The Mysterious Disappearance Of Karlie Guse

The disappearance of 16-year-old Karlie Gusé from her Chalfant Valley, California home has baffled investigators for more than two years. The teen was reported missing after leaving her house in the early morning hours of October, 13, 2018. According to the FBI, Gusé left her home wearing just a t-shirt, sweatpants, and Vans shoes but did not take her phone or any belongings. She was last seen walking past the home of a witness and neighbor, Richard Eddy. 

In a video interview posted on the FBI’s YouTube page, Eddy stated that it was 6:30 or 7 a.m. when he noticed a young girl with long brown hair walking by. He thought was “unusual” at that hour and also because it was “chilly” out and she was only wearing a t-shirt with no jacket or coat. He also said that he saw the girl waving a piece of paper as she was walking.

At about 8 a.m., Eddy said Gusé’s step-mother, Melissa Gusé, came to the home to see if Eddy had seen her. He said he thought he had and hopped on his motorcycle to see if he could find the girl he had seen, thinking she may have gone into a nearby canyon — but he found no trace of her. 

According to FBI agent Brad Bilderback, the place where the teen went missing is very desolate. In a video posted to YouTube, he said “To really up and vanish like she did — it’s mind-boggling. Somewhere somebody knows something.” 

Karlie was acting erratic and paranoid the night before she disappeared

According to Crime Online, Karlie’s step-mother, Melissa, told investigators that the night before Karlie’s disappearance, she picked her up at around 8:30 p.m. and that Karlie had told her she’d smoked marijuana and was feeling “paranoid.” To her stepmother, Karlie seemed “disoriented.” 

Stories of the Unsolved reports that Karlie’s behavior after Gusé picked her up that night was highly erratic — the teen was paranoid that someone was going to kill her or that she would die. She was particularly concerned about being traced on her cell phone. This leads some to believe Karlie Gusé was on something other than marijuana that night and possibly still high when she left the house. 

After some time, Karlie calmed down and Gusé slept next to her, per Crime Online. Melissa woke up around 5:30 a.m. and saw Karlie lying in bed with her eyes open, then drifted off again until 7:15 or 7:30 a.m. When she awoke, she says, Karlie was gone.

Karlie’s father, Zachary Gusé told the FBI he has two theories: He said he believes that Karlie either walked so far into the desert that she died out there, or she was abducted as she was walking down the road, per an interview on YouTube.

In another FBI interview posted to YouTube, Bishop Union High School Principal David Kalk said that at first, it felt like Karlie would turn up, but after multiple searches provided no clues (and with so much time passing), he thinks in the backs of people’s minds they’re “resigned to the fact that we may never see Karlie again.” 

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