The Strange Disappearance of the Jamison Family

Hello everyone, I’m Kaitlyn Mahle. Welcome to my TED Talk. After writing my article on the mysterious man known as the Watcher, I was inspired to continue writing these types of articles. I won’t waste anymore time; let’s dive right into the death and disappearance of the Jamison Family.

It was October 8th of 2009 when the Jamison family which consisted of Bobby Dale Jamison (age 44), Sherilyn Leighann Jamison (age 40), and their daughter Madyson Stormy Star Jamison (age six) was never seen again. They lived in Eufaula, Oklahoma, and were last seen by a man who lived in the mountains up in eastern Oklahoma. The witness told police that he saw nobody else but the family during that time. The Jamisons were in the area looking at a 40 acre plot of land they were interested in purchasing, and they planned on living on the land in a storage container they had owned on their then current property in Eufala.

Eight days after the Jamisons were seen alive, hunters around the same location found family’s truck, abandoned and locked. Inside the truck, there was Bobby’s wallet, Sherilyn’s purse, jackets, a GPS, Bobby’s cell phone, $32,000 cash in a bank bag stuffed below the driver’s seat, and the family’s pet dog Maisy, who was malnourished, but thankfully still alive. Bobby’s phone held a picture of Madyson, which is said to be taken the day before the family disappeared. Strangely, the truck showed no evidence of a struggle of any kind. Investigators believe that they stopped at the side of the road to meet with someone they knew, and got out of the car either willingly or by force.

The GPS indicated that the family was up a nearby hill instead of with their truck and belongings. Investigators followed the coordinated from the GPS, and there they found footprints. A day later, October seventeenth, more than 800 people formed a large scale search party. Unfortunately, the search was called off.  This brings us to our next discovery.

November 13th, 2013, hunters were out looking for deer hunting locations, and discovered the partial remain of three skeleton bodies of two adults and one child. These bones were discovered just three (2.7) miles away from where the Jamison’s car was left. The bones would eventually be confirmed to be the long lost Jamison family. The cause of death is unknown, a the skeleton remains were not complete. Though there were hints of trauma, it could not be ruled out due to the incomplete remains. Disease and damage by animals also could not be ruled out. The deaths occurred under “suspicious circumstances.”

Due to disabilities, Bobby and Sherilyn were not working at the time of their disappearance and were being given disability checks. Bobby was on disability due to a car wreck, and Sherilyn’s mother, Connie Kokotan, “did not know of any settlement from the car accident that might explain the $32,000 cash.” Nobody knows where this money came from. The former sheriff working on this case, Isreal Beauchamp, stated that there were no signs that the family “were in trouble or looking to start a new life.” Security footage from the day the family left showed them making several quiet trips to and from their home. They were packing to leave. Sometimes, they would just stop and stare off into the distance.

As much as I hate cutting articles short, I’m going to have to, as there’s a lot to write about and only so much time. That’s all for this week, and stay tuned for part two to this case. I’m Katie Mahle, and thank you for coming to my TED Talk.