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WY WY - Amanda Gallion, 14, Gillette, 13 Oct 1997

Discussion in '1990's Missing' started by Rle7, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Rle7

    Rle7 New Member

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: October 13, 1997 from Gillette, Wyoming


    Classification: Endangered Runaway

    Date Of Birth: September 13, 1983

    Age: 14 years old

    Height and Weight: 5'2, 100 pounds

    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Dark blonde hair, blue eyes. Gallion's hair was dyed black at the time of her 1997 disappearance.

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    Details of Disappearance
    Gallion was last seen walking to school during the morning hours of October 13, 1997 in Gillette, Wyoming. She never arrived for classes that day and has not been heard from again.


    Gallion's case was classified as that of an endangered runaway shortly after her disappearance. Wyoming authorities reopened her investigation in 2000 after being contacted by Montana investigators. Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was arrested that year for the 1996 abduction and presumed murder of Zachary Ramsay. A photo of Bar-Jonah is posted below this case summary. Authorities discovered unidentified bone fragments on Bar-Jonah's property during a search and compared Gallion's DNA to the remains. The fragments did not match Gallion, Ramsay or Janice Pockett, a child who disappeared from Connecticut in 1973. Officials have also investigated the possibility that Bar-Jonah was involved in the 1978 Massachusetts disappearance of Andrew Amato.


    Bar-Jonah, whose given name is David P. Brown, has a lengthy criminal history. He has been convicted of sexually abusing children in the past and has confessed to cannibalistic activites. He was scheduled to be tried for Ramsay's presumed murder in 2002, but the charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence. Ramsay's remains have never been located. Bar-Jonah has never been charged in connection with Gallion's case and it is unknown if he was involved.

    In January 2007, James Strahl, an accused murderer from South Dakota, allegedly confessed to Gallion's murder. A photograph of Strahl is posted below this case summary. He was in jail awaiting trial in connection with the 1998 death of another man, William O'Hare, when one of his cellmates, Aloysius Black Crow, stated Strahl had bragged about killing Gallion. Strahl allegedly stated he picked up Gallion hitchhiking after she ran away from home, and raped and killed her after she resisted his sexual advances. He said he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the murder. His employment records indicate he was absent from work around the time of Gallion's disappearance. Strahl, however, maintains his innocence in her case and stated he never confessed anything about her disappearance and Black Crow's story is a lie. Strahl has not been charged in Gallion's case. However, authorities plan to use Black Crow's testimony in Strahl's trial for murdering O'Hare. Prosecutors stated they plan to use Strahl's alleged confession to Gallion's murder as evidence that Strahl killed O'Hare intentionally.

    Curiously, this is not the only time Black Crow has given evidence in a missing person case. In early 2006, Black Crow told investigators that one of his other cellmates, David Lykken, had admitted to killing Pamella Jackson and Cheryl Miller, teenage girls who disappeared together from South Dakota in 1971 and were never found. Lykken was charged with murdering both girls in July 2007, and is awaiting trial. Black Crow is expected to testify against him. Although many agencies continue to classify Gallion's disappearance as a runaway case, investigators believed that other factors may have been involved in Gallion's case since her Social Security number has not been used since her October 1997 disappearance. Her case remains open and unsolved.



     
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    The case of a missing Wyoming girl came up today at the sentencing of James Strahl, who'll serve life in prison for killing a rural South Dakota man nine years ago.

    South Dakota Assistant Attorney General Connie Larson told the judge that prosecutors believe Strahl was involved in the October 1997 disappearance of 14-year-old Amanda Gallion in Gillette.

    According to court papers, Strahl told a jail cellmate that he raped and killed her. Strahl has not been charged with any crimes in Wyoming.

    http://www.idaho8.com/Global/story.asp?S=7035976
     
  4. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Bump.

    This month will mark 13 years that Amanda has been missing. Come home soon sweetie.
     
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    There doesn't seem to be a lot of discussion on this case. On the charleyproject page, mention is made of her 20 year old boyfriend, who disapeared a few days later. The case brief says that he remains unidentified. A search of the Wyoming cases leads me to believe that her boyfriend was Patrick Lee Ghering, who was 20 years old, like her boyfriend, was last seen in Gillette, and was last seen 6 days after Gallion disappeared. His page on the doenetwork states that he may be with an adult woman. With all the talk on the various websites about Nathaniel Bar-Jonah and James Strahl, I just cannot get over the whole boyfriend thing. I can't help but wonder how much more LE knows about this case that they are not putting out there. Food for thought.
     
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    Bumping for Amanda, now missing 15 years. :(
     
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    Bumping for Amanda.
     
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    Missing for 16 years. Wondering what ever happened to her and Patrick Lee Ghering. Maybe he holds the key as to what happened to her.
     
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    Double post, sorry
     
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    The missing persons & Unsolved Crimes & Doe's says:
    November 19, 2014
    http://mja--inc--investigations.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=196478591
     
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    May 3, 2017 article on JuneauEmpire.com, references a comment by Amanda Gallion written 37 days ago.

    http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-05-03/douglas-residents-seek-solutions-rising-crime

    I'm not sure if its her.....but maybe? Notifying Mod....

    Amanda Gallion
     
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    From a quick search that Amanda is 42 years old whereas this Amanda would be 34. I suppose you might increase your age if you ran away however 8 years just seems too much.
    I'm quite interested in the boyfriend Patrick angle to the disappearance though.
     
  18. Henry2326

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    Hi- The Amanda Gallion in Fairbanks might be the same commenter in the article....or not. Juneau is 641 miles from Fairbanks. I don't have enough info.
     
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    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/ghering_patrick.html

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    And someone instantly asked her a question about how come that she never said anything about being missing....think that she will respond?

    I highly doubly it...for all I care it could be a totally different person with the same name (its not uncommon - there's obituary for Amanda Gallion from Texas)
     

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