Monday, August 8, 2016

Disappearing Police Chief For Monday Mystery...!

Many folks just disappear in the U.S. every year. In fact, we've talked about a few right here.

This case is a little different than the rest, mainly because the person doing the vanishing act was a police chief. Here is the story for ya!

The Disappearance Of Mel Wiley

After a lengthy career in law enforcement, Mel Wiley became the police chief of Hinckley Township, Ohio, in 1982. Three years later, the 47-year-old Wiley would vanish without a trace. The last confirmed sighting of him took place on July 28, 1985. Two days later, his abandoned station wagon was found at Lakefront State Park in Cleveland. When investigators checked Wiley’s apartment, there were no signs of foul play. Several days’ worth of food and water had been left out for Wiley’s two cats, and there were numerous personal items missing from both his apartment and his desk at the police station. The most intriguing clue, however, came from Wiley’s office typewriter.

Investigators performed an analysis on the typewriter’s ribbon and discovered that Wiley had typed a letter to a friend, in which he claimed that he was tired of his life and wanted to disappear. Curiously, Wiley’s friend never received this letter, and no copy of it was found. It seemed plausible that Wiley could have staged his disappearance, as he had gotten divorced from his wife the previous year and expressed a desire to retire from police work in order to become a writer. Wiley even claimed he had been working on a novel, but investigators could never find any manuscript for it. Wiley also never accessed any of the money in his bank account or police pension fund, and there is no paper trail for him. If he did manage to successfully orchestrate his own disappearance, he has managed to stay off the radar for 30 years.

Quite the mystery, right? Seems as though the man really wanted to disappear in the worse way. Evidently he did a good job because the missing person case is still open as far as I know.

Coffee out on the patio again this morning!

10 comments:

linda m said...

Aliens took him. Hahaha

Sixbears said...

Wouldn't it be interesting if he really did completely start a new life from scratch?

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Could very well be...!
Thanks for coming over today!


Hey Sixbears...
I would think he would certainly have the right knowledge to do so.
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

If that is indeed what he did then he really did a good job. Maybe he had another account somewhere so that he could have some money to move around on.

Chickenmom said...

Maybe Jo is right. You have to have a nest egg to start over. Strange, though.

deborah harvey said...

seems like he may have been planning a disappearance but thugs caught up with him before he could complete the task.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I bet either linda m or Deborah Harvey are right. Aliens or thugs made him disappear for good. Or maybe he is living a wonderful life on a tropical island.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Seems like a pretty strange way to go, if you ask me. Had to be another account somewhere.
Thanks for dropping by today!


Hey Phyllis...
I agree that a nest egg would have been a good idea.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Deborah...
That's a very possible scenario.
Thanks for the visit today!


Hey Dizzy...
anything's possible, I reckon.
Thanks for coming over, buddy!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I am pleased that you take the time to answer all your comments. I try to do the same thing. If someone takes the effort to comment, they deserve an answer. . . that is the way I feel about it. And yes, I go back and look to see.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
Seems like the very least that I can do...that and to thank them for coming over. It means a lot, ya know?