She wanted to read the Bible and said that she was afraid: uneasy questions surrounding the case of the missing teen California

connectVideoUnanswered questions surrounding the case of the missing teenager Karlie Guse

It was cold as soon as it began.

Just three days before Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs caught national headlines in October last year after the horrific murder of her parents and her own kidnapping, nearly 2,000 miles away in the sleepy California border with Nevada, 16-year-old Karlie Guse disappeared with little fanfare and next to no trace.

While Closs was miraculously found alive in January, Guse the small town of Chalfant and the surrounding California counties of Mono and Inyo, have ripped at the seams, with many more questions than answers.

“It has been seven months,” her mother, Lindsay Fairley, told Fox News. “Around 9.35 pm on Saturday, October 13, I had been warned by her father – my ex-husband – that she was gone. Road to me is a huge red flag and it is never easy with me.”

“There is nothing, we have followed every lead,” Sheriff Ingrid Braun of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, which is charged with the study, told Fox News. “It is super frustrating. It is an open investigation until Karlie is located.”

The ordeal started the night before, on Friday 12 October. Karlie skipped a local football game and instead attended a small meeting with her boyfriend and a few others where they would suddenly become afraid and erratic after smoking marijuana.

Somewhere just after 8 a.m., a distraught Karlie called her stepmother, Melissa Guse –with whom she lived in a rural house outside of the nearest city of the Bishop, together with her father, Zac, and two younger brothers, hurriedly come and collect her. But as Melissa approached the location, they found Karlie had already departed, and was frantically running in a dark alley. On the ride home, Karlie reportedly repeated she was scared and changed seats several times and was afraid that the vehicle would kill her.

Missing California teen Karlie Guse
(Thanks Lindsay Fairley)

Once at home, according to testimony given by her father, Zac, and stepmother, Melissa, Karlie, whose pupils were hugely dilated – continued to express fear and referred to the lettuce in her salad as the “devil’s lettuce.”


That night, Melissa said that she made a secret audio recording of her disoriented stepdaughter, so that she would be able to later to hear what they sounded like high.

A former homicide detective and private detective Michael Boone, who obtained permission from Fairley, talk, Fox News, said that the audio clip was the last “proof of life” in her voice to hear was about 10.30 pm that night.

Fox News listened to one of the two alleged recordings, which was 8 minutes and 45 seconds long. Karlie’s shaking voice conveyed deep anguish, saying that they didn’t want to sleep in case she was killed, and asks Melissa to call 911 if needed. The teary teenager apologized, and reportedly remained in something of a panic-mode – dotted with “I love you” and “hi”– talking with her stepmother, who appeared to be quietly talking with her, until after 3 hours.

As is apparent from the audio, Melissa described later Karlie behavior vacillating between paranoid and excited – scared at one moment and want to paint toenails, and color of the books on another. Nevertheless, there was a seemingly sense of something like the step-mother exchanged text messages with Karlie’s friend, who was concerned about her condition.

“From Friday evening to Saturday, we had a number of texts. I told Donald ‘pray’ at a time,” Melissa Guse wrote to Fox News in an e-mail exchange. “Karlie was talking about going to the church and want to read the Bible.”

According to Melissa, they spent most of the night with Karlie for dozing. She checked its 5.48 am and when she returned to her room about 90 minutes later, between 7.15 and 7.30 am – Karlie was nowhere to be found. A fresh footprint – possibly Karlie’s – was found in their driveway that day.

Karlie is described as 5-foot-7, 100 pounds with dark blond hair and blue eyes. Although there was some confusion about what they are likely to carry on in the morning, it is assumed that they will be in grey pants and Vans shoes.

Three different witnesses, Braun said, confirmed have seen Karlie that morning to exhibit strange behavior. A witness described her as the possession of a white piece of paper, which this close to her have since speculated was of a counseling session.

The last documented sighting was of Karlie walking in the direction of California’s 6. The prominent U.S. Route 6 stretches all the way from California to Massachusetts, weaving through 14 states from Nevada to Nebraska, Indiana, and then in New York.

“Karlie may be disoriented and has no personal possessions or mobile phone with her,” warned the sheriff in a post on Facebook.

With no direct indication of the abduction or physical description of a vehicle, no amber alerts will be sent. There are no security cameras on the outside of the house, and according to the law enforcement, there are no gas stations or other markings in the area with cameras. The home – just miles from the Nevada border – had no signs of a break-in.

Helicopters, search dogs, horse seekers and off-road vehicles were sent to comb the rugged terrain in the following days, only to come up empty.

It was assumed that Karlie left, right, left without adequate clothing to protect her from the harsh elements that come with the frozen desert early in the morning and painful warm days on the eastern edge of the Sierra. On October 25, researchers announced that the ground search was over.

Karlie Guse disappeared in the early morning of October 13, 2018
(Mono County Sheriff’s Department (hand))

The FBI was called in to assist on the case and doing a forensic sweep of her electronic devices and social media. Braun said that she continued to be vigorously involved, a spokesman for the Office of the Sacramento Field Office confirmed.

But the case has become something of a social media firestorm. While the scores of the support pages and private groups have sprung up of both those who know Karlie and those who do not, they have with them a multitude of questions, despair, theories, and frustrations.

In the months after the conclusion of the official search, both locals and out-of-towners have been trying to find the teen girl.

Kammi Foote, Clerk/Recorder and Registrar of Voters in the neighborhood of Inyo County, told Fox News that she was approached by a mutual friend of Melissa Guse on 31 October as a community event organizer, to help orchestrate a volunteer search for Karlie in the vast topography, which she did in November.

“About 50 people came out and we focused on two areas. We were not professional, we just wanted to support,” she said. “We have found nothing.”

Foote said she organized a more low-profile search again in the beginning of January, which is about 18 people attended. She acknowledged that there are still plenty of relics in this area considering the range of wild animals, but stressed that everything they were not sure about, they are handed over to the police.

Retired Mammoth Police Department Sgt. Paul Dostie told Fox News he came in the complex case independent at the end of last year and about the search of the contour. In December, he said, bloody underwear was found, and their team collected piles of coyote scat and turned it to the test. In this latter regard, Dostie said there are only a few laboratories in the country capable of accurate testing.

He insisted they were not sent to the correct facility, but the California Department of Justice. So, this week, Dostie said, he sent samples of the same stack to an Alabama-based lab, presumably with the technology that can analyze the DNA. But at the time that the sheriff said the underwear was not believed to be linked to Karlie.

In addition, Fairley and Boone both have made their displeasure expressed about persons who may interfere with an open investigation.


As for the test results to date, they remain under wraps. Braun told Fox News that they are not releasing all details of the research are that something about audio recordings, information from electronic devices, or the test items until the case is closed.

“We don’t want to compromise anything,” she said. “There are no suspects. No one is excluded, but no one was excluded.”

May 13 marked Karlie’s 17th Birthday
(Mono County Sheriff’s Department (hand))

Braun also noted said the Mono County District Attorney’s Office has been briefed on the investigation, but they are not actively involved.

Another of Fairley’s point-of-view, the last seven months is an accumulation of mishandled official protocol, and the lack of transparency.

“I want answers, I want some more clarity about what is going on in this case, and why the polygraphs are not released,” she said. “I know that it’s an active investigation, but I feel like the biological mother, I have the right to know.”

Meanwhile, Melissa, the step-mother, insisted that law enforcement is doing everything they can, and confirmed to Fox News that she and Fairley are not on speaking terms, as the case languishes without resolution, noting that the “allegations and conspiracies” leveled against her personally are “far outside the range.”

“I love Karlie as my own daughter and I always will,” she wrote.

Prior to her disappearance, Karlie was a pupil of the Bishop Union High School, where the other pupils characterized her as a good, kind, and introverted student.

“She was sweet and quiet, until she came out of her shell,” a fellow student told Fox News, pointing out that in the seven months that she left, said very little at school and the number of posters that went first were later demolished.

Another friend of the family said: Karlie never gave any indication of wanting to run away or something more sinister.

“We talk about her every day. This kind of stuff just doesn’t happen in the Bishop,” said the friend, who recently left the area. “People don’t go missing.”

Prior to her disappearance, Karlie was a pupil of the Bishop Union High School, where the other pupils characterized her as a good, kind, and introverted student.
(Mono County Sheriff’s Department (hand))

However, a school friend told Fox News that word was that Karlie had a few weird episodes in the days before her disappearance, the expression of some irrational concern about the fact that “tracked” on her phone. Nonetheless, both Fairley and Melissa Guse said that they had not observed any unusual behavior prior to her disappearance.

“Of all the years I have investigating these cases, this is really the craziest thing,” Lynda Bergh, who sometimes partners with Boone as a private investigator, told Fox News. “There are all sorts of theories about what might have happened, but there is simply no evidence.”


With the passage of time, the pain of not knowing only burrows deeper. May 13 marked Karlie’s 17th birthday, her first as a missing person.

“I will never give up looking for her,” Fairley said. “Nothing makes sense. There are many unanswered questions. I want to know where my baby is, someone who knows more than they say.”

If you need information about Karlie the location, call the Mono County Sheriff’s office in 760-932-7549 option 7, or the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children at 800-843-5678 (800-THE-LOST).

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