By Ashley Rutledge, Assistant Features Editor—
If you consider yourself a member of the podcast world, you’ve most likely heard of Up and Vanished, which follows the stories of missing people.
It’s currently on season two and has already secured a television show with Oxygen based off the podcast. Season one was all about the 2005 disappearance of Tara Grinstead in Ocilla, Georgia, which had been a cold case for almost eleven years. Once the team at Tenderfoot TV in Atlanta and host Payne Lindsay started releasing episodes in late 2016, people in the small town of Ocilla finally started coming forward with information and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation finally made two arrests in connection with Tara’s disappearance.
We’re currently towards the end of season two, which follows the July, 2016 disappearance of a Crestone, Colorado woman named Kristal Anne Reisinger. She was a bright and bubbly person but unfortunately she often associated with a rougher crowd, which might have led to her disappearance and probable death. There are two different theories on her disappearance.
Some people think she is still alive, but others disagree because she has a young daughter whom she loved, and it does not make sense that she would go two years without speaking to her family and especially her daughter.
This season is more difficult to follow simply because there is no evidence in the case. Lindsay, the podcast’s host, has interviewed a few persons of interest, but still no concrete evidence has been found.
Since season two is nearing its end, I have to say that it falls very short of season 1, not in the sense of the investigators’ or the Up and Vanished team’s abilities, but because the case is still cold, no more evidence has been found, and no one has come forward with any investigation-altering advice. Two men, nicknamed Catfish and Big Cat have been interviewed by the show’s host but both deny any involvement with her disappearance.
I would still encourage people to give it a listen, since it is an interesting story about the quirky and spiritually-centric town of Crestone, Colorado. Overall, season one was just better, but there are still a few episodes of season two left, so don’t count it out yet.