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Missing Family Mystery Gets New Twist Thanks to Video and Anonymous Tip
It was October of 2009 when Bobby Jamison and his wife Sherilyn took their 6-year-old daughter Madyson on a family outing. The three family members would never be heard from again and the case of their disappearance quickly became on the most bizarre mysteries in Oklahoma.
The Jamison’s case has been the topic of searches by law enforcement and friends and was even featured on the Investigation Discovery show “Disappeared.”
The family was reported missing following their trip to Panola Mountain, just outside of Red Oak. Someone found their truck abandoned half way up the mountain. Inside was the Madyson’s dog, the family’s jackets, cell phones and $32,000 in cash.
Friends and family members say they refuse to believe the family just walked away. “I don't believe the walk away theory at all and why would you walk away and leave $32,000 cash in your vehicle?” questions Niki Shenold, a friend of Sherilyn.
Shenold says she has been searching for the family since they disappeared, but after the national show aired, she got a strange tip. “I got an anonymous call from a woman wanting to know if I was the one looking for the Jamisons.”
The mysterious caller told Shenold that she had once belonged to a white-supremacy group. “She saw a book that had a bunch of names in it,” Shenold told Fox 25, “They were names of people that someone in the group had a problem with and needed them taken care of.”
The woman told Shenold she tried to remember names after each rally and would go home and search for them on the internet. Many of the names came back to missing persons cases. That’s how she learned about Bobby and Sherilyn.
Shenold says she did not know what to make of the caller, but then the woman told her a piece of information that proved she knew or saw something. “She knew about the insignia on his wedding ring which not many people know about that,” Shenold said.
“She had overheard some conversations with these guys where clearly they were talking about Sherilyn, Bobby and Madyson; that they took care of them.” Shenold says the woman described details about the conversations she overheard after the family disappeared. “Supposedly one of the guys talked about how he liked to put Madyson on his lap and how it made him feel good.”
The new clues caused Shenold to go back and look at surveillance video recorded outside the Jamison family home in Eufala. The video is from the day they disappeared. It shows Bobby and Sherilyn walking back and forth between their home and truck.
Investigators have said the movements appear to show the family in some sort of daze, which could point to drug use. However Shenold says she believes the family was being watched. “There's a third person in that video,” Shenold said, “Many people are quick to say that's bobby and he changed his shirt, but it's not Bobby.”
“If you watch the last time you see Bobby in his white t-shirt going to the truck and, you don't take your eye off the driver sides window of the truck, you see it illuminate white as if he's gotten in. Then later you see the guy in the brown shirt coming to truck and you still see the little illumination in the driver’s side truck. I believe bobby got into the truck and was still there.”
The Latimer County Sheriff’s office says the case is still open and active, but they cannot comment on any of the theories surrounding the case. If you have information about what happened to the Jamisons, call the sheriff’s office at 918-465-4012.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:53 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. lawmakers to take up tornado recovery bill
May 22, 2013 14:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers are preparing to take up legislation to appropriate $45 million in emergency funds to help pay for recovery efforts following deadly tornadoes in central Oklahoma.
Officials in the Oklahoma Senate say the chamber could take up a measure on Wednesday that would dip into the state's Rainy Day Constitutional Reserve Fund to help pay for recovery efforts. State House and Senate committees approved the measure on Tuesday. The Rainy Day fund's balance is expected to reach a record $660 million in July.
Money from the emergency fund would help local communities recover from a tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people. A separate tornado on Sunday left two dead in Shawnee.
Gov. Mary Fallin issued an emergency declaration for 16 Oklahoma counties on Sunday.
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