Super weird, with primary details here: a U.S. Air Force veteran and his girlfriend went missing (i.e. completely vanished) from Kenai, Alaska (150 miles from Anchorage) — along with two kids and a dog (Sparks). Brandon Jividen is the veteran — he’s 37. The girlfriend, Rebecca Adams, is 22. The biological father of the two children died in a motorcycle accident and, within about a month, Jividen was living with them. The family has been missing since May 31 — basically the entire summer — and the last contact anyone had with them doesn’t seem promising:
Relatives say their last contact with Rebecca Adams, on May 27, was distressing and left them fearing for her welfare.
Lanell Adams told the Alaska Dispatch that she and her sister were planning to chat on Skype when Rebecca Adams called at the last minute to cancel.
The pair were always truthful with each other, Lanell Adams said, and growing up would often say “thou shall not lie” as a way to make the other tell the truth.
Lanell asked Rebecca, “Thou shall not lie — are you OK?”
Rebecca Adams responded, “Don’t ask me that right now. Just know that I love you,” Lanell Adams told the Dispatch.
There have been “significant resources” put towards this case — the FBI got involved — but it hasn’t gotten a ton of media attention (there’s only about 2-3 articles about it on Google News as of late August).
Here are a few things we do know, though:
- Rebecca Adams’ mother-in-law (the mother of her deceased former husband/boyfriend/father of the kids) was arrested in Tennessee in early August on drug-related charges.
- Both Adams’ and Jividen’s vehicles were parked behind the home when the family was reported missing.
- Breakfast was still on the table and jackets were draped over the chairs at the scene.
- In late June, there was apparently “definitive evidence” that at least one of the missing people had been in the woods.
- There was no indication of a struggle, foul play, or forced entry.
- When Adams first moved into the apartment, she did so with a couple of roommates — eventually she had to put a restraining order on them and get them evicted.
- The evicted / restrained roommates are apparently named Samantha Sallison and Jonah Bailey.
- No one seemed to know a lot about Jividen in Adams’ life; when she came to sign a new lease, she showed up with Jividen and said he was going to sign the lease too. This could explain how they got together so quickly after her initial husband died — there could have been a provider aspect to the relationship.
- Back to the mother-in-law — one of her 2010 charges was “sexually mistreating a 14 year-old girl.”
- Also on the mother-in-law — the family’s disappearance was on the two-year anniversary of the death of her son (the biological father of these kids).
- Many similarities here to the McStay family case, which wasn’t officially resolved for about three years — and there’s still no arrests (I don’t believe).
- Apparently there was an odd wildfire in the area in the same time frame.
- WebSleuths is all over it with different theories (they left via ATV) but take some of it with a grain of salt.
Logical possible conclusions at this point:
- The mother-in-law is pissed about how things played out and got involved somehow (if she was living in TN, though, they’d have records of her traveling to AK).
- Something to do with the evicted roommates (although, two years is a long time to hold a grudge).
- Family fled and is hiding from something / someone.
- Some type of random connection / act of violence (sad).
- Something to do with Brandon Jividen’s past — not necessarily that he’s involved, just something to do with his past.