WALLINGFORD — A true crime podcaster is exploring the disappearance of a local girl, who was 12 years old when she went missing 30 years ago.
Doreen Jane Vincent, who would be 43 years old today, was last seen at her father’s house on Whirlwind Hill Road in June 1988.
Sarah DiMeo, of Bristol, is looking at the case for the latest season of "Faded Out", her true crime podcast featuring cold cases of missing children.
She said during an interview with the Record-Journal’s “Morning Record” Friday that she chose to explore Doreen’s case after doing 30-plus episodes on the abduction of Johnny Gosch, a 12-year-old boy who went missing from West Des Moines, Iowa in 1982.
She said she found Doreen’s case listed on the Doe Network, a website which features cold cases of missing persons.
“Her story stuck out to me a little bit compared to the other ones,” DiMeo said, “because hers had a little bit more information and it seemed a little intriguing.”
Doreen’s story involves problems at home and past runaways attempts.
Mark Hunter Vincent, Doreen's father, and his family had moved from Bridgeport to Wallingford just 10 days before his daughter’s disappearance on June 15, 1988, according to Record-Journal archives.
Doreen's stepmother, Sharon Vincent, said at the time that Doreen felt isolated living in Wallingford and missed her friends in Bridgeport.
Doreen's mother, Donna Jones, arrived at Mark Vincent’s house to pick up her daughter three days after her disappearance, where she found him tinkering with a lawn mower.
Mark Vincent said Doreen had packed a bag and ran off. He hadn’t called the police in the days since she disappeared, and it was Jones who insisted they call.
“That was the last anybody saw of her,” DiMeo said. “As you tell the story, you just find that there’s more and more details that people missed, or details that don’t fit with each other, and that’s why people listen, and that’s why these kinds of podcasts gain a lot of popularity.”
In the first season of “Faded Out,” she had the advantage of profiling a nationally known missing persons case.
Johnny Gosch was one of the first children to have his face printed on milk cartons in an attempt to find him, and his abduction introduced the concept of “stranger danger.”
With Doreen’s case, DiMeo will have to dig deeper to find details of Doreen’s story.
“I want to know what her personality was like,” she said. “Did she have a lot of friends? Did she have a crush on a boy?”
DiMeo, who has a background in film and currently works at a radio station, learned about podcast production at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Farmington.
“I realized I had this talent that I never realized I had before,” she said.
The second season of “Faded Out” is slated to premiere in late January, and is available on many podcasting platforms and at www.fadedout.libsyn.com.
DiMeo is still researching Doreen’s case and is looking for people with information or who may have known Doreen. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police Lt. Cheryl Bradley said Friday that the department’s detective division has revisited Doreen’s case occasionally, and anyone with information also can share details with police.
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