WALLINGFORD — A true crime podcast series examining the disappearance of a local girl debuted Sunday, reigniting interest in the 30-year old case.
Sarah DiMeo, of Bristol, is exploring the disappearance of Doreen Jane Vincent, who was 12 years old when she went missing 30 years ago, in the second season of her series "Faded Out", which examines cold cases of missing children.
Doreen, who would be 43 years old today, was last seen at her father’s house on Whirlwind Hill Road in June 1988.
“People are really surprised to hear about Doreen’s case,” DiMeo said Monday, “because, as I say in the episode, not a lot of people have heard of Doreen.”
Mark Hunter Vincent, Doreen's father, and his family had moved 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 Lee, arrived at Mark Vincent’s house to pick up her daughter three days after her disappearance, which Mark Vincent hadn’t reported to the police, she discovered.
Mark Vincent said at the time that Doreen had packed a bag and ran off. It was Lee who insisted on calling the police.
For the first episode, which was downloaded by 1,200 users by Monday, DiMeo gathered information on Doreen’s childhood by interviewing Doreen's mother, younger sister and two maternal aunts.
DiMeo said the next episode will cover the initial news reports and police investigation.
“Each episode, as we move along, is going to be chronological, featuring each event of the timeline,” she said.
The entire series, she expects, will span 20 to 25 episodes released each Sunday.
“There’s got be a lot of surprises along the way, details of the case people never imagined,” she said.
DiMeo currently works at an AM radio station and attends the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Farmington, where she was a student of Joe Aguiar, lead radio instructor.
Aguiar also co-owns Clovercrest Media Group, a company for independent media creators, which is providing DiMeo with a production team for the new season.
He is serving as executive producer and his Clovercrest partner, Jason Pinatte, is serving as technical director. Aguiar’s wife, Jessica Fritz-Aguiar, is an attorney who helped with research.
Aguiar, who grew up in Meriden and lived in Wallingford, said Monday that he found it “stunning that nobody has ever heard of this case before.”
He also said the case seems solvable, and intends to develop and present a theory to police.
“There’s an amazing amount of bad information that made its way into the newspapers,” he said.
“We feel very strong about what (DiMeo) is doing,” he said, “and it’s unsettling that something like this can happen in Wallingford.”
DiMeo said Tuesday the production team has been in contact with Mark Vincent, but it’s unclear whether he’ll speak on the record with them.
The Record-Journal was unable to contact Mark Vincent for comment.
DiMeo has set up a Patreon page for “Faded Out,” where contributors can donate funds toward the project and receive exclusive updates through a weekly blog, behind-the-scenes photos and other materials. The website is www.patreon.com/fadedoutpodcast.
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