back to top

This Family Disappeared In 2009 And The Theories Of What Happened To Them Are All Disturbing

A family of three gone, leaving behind many questions.

Posted on

This week's (and previous) episodes of BuzzFeed Unsolved are now available on Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Roku TV. On this episode, Ryan and Shane investigate the Jamison family, who disappeared in 2009.

View this video on YouTube

BuzzFeedBlue / Via youtu.be

1. Bobby, Sherilyn, and their daughter Madyson lived in Eufaula, Oklahoma at the the time of their disappearance.

BuzzFeed

2. The Jamisons were last seen by a man who lived in the mountains in South Eastern Oklahoma.

The family was in the area to look at 40 acres of land they were looking to purchase.
BuzzFeed

The family was in the area to look at 40 acres of land they were looking to purchase.

3. The first major discovery in the case occurred on October 16, eight days after the family had last been seen.

Hunters in the woods found the family's truck abandoned, but still locked.
BuzzFeed

Hunters in the woods found the family's truck abandoned, but still locked.

4. Investigators discovered a number of things inside of the truck.

The findings included Bobby's wallet, Sherilyn's purse, jackets, a GPS, Bobby's cell phone, $32,000 cash in a bank bag stashed below the driver's seat, and the Jamison's pet dog, who was malnourished, but still alive.
BuzzFeed

The findings included Bobby's wallet, Sherilyn's purse, jackets, a GPS, Bobby's cell phone, $32,000 cash in a bank bag stashed below the driver's seat, and the Jamison's pet dog, who was malnourished, but still alive.

5. Bobby's phone found in the truck contained a photo of his daughter Madyson.

The photo is thought to have been taken the day before they disappeared.
BuzzFeed

The photo is thought to have been taken the day before they disappeared.

6. The GPS revealed that the family had been farther up a hill nearby where the truck was found.

Investigators followed the GPS coordinates and it was there that they found footprints.
BuzzFeed

Investigators followed the GPS coordinates and it was there that they found footprints.

7. Despite having their belongings, the case went cold and the search for the Jamison family called off. There wasn't a discovery until four years later, on November 16, 2013.

Hunters scouting for deer hunting locations stumbled upon the partial skeletal remains of two adults and one child. They were less than three miles away from where the Jamison family had disappeared.
BuzzFeed

Hunters scouting for deer hunting locations stumbled upon the partial skeletal remains of two adults and one child. They were less than three miles away from where the Jamison family had disappeared.

8. This led to a new search, which led to new findings.

Authorities found shoes, bits of clothing, adult teeth, an adult arm and leg bone, and bone fragments that were eventually confirmed to belong to the Jamison family.
BuzzFeed

Authorities found shoes, bits of clothing, adult teeth, an adult arm and leg bone, and bone fragments that were eventually confirmed to belong to the Jamison family.

9. The medical examiner declared that the cause and manner of death were unknown.

There was no evidence of trauma, though it couldn't be ruled out due to incomplete remains.
BuzzFeed

There was no evidence of trauma, though it couldn't be ruled out due to incomplete remains.

10. An odd wrinkle in the case is some security footage taken outside of the Jamison home.

The footage was from the day they left, and showed the couple making several silent trips between their car and their home, as they methodically packed to leave.
BuzzFeed

The footage was from the day they left, and showed the couple making several silent trips between their car and their home, as they methodically packed to leave.

11. In the footage, the couple's movements were described as "trancelike."

Sometimes the two would just stop and stare.
BuzzFeed

Sometimes the two would just stop and stare.

12. One theory of what happened, is that the Jamison family simply got lost in the woods, dying of hypothermia and exposure.

In the days following their disappearance, the area the Jamisons were last seen in had experienced some heavy rains.
BuzzFeed

In the days following their disappearance, the area the Jamisons were last seen in had experienced some heavy rains.

13. A second theory is that it was a murder-suicide scenario.

An angry letter was said to have been found in the abandoned truck that according to one report, was 11 pages long, and was written from Sherilyn to Bobby.
BuzzFeed

An angry letter was said to have been found in the abandoned truck that according to one report, was 11 pages long, and was written from Sherilyn to Bobby.

14. There's a third theory that the family was murdered by Bobby's 67-year-old father, Bob Dean Jamison.

Approximately six months before the family disappeared, Bobby filed a protective order against his father, who had threatened to kill he and his family on two separate occasions.
BuzzFeed

Approximately six months before the family disappeared, Bobby filed a protective order against his father, who had threatened to kill he and his family on two separate occasions.

15. There are a couple more theories that involve a cult, witches, a satanic bible, and drugs.

Ryan and Shane deep dive into the details surrounding this case in the episode. Despite the theories, there are no suspects in the case because the leads point in so many different directions. One day things might be clearer, but for now the case remains unsolved.
BuzzFeed

Ryan and Shane deep dive into the details surrounding this case in the episode. Despite the theories, there are no suspects in the case because the leads point in so many different directions. One day things might be clearer, but for now the case remains unsolved.

The best things at three price points