INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY REVIVES VIEWER-FAVORITE SERIES "DISAPPEARED" FOR A SEVENTH SEASON, GIVING HOPE TO A NEW GROUP OF FAMILIES
STILL SEARCHING FOR THEIR MISSING LOVED ONES
(Silver Spring, Md.) - Amid a call to action from viewers pressing for new episodes, Investigation Discovery is proud to announce the return of the missing persons series DISAPPEARED after more than a three-year hiatus. Produced by NBC News' award-winning production arm Peacock Productions, each episode of this heart-wrenching series takes viewers inside the world of a family holding out hope that their missing loved one will be found. Cinematic recreations and poignant interviews with families, friends and law enforcement paint the picture of a missing person's last known whereabouts. Each episode concludes with a call to action asking viewers to share fresh leads or new information to reinvigorate cases for law enforcement. The seventh season of DISAPPEARED premieres Monday, April 11 at 10/9c with 10 all-new episodes featuring missing persons cases.
DISAPPEARED debuted on Investigation Discovery in February 2010 and ran for five consecutive seasons, ending in April 2013. Following viewer demand for new episodes, ID aired a season consisting of four specials in 2014 and 2015 tied to timely cases making headlines. Now, DISAPPEARED is being revived with a full-season order due to the success of the specials and impassioned requests from viewers and family members of the missing. Tapping into a sadly constant influx of cases, season seven will harness the rich and intricate twists of the original series with the vérité feel of the instamentary specials.
"DISAPPEARED was one of the cornerstone series that helped launch ID, and our viewers have told us time and again that there's nothing else like it on television," said Kevin Bennett, general manager of Investigation Discovery. "After listening to their outcry to cover more cases, we realized that DISAPPEARED isn't just a part of ID's DNA but it's also an important tool to help families and law enforcement bring much needed attention to heart-breaking cold cases."
"It is an honor that the families and loved ones of those missing and along with law enforcement working to find them, put their trust in Peacock Productions to allow us to share their most painful stories," said Sharon Scott, president and general manager of Peacock Productions. "We are looking forward to working with Investigation Discovery to bring back this powerful series."
The cases featured this season are:
· "Somebody's Watching" Premieres Monday, April 11 at 10/9c
Story of JESSICA HEERINGA: Missing Since 4/26/13 from Norton Shores, Mich.
Jessica Heeringa works the night shift at a gas station in Norton Shores, Mich., to help support her 3-year-old son and fiancé. The night of April 26, 2013 is no different, but when a customer arrives at 11:15pm to find the store empty and the cash drawer left open, investigators find themselves in a race against time to locate the missing 25-year-old mom. It's a case that reveals Heeringa's biggest secret and the many men who adored her. Suspect after suspect, police continue to hit dead ends and her loving family struggles to live without answers.
· "Against the Tide" Premieres Monday, April 18 at 10/9c
Story of TIFFANY DANIELS: Missing Since 8/12/13 from Pensacola, Fla.
25-year-old Pensacola artist Tiffany Daniels is a spontaneous free spirit, but when she doesn't return home from work for days, her brand new roommate grows alarmed. By the time he tracks down her parents, nearly a week has passed, but no one in Tiffany's circle has a clue to her disappearance. Then suddenly her car is found abandoned in a beachside parking lot, setting off a desperate race against the clock for any sign of Tiffany .and dark speculation as to why she's vanished from the face of the earth.
· "Road to Nowhere" Premieres Monday, April 25 at 10/9c
Story of BRYCE LASPISA: Missing Since 8/30/13 from Orange County, Calif.
College student Bryce Laspisa is headed south to visit his parents in Orange County, Calif. It should have been a quick drive down the freeway but, unknown to his parents, something is troubling the usually carefree 19-year old that has turned a five-hour drive into a 20-hour odyssey. Laspisa is in constant phone contact with his parents from the road, but he's behaving mysteriously, pulling off the freeway again and again for unknown reasons. When his car is found crashed and abandoned in a remote desert park, investigators and his family begin a desperate search for clues into Laspisa's disappearance and try to make sense of his baffling behavior.
· "Walk into Darkness" Premieres Monday, May 2 at 10/9c
Story of TAMMY KINGERY: Missing Since 9/20/14 from North Augusta, S.C.
Tammy Kingery suffers a mysterious illness and is bedridden at home. Her husband and children leave to run errands and, when they return, Kingery has disappeared. They find a note saying she's gone for a walk, but they live deep in the woods and she's taken nothing with her. Massive search efforts yield no signs of the 37-year-old nurse. On the surface it seems like she had everything she ever wanted - a loving family, a rewarding career, and a dream house - but an investigation reveals dark secrets leading to all kinds of theories about what may have happened to Kingery.
· "Off the Grid" Premieres Monday, May 9 at 10/9c
Story of BRIAN HISTAND: Missing Since 5/15/13 from Phoenix, Ariz.
Brian Histand, a 25-year-old nationally renowned BMX rider, was last seen wandering in an alfalfa field on the southern edge of Phoenix, Ariz. Police respond to reports of a naked man in the fields but determine that Histand doesn't pose an imminent threat to himself or others. Family and friends fear for his safety in the harsh Phoenix heat and, as they search, they learn that he's exhibited disconcerting behavior over the last few days. Histand never wore a helmet while biking despite his fondness for stunts and jumps. Could concussions from his risky bike moves have led to a dangerous state of confusion?
· "No Stone Unturned" Premieres Monday, May 16 at 10/9c
Story of DAVID RIEMENS: Missing Since 8/8/12 from Watertown, Tenn.
Sixty-year old stonemason David Riemens has one final meeting to attend about a construction job before he drives from Tennessee to Michigan to visit family. But when he never returns home to collect his bags, and his truck is found abandoned in a local parking lot, friends immediately sound the alarm. Desperate to find him, investigators try locating the unknown construction site and look for clues in Riemens's unconventional off-the-grid lifestyle, but every avenue they explore leads to yet another dead end. The only indisputable evidence they have to go on is that Riemens has seemingly vanished into thin air.
· "California Leaving" Premieres Monday, May 23 at 10/9c
Story of RICO HARRIS: Missing Since 10/10/14 from Rumsey, Calif.
Former Harlem Globetrotter Rico Harris is driving from LA to Seattle to move in with his fiancée, Jennifer Song. It's an 1,100-mile road trip, but Harris is determined to reach his new home in time for a job interview less than two days later. The 37-year old is in constant contact with Song and his mother from the road but, after he mentions a detour into the mountains, all communication ceases. When his car is found abandoned in a remote recreation area, investigators and his loved ones embark on a journey that grows more baffling with each clue that surfaces about Harris's possible fate.
· "Family Man" Premieres Monday, May 30 at 10/9c
Story of ROBERT HOAGLAND: Missing Since 7/28/13 from Newtown, Conn.
When Robert Hoagland doesn't show up at the airport to pick up his wife Lori, she's frantic. No one knows where he is. Police find his car miles from home with his son Max, inside. He tells investigators that his Dad had a confrontation with some men at an abandoned factory a few days earlier. The more police investigate, the more the mystery deepens. Security video at a gas station shows Hoagland buying a map. But if he disappeared voluntarily, why did he leave everything he owned behind? Did Robert Hoagland walk away from his life or is he the victim of foul play?
· "Love Triangle" Premieres Monday, June 6 at 8/7c
Story of BRANDY HANNA: Missing Since 5/20/05 from Charleston, S.C.
Waitress Brandy Hanna leaves work Friday afternoon for an eventful weekend off. But that night, she stops returning calls and texts from friends and family. Monday comes and she doesn't show up for work. Did Hanna walk away from her rocky love life? Was she the victim of a crime? The night she vanished, a neighbor spotted Hanna getting in a truck with a white male. It's the first clue in a 10-year long string of baffling evidence and dead ends. Now, a North Charleston investigator is focused on locating Hanna's remains in the hope that they might lead to her killer.
· "Girl Interrupted" Premieres Monday, June 6 at 9/8c
Story of JENNIFER KESSE: Missing Since 1/24/06 from Orlando, Fla.
When recent college graduate Jennifer Kesse doesn't show up for work, her friends and family know something is wrong. Their worst fears are realized after her car is found empty and abandoned a mile from her apartment. Police immediately investigate the dozens of construction workers who are building Kesse's apartment complex at that time, however no clear suspect emerges. Surveillance footage of someone driving her car is recovered but, frustratingly, police are unable to identify the suspect. Almost a decade later, this mysterious case continues to baffle law enforcement and haunt her family.
DISAPPEARED is produced for Investigation Discovery by NBC News' Peacock Productions with Elizabeth Fischer and Knute Walker as executive producers and Sharon Scott is the president and general manager of Peacock Productions. For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
ABOUT PEACOCK PRODUCTIONS
Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is a nonfiction production company that combines the editorial expertise, technical resources, and seasoned talent of NBCUniversal to create series, events, and live specials for global audiences. Peacock Productions reaches more than 300 million people worldwide every year across broadcast, cable, syndication, and emerging platforms with its award-winning specials and series. Sharon Scott is the President and General Manager. For more information, visit: http://www.peacockproductions.tv/.
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