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    PA - Phylicia Albina Thomas, 22, Lake Township, 11 Feb 2004

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: February 11, 2004 from Lake Township, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: January 5, 1982
    Age: 22 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 110 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Both of Thomas's arms are laced with scars from dog bites. She has freckles on her face. Thomas is a cigarette smoker.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A rust-colored wool fringed sweater, a blue collared polo shirt with "Pump and Pantry" written on it, white pants, gray Nike sneakers, a blue Pump-N-Pantry hat, and a homemade beaded hemp necklace.




    Details of Disappearance
    Thomas finished her shift at the Pump-N-Pantry at approximately 11:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on February 11, 2004. Her co-workers say she was in good spirits when she left work. Afterwards, she went to her home in the vicinity of the 100 block of Route 118 in Lake Township, Pennsylvania. Her boyfriend, Ed Rudaski, says he was sleeping on the couch and woke up when she came in. They had a brief conversation and she asked him for a beer. He told her the beer was outside in his all-terrain vehicle (ATV), then he went back to sleep on the couch.

    When Rudaski woke up again an hour later and went to their bedroom, Thomas was not there. He drove his ATV to a friend's house, thinking she might be there, but she was not, so he went back to their home to wait for her return. She has never been heard from again. Rudaski believes Thomas left their residence of her own accord. There was no sign of forced entry to the house, and he heard no suspicious noises.

    Investigators believe Thomas's disappearance is suspicious. Rudaski has cooperated with the investigation and is not being called a suspect. The man who gave Thomas a ride home from work the evening of her disappearance has also been interviewed and cleared of suspicion. She was carrying her cigarettes with her at the time she went missing.

    Searchers found some mysterious notes while looking for Thomas. The notes alluded to a body which was supposedly behind the Mountain Fresh Supermarket in Pike's Creek, Pennsylvania. Police looked in that location but found nothing. The supermarket is only about a tenth of a mile from the Pump-N-Pantry where Thomas worked.

    Investigators searched the home of Steven Allan Martin, a friend of Rudaski's, for evidence relating to Thomas's disappearance. They would not say what, if anything, that they found. Martin claims he called the Rudaski/Thomas residence shortly after 11:30 p.m. on February 11 and spoke to Thomas. He says he asked to speak to Rudaski and she told him he was sleeping. This would corroborate Rudaski's version of events.

    Curiously, Martin is connected to the case of another missing young woman from Lake Township. He is the last person known to have seen Jennifer Barziloski, his girlfriend's sister, before she disappeared from Edwardsville, Pennsylvania in 2001. Barziloski's case is unsolved. Some media accounts suggested that Thomas and Barziloski's cases were connected, but authorities have found nothing to support this hypothesis beyond the fact that Martin was the last person known to have contact with them. He is, however, considered a person of interest in both cases.

    Martin was involved in a police chase in December 2004 which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. He was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison as a result. In August 2005, a month after arriving at the prison, he hung himself in his cell. Prison staff cut him down and he was taken to the hospital, where he died. He maintained his innocence in Thomas and Barziloski's cases until the end. Thomas's case is still under investigation. Police suspect foul play was involved in her disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    570-697-2000


    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._phylicia.html





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    Missing Woman's Birthday Marked

    Friday is Phylicia Thomas' 25 birthday but there are no parties planned. Phylicia has been missing since February of 2004.

    Friday members of her family gathered outside the courthouse in Wilkes-Barre to make sure her case is not forgotten. It was a grim gathering on a dreary day.

    Members of Thomas' family held signs urging investigators to find the young woman and her friend, Jennifer Barzilowski.

    Both have been missing for years. Phylicia Thomas was last seen February 11, 2004.

    "I think her boyfriend and his friends murdered her," Pauline Bailey said of her daughter, Phylicia's fate. She wants authorities to bring cadaver dogs to a property along Golf Course Road in Lehman Township. She thinks her daughter is buried there.

    That's where 31-year-old Steve Martin used to live. He was identified by state police as a "person of interest" in their probe of the missing women.

    Martin, however, committed suicide in prison before ever being charged.

    http://www.wnep.com/global/story.asp?s=5898597

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    Mother wants police to search property

    http://www.timesleader.com/news/2008...as_dw_ART.html

    12 Feb 08

    Armed with a petition full of 600 names, Pauline Bailey took her continued fight to find her missing daughter to the county courthouse steps Monday, the four-year anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance.

    Bailey said she’s been trying for years to have police use cadaver dogs to scour a Sweet Valley property to see if the remains of her daughter, Phylicia Thomas, are there.

    Her pleas have been ignored, she has said.

    Now, she hopes the 600 names will grab the attention of police and stir some action in the case.

    Thomas has been missing since she disappeared from her Lake Township home Feb. 11, 2004. Another young woman, Jennifer Barziloski, has been missing since she was last seen outside an Edwardsville bar in 2001.

    No one has been charged in either disappearance, but police knew both women had a connection to Steve Martin, who lived in the Sweet Valley home Bailey wants to search.

    more at link

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    Has Ed Rudaski and the guy that drove Thomas home been asked for polygraphs? Did they pass?

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    Has Steve Martin cooperated with the police? Did he have a polygraph? Did he pass?

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    I don't know about polygraphs. The cops seem to be focusing pretty much exclusively on Martin, but seeing as how he's dead, I don't see how far that can go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soonerbabie View Post
    hey guys, I run a coalition to help families find their missing loved ones in PA. I have become very close with Phylicia's mother and when researching to try to help her I found your site which apparently I was a member of and forgot lol. I wanted to help you guys out with info I have.

    As far as the myspace it is not her offical myspace. her offical one is www.myspace.com/bringphyliciahome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon999 View Post
    Has Ed Rudaski and the guy that drove Thomas home been asked for polygraphs? Did they pass?
    The guy whom brought Phylicia home is not a suspect he was a friend of Phylicia's and has cooperated fully. Ed has taken a polygraph if I remember correctly but I will ask Pauline (her mother) to be sure. He did pass it but she is 100% sure he either did it or was apart of the situation when someone else actually did it. More or less he knows more then he is saying. So you ask how he could have passed a lie detector test then right? We asked the same to a forensic scientist whom works with us and she said he is probably a sociopath from the profile she knows about him. (if you want to know more about sociopaths here is a link http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html it tells about lie detector tests with sociopaths) Ed has taunted Phylicia's mother saying she will never find Phylicia because she is buried in a well on Steve's property. (there is 3 wells on Steve's property. Pauline has asked the police to search the property. They say they did and that the dogs only found deer bones. She took her own professional with cadaver dogs to the property (illegally so what they found doesnt matter) and the dogs hit 3 times (Steve is linked to 3 disappearances) Steve and Ed are friends with Hugo Selenski as well (you can google him for more info if you need to) he is in prison now standing trial for the murder of 2 people. They found the bodies buried on his property. If you have any other questions let me know.

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    Hey guys if you can please sign this petition for Phylicia's mother. Thanks so much
    http://phyliciathomas.petitionhost.com/
    Last edited by ProjectAngelEyes; 02-07-2010 at 12:38 PM. Reason: forgot to add link


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    Dental records for woman missing since '04 sought

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/den...ounty-1.715799

    By Kristen Gaydos (Staff Writer)
    Published: April 4, 2010

    WILKES-BARRE - State police are investigating whether human skeletal remains found Friday in Hunlock Twp. may provide insight into the fate of Phylicia Thomas, who disappeared Feb. 11, 2004.

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    From Lavonda's link above (6 April 2010):

    Pauline Bailey on Monday visited the wooded area of Hunlock Township where human bones were found last week, still wondering if the remains are those of her missing daughter, Phylicia Thomas, and still waiting on an answer from police.

    Authorities on Monday examined the skeletal remains, but have yet to positively identify them. A forensic anthropologist will now asked to examine the bones.

    The area where the skeletal remains were found is near where Thomas and another missing Sweet Valley woman, Jennifer Barziloski, lived. It's also near the home of a man who was considered by police the primary person of interest in their disappearance, until he committed suicide in prison.

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    just found this

    Today marks seven years since a Lake Township woman disappeared.

    Family and friends of Phylicia Thomas will gather at 5 p.m. at Kirby Park for a candlelight vigil, an annual ritual for the woman's loved ones.

    "I feel there are people out there who know what happened to Phylicia. They need to come forward with information, even if it's anonymous," said Jessica Shipton, founder of Project Angel Eyes, a coalition to help families with missing loved ones, including Thomas' family.



    Read more:

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/candle...ance-1.1103210
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    But if that drop was not in the ocean,
    I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
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    DA pressed to reopen probe
    Mother of Phylicia Thomas wants new DA to go over investigation of daughter’s disappearance.

    Pauline Bailey arrived at the Luzerne County Courthouse on Thursday morning hoping request the new district attorney, Stefanie Salavantis, reopen the investigation into the 2004 disappearance of her daughter, Phylicia Thomas.

    She never got the chance.

    “I was told she wasn’t there and she had no time,” said Bailey.

    [snip]

    A candlelight vigil for Thomas is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the pavilion near the pond in Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre.

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