It sure seems that way. This is some freaky shit:
Because of extensive investigation by Duarte and Gannon, Jan Jenkins now says she knows exactly what happened to her son on the night he disappeared, Oct. 31, 2002.
“Chris was abducted in a cargo van,” she said. “He was driven around Minneapolis for hours and tortured. He was taken down to the Mississippi River and he was murdered. And after that, his body was positioned and taken to a different spot and then to a different point in the Mississippi River.”
Gannon and Duarte say they’ve discovered a link between Jenkins’ death and the drownings of at least 40 other men in 25 cities in 11 different states.
I remember reading about these mysterious drownings/murders when they happened. I was suspicious then and I’m even more suspicious now. Something’s just not right. Drunk people do stupid shit, but usually they make so much commotion about it that there’s 50 witnesses. These young men went quietly. Too quietly.
At least 40 young men have died in similar circumstances. We need the media to make some noise about this. I know these aren’t good-looking white women, but we’ve got to spread the word so people know what to look for: Cargo vans cruising for drunk college boys.
In the next two months, from South Bend to Sheboygan, three other college-aged men disappeared under similar circumstances. All eventually turned up in nearby lakes or rivers, all but Guimond, who’s still missing a year later.
In each case, police ruled out foul play. They called the deaths accidents or suicide.
Until we shine a light on this the cops will continue to act like it’s no big deal. People commit suicide all the time… but how many of those were faked to cover up the evidence? You think murderers don’t watch CSI?
Props to Detectives Duarte and Gannon for sticking with the case — even past retirement. These are true detectives and an inspiration. Somebody needs to make this into a movie starring Bruce Willis and Al Pacino before people pay attention, unfortunately. Help spread the word!
UPDATE 4/30/08 – Another young college-aged male has disappeared mysteriously and then been found in a body of water. This poor guy was from St. Paul, but he died in New York. No word yet if the death will be ruled a homicide, but I certainly hope police are seriously considering the possibility after the recent revelations described above.