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. I use they/them and he/him pronouns. That means, please do not misgender me! For more info on my identity, you can check out this post!
Unfortunately, the attention my blog has received has resulted in a lot of press that has misgendered me, 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.