Tenderfoot TV and Cadence13’s “Up and Vanished” just found its third season this September. Montana is an expansive state filled with winding roads, crevices, and creeks, an environment rural enough to possibly hide a crime. This is where Atlanta filmmaker and podcast host Payne Lindsey heads for the podcast’s third season, intent on finding the truth. True crime fans of the show’s first two seasons will not be disappointed in the mystery that unfolds next.
The third season investigates to make sense of what happened to Ashley Loring Heavyrunner who went missing in June, 2017. At the time of her disappearance, Ashley was a 20-year old resident of the Blackfeet Nation Indian Reservation in Montana. Right before Ashley vanished, she called her sister, Kimberly, and asked to stay with her. Ashley was going on a trip with her husband, and she stayed in touch with her the whole trip. But when Kim was back in town, Ashley was nowhere was to be found.
Payne wanted to retrace Ashley’s last steps in Montana and find the truth. By interviewing an assortment of people from Ashley’s life, Payne learned about many significant events leading up to her disappearance, which listeners will hear throughout the series.
A few days before Ashley disappeared, she visited her parents’ house in a paranoid state. Her father considered how odd her behavior seemed. As soon as Ashley entered their house, she closed all the blinds and was very upset. Ashley announced she did something, but didn’t elaborate on exactly what it was and why she was bothered. Her father didn’t pry any further, and then, a car pulled up to the house. Ashley instructed him not to look out the windows, and he listened to her. Then, Ashley left in a haste.
Later on, her family came across a Facebook video posted by someone they knew. In the since-deleted video, Ashley was seen attending a house party. This was the last time she was spotted on film. Ashley talked to Kimberly after the party on Facebook. Some evidence was found near the reservation: stained boots and a sweater that appeared to be hers. These events are just some of the possibilities that can lead to clues, as Payne will explore in the episodes.
The show’s first two seasons attracted a loyal fanbase. The first season reported on Tara Grinstead, a Georgia high school teacher who vanished in 2005. Since then, 2 arrests have been made and a trial moves forth. The second season centered on Kristal Reisinger’s disappearance in 2016. The young mother and Colorado resident vanished one month after moving to a new community.
What clues will Payne uncover next? Will Ashley be found this season? Tune in to find out on “Up and Vanished” Season 3.