This case may have been on AMW, But i posted it in the exclusive forum due to my Uncertainty.
5 Year Old Victor Dwight Shoemaker, JR, Was last seen on May 1st, 1994, When he was playing in the woods behind his Grandfather's Trailer in the village of Kirby, WV, with his Two Cousins, Ages 8 and 9, Respectively. According to his cousins, Victor left the group and set off back to his Grandfather's House to get a snack, Never to be seen again. Authorities Do Not suspect foul play, Rather they think that Victor got lost in the woods and died due to the elements, But his fanily believes that he was abducted.
My Thoughts? I know that Victor's two cousins were given both polygraph and psycological tests and each passed them both, But there is something about their story that seems a bit "funny", With lack of a better word. I personally think that if he got lost in the woods and died, that the massive searches would have yielded SOMETHING at some point.
Admin Note # 1: According to the Charley Project, if you have any information in this case, please contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-822-3561 or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 202-324-3000
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 25, 2015 19:30:51 GMT -5
Oh wow, a case thread from someone besides me or HeadMarshal. Cool! LOL!
Victor Shoemaker has been on AMW (he was aired on at the very least the May 24th, 1994 episode briefly (I assume as breaking news since it was shortly after his disappearance), so I'm going to move this to the missing on tv section.
As far as what little I know, it does sound like the terrain is rough and rocky and very easy to get lost in. Although it's a bit different since in fugitive cases, they are looking for a live human being and assuming he/she is still armed and dangerous, it is rather amazing how we see so many of those cases where an adult male goes undetected in the woods for years like a Shane Miller (ok only a year or so but still). So if search efforts can't even detect an adult male, a child could be even harder to find.
His cousins also were 8 and 9, and although polygraphs are not always accurate, I do kind of feel to be that young under that kind of pressure that if they weren't being honest they wouldn't have passed it. Some people can trick a polygraph. I don't believe an 8 or 9-year old can. The only possibility for the test not being accurate is faulty equipment in this instance imo.
In fairness to your points though, I do agree that it doesn't sound like they had much luck in finding anything- you'd think a dog would have picked up some sort of scent or something like that.
I also do think however whatever the cousins did or didn't know, it is still possible a stranger abducted Victor.
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 25, 2015 20:04:31 GMT -5
P.S. Added the phone numbers for people to call. Just site tradition to give any non-members reading this forum a number to call if they want to send information. You don't have to worry about doing that, I usually just insert it into all new threads.
Post by HeadMarshal on Jan 25, 2015 22:21:49 GMT -5
Amazing job Bountyhunter, you found a case that I never knew was on AMW before!
As far as theories, I'm struggling to find a reason as to why Victor's cousins would lie in the polygraph tests. According to CharleyProject, a truck was seen nearby when Victor disappeared so that could possibly lean towards an abduction.
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 25, 2015 22:24:56 GMT -5
The only reason- in my opinion- the cousins would lie if they were afraid. If there was an abductor and he said something like if you say anything I'm going to come back and kill you or something like that.