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Sarah Salvadore
Investigative data journalist
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Up And Vanished Season II

If you’re familiar with Up and Vanished Season I, you'll be excited for Season II. This season, creator and host of this true crime podcast Payne Lindsay focuses on Kristal Anne Reisinger, a 29-year-old mom who disappeared two years ago after wandering from a drum circle in an isolated Colorado town. 

The tiny town where Reisinger went missing is Crestone, a mountain community with a population of under 150 people that draws spiritual seekers of every belief—Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. She disappeared around July 13, 2016, a month after moving, leaving behind a five-year-old daughter, Kasha.

The story does not start in Colorado, but in Los Angeles, where Kristal lived with her ex-boyfriend, Eli. You’ll hear stories about Kristal from Eli, Kasha, their family and friends. At times you’ll hear about auras, energy and intuition, including Kasha telling Payne, “My mommy is in the spirit world.” For some listeners it could be too much, and for some chilling and sad. But it just shows the painstaking detail with which Payne does some deep digging into the case. 

There are various elements to the story, like Kristal telling her landlord she had recently attended a drug-fueled drum circle, where she feared she was assaulted while under the influence. Every episode does a deep dive into different aspects of the case. This podcast is a slow burn, but very satisfying if you stay with it. Considering its gripping narrative and popularity, this shouldn’t be a problem. 
Up And Vanished Season II
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