Homicide is involved...
The SUV was pulled out of the river with human remains inside, but police do not know who the remains belong to, and they aren't even identifiable as a man or a woman at this point in the investigation.
South Bend Police say it was all because of a training exercise between the Indiana DNR and South Bend Fire Department. They were down by the river when they discovered the SUV and pulled it up. The car was covered with mud and other filth from the river, and that's why they can't identify the human remains found inside.
03-18-2015, 06:46 PM #7
Police Wednesday named Chrystal Reyes, a South Bend woman who has been missing since December, as a body found inside a Jeep that was pulled from the St. Joseph River this week. How she ended up at the bottom of the river, however, was still a mystery...
An autopsy was conducted Wednesday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich. Capt. Phil Trent, a South Bend police spokesman, said the autopsy revealed no visible injuries that suggested foul play, though toxicology tests were still pending. The cause and manner of death were undetermined...
Above all, he said, police would need to find Sams to fill in details about what may have led to Reyes' death. Police would likely conduct more searches of the river to explore any possibility that Sams also went into the water, he said.
03-18-2015, 06:58 PM #8
"It was in excess of 20 feet of water which, for the river here in St. Joe County, that's fairly deep," explained Cpt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department, "If the vehicle went in at the access point, it takes a little bit of time before it gets enough water to sink fully. It was found a few feet off the shoreline in a deep channel"...
Reyes and Sams were both last seen leaving a residence on Pleasant St. in South Bend, less than a mile from where the couple's vehicle was found...
According to family members, both the psychic and investigator identified the access point on Northside Boulevard as a point of interest in the case. "We had been telling them to look there," Priscilla Reyes explained. "The detective said the water was too shallow for a car to fit there. That her car would be noticeable there. And it turns out we were right."
03-18-2015, 10:48 PM #9Registered User
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Oh my. I just read this story a couple of nights ago. I spent an hour or so trying to find good links on cars found in the St. Joe River. I'm local. Spent many days fishing and relaxing at that very spot. I live within blocks. There's more than one place to enter the river accidentally. I was out of town when they went missing and just read the story for the first time on WS. No one here is even talking about it (at least in my circles). So sad. RIP.
Wonder how they made it into the river. Icy conditions, operator error, car malfunction???
03-21-2015, 08:31 PM #10Registered User
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Police say there is a strong possibility the body of a male that was pulled from the St. Joseph River this afternoon is that of Nick Sams, a 31-year-old who has been missing since December.
03-22-2015, 01:53 AM #11
BREAKING: Body found in St. Joseph River identified as Nick Sams
The sister of Nick Sams told NewsCenter 16 that officials have said the body found in the St. Joseph River on Saturday morning belongs to Nick Sams.
Police have not confirmed anything other than the body they found is a male. The autopsy for the body is expected to be Monday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
03-24-2015, 08:10 AM #12The second body pulled from the St. Joseph River in a week was confirmed Monday to be a missing South Bend man.
Police confirmed 31-year-old Nick Sams' identity after an autopsy.
05-20-2015, 08:32 AM #13
The deputy coroner says toxicology results are in on both Chrystal Reyes and Nick Sams. Both show no drugs in their systems and only a minimal amount of alcohol.
The official cause of death is drowning, but the coroner couldn't say how that happened. That part of the police investigation is still open.
Investigators want to determine how their jeep ended up in the St. Joe River.