On November 12, 2008, twenty-three-year-old Christine Lindsey Walters was transported to a nearby hospital after being found nude and confused on the doorstep of a rural home in Arcata, California.
Evidently, Christine would not disclose any details to police as to her previous whereabouts, but did contact her mother in Wisconsin stating that she had been involved in a "ceremony", and believed that someone was following her.
She was treated medically, allegedly tested negative for drugs, and released from the hospital.
Christine, with the help of her parents, rented a room at a local hotel. Once she was settled, her parents then began arranging for a flight back to her home in Wisconsin.
On November 14th, Christine retrieved some paperwork at a local copy center that her mother had faxed to her. Workers described her behavior as paranoid.
Christine left the copy center and has not been seen since.
In post one, I reviewed the details Christine's case, and in post two, I discussed why police have been encouraged that the missing woman will be found and why I believe her parents have been unfairly criticized.
Today, I want to offer suggestions, based on what is available publicly, for future activity in the investigation and explore a few case oddities.
The Fax from Her Mom
Has the faxed information sent by Christine's mom been located? Was it recovered with her backpack at the Green Life Evolution Center or with items in her hotel room?
If the paperwork is also missing, it can be assumed that Christine was going to use it to obtain new identification information.
If she believed someone was following her (whether this was reality or not), it is understandable that she would not go retrieve her backpack or other personal belongings so as not to risk being seen.
Her Social Networking Accounts
Since she used her MySpace account to contact an old friend prior to vanishing (as reported by journalist David Lohr), it may be helpful to determine if her Facebook account was active at the time in question as well.
Just to be sure, I did locate a Facebook account for her.
Who are her listed friends and are any of them connected to the part of California where she went missing?
In the albums section of her MySpace page, Christine proudly displays multiple "counter-culture" photos of her with friends on July 5th (I am assuming this was 7/5/2008). It would seem that she enjoyed modeling for photo opps, and that her life in California up to November 2008, prior to vanishing, would likely include additional appearances in similar photos.
In contrast, not much seems to be known about Christine's time in California.
I would hope that her friends would submit any images of Christine during the fall of 2008, so that they can be studied by her family and others interested in her disappearance.
Identifying and speaking directly with as many people as possible from her time in Golden State could provide useful information.
Here are two additional suggestions...
1) If it has not been done already, I think the parents will want their daughter's medical records subpoenaed so that they can review any health issues that may be pertinent to her case (especially if she had been treated previously at an emergency room in California).I'll complete my discussion on this case next time.
The private investigator hired by the family or someone else may also use this information to reinterview the intake folks at the hospital where she was treated and released.
2) She is not currently listed in the US Department of Justice's NamUs database for missing persons, and her information should be entered immediately to provide greater visibility to the case.
To view all posts in this series on Christine Walters Missing Person go here, and the photo was used from Christine's MySpace.