Q: Did your name change?
A: Yes. I now go by a different name than the one I started this blog with. My “new” name, Elias, lessens the likelihood of assumptions being made about my gender. I also just think it’s cute! 🙂
Q: Wait, what’s up with your gender?
A: I am a nonbinary, trans masculine demi boy. I use they/them pronouns. That means, please do not misgender me! Unfortunately, the attention my blog has received has resulted in a lot of press that has done just this, and at the time I felt too uncomfortable to correct people. I would like to make it clear now that I am not a woman.
Q: How did you first start writing about Vanishing Men?
A: In 2016 I started reading David Paulides, and his work got me to start researching similar phenomenon in my own city. As I started gathering information, several more young men went missing, and soon I was on a mission to understand what was going on.
Q: Have you talked to the police about this?
A: I tried to talk to them during the Zach Marr investigation, but they made it clear they were not interested in talking. I have not reached out to them again.
Q: What do you think is causing this?
A: I have a lot of theories, but not enough evidence to feel comfortable enough to say. I feel like we are still missing too many pieces of the puzzle to know yet what is happening. I will say that I doubt that it is one or more serial killers.
Q: What is your goal?
A: My goal is simply to prevent further deaths. I don’t know what is causing this, but even if it is just a “coincidence”, I believe more could be being done to prevent these tragic deaths. I hope that raising awareness might make the city a little safer.