Search continues for California teen Karlie Gusé

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By Doug Kari* Special to the Review-Journal November 5, 2018 – 5:31 pm

*It is unknown whether the Guse’s have a personal or professional relationship with the attorney from the neighboring community of Lone Pine, CA who wrote this article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
*Edit:  Doug Kari published another article as a ‘lead in’ to the Guse’s press conference held in Chalfant, CA on October 11, 2019.  You be the judge if the author has a personal or professional relationship with the Guse’s.  

Shortly after dawn on Saturday, Oct. 13, neighbors in the eastern California community of Chalfant Valley spotted 16-year-old Karlie Lain Gusé walking by herself near the highway that leads toward Nevada. She hasn’t been seen since.

“Shortly after dawn”? Sunrise occurred at 0700 on October 13, 2018. Two of the “witnesses” reported seeing a person matching Karlie’s description before sunrise. Witness #1 at 0630 (predawn) and witness #2 at/around 0645-0700 (again, predawn). None of the witnesses report seeing Karlie. They report they saw someone fitting the description of Karlie. There are no 100% confirmed eyewitnesses and two of the three are very unlikely to have seen her. The second witnesses testimony is questionable and most likely influenced by his conversation with Melissa Guse prior to speaking to law enforcement. Also, why did he (Witness #2) wait so long and why did he call Melissa’s phone? He lives very close the the Guse’s. Why with ground zero going off in his normally quiet and boring neighborhood did he not go and speak to law enforcement directly? Highway 6 also goes back to Bishop California where her grandparents, older brother, boyfriend and friends live, yet the Guse’s want to give the impression that Karlie could be anywhere in the country.

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Despite an extensive air and ground search, an investigation by local law enforcement and the FBI, and nationwide publicity, no clues have surfaced in the mysterious case. Last weekend the sheriff ’s office in Mono County, California, which is leading the investigation, searched the desert with cadaver-sniffing dogs. 

They searched the desert with cadaver dogs? Did they search the house or their vehicles with cadaver dogs? Is this a reference to Paul Dotsie’s cadaver dog? If so, it is deceptive for the journalist and the Guse’s, who are giving the information in this article, to say that the “sheriff’s office in Mono County, CA … searched the desert with cadaver sniffing dogs” since Paul Dotsie does not work for or with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. There appears to be no investigation. The only action taken by law enforcement was to search for a drugged out runaway. No investigator was looking for signs of foul play on the scene nor did they follow missing child investigative protocol.

“The biggest clue in this case is that there’s no clue,” Sgt. Seth Clark said. “We think Karlie may still be out there.”

This is the exact phrase that Sheriff Ingrid Braun has used as well. There are no clues because they did not look for any clues or follow missing child investigative protocol. There were only looking for a runaway.

The sheriff’s office is treating the incident as a missing person case and said in a Facebook posting that there’s “no evidence of an abduction or any other crime.” But Karlie’s family suspects otherwise.

Mono County Sheriff’s Office has held no press conferences related to Karlie.  (edit:  The MCSO held a press conference for Melissa and Zac Guse on October 11, 2019.  The purpose of the press conference was not for Karlie – it was in defense of the Guse’s.)  MCSO has only used Facebook as a means to communicate to the public about Karlie’s case until October 11, 2019. They refuse to investigate those closest to Karlie who are statistically the most likely to be the ones who caused her harm.
They are sticking to the runaway scenario as this is a “cover their butt” situation.

“Just the thought of her going to the highway,” said Melissa Gusé, 34, Karlie’s stepmother for the past nine years. “It makes me feel like somebody just happened to be driving by and grabbed her.” 

Melissa Guse wants people to believe she was abducted yet does not push for Karlie’s case to be investigated as an abduction. She cautioned her “Team Karlie” not to jump to conclusions about abduction in her Facebook Lives immediately following Karlie’s disappearance. She can’t have it both ways. Either she thinks Karlie was abducted or she doesn’t. If she does think she was abducted…why are they not pushing the Mono County Sheriff’s Office to investigate Karlie’s disappearance as an abduction? If she’s “just missing” she should’ve been found in the desert. As a side note, abductions are typically investigated by the FBI. Why would the parents of a missing child not want the FBI actively involved in their case? We can think of a few reasons and none of them have to do with a genuine desire to find Karlie.

On the night before she disappeared, Karlie told her family and boyfriend she feared for her own safety. 

No mention of Karlie being scared of Melissa and Zac. No mention of Karlie’s fear that the car Melissa was driving was going to kill her (cars don’t kill people…the driver kills people with their car.) No mention of Karlie’s fear that Melissa was going to kill her while she’s in bed with her. How is it that the parents of a missing child can admit they thought she was high on something other then marijuana, that they didn’t call 911 to get her help and that the missing child was fearful of them – and those same parents not be suspects in her disappearance?
Melissa Guse confessed that Karlie was afraid Melissa was going to kill her and then, hours later, Karlie is GONE. Vanished. Without a trace. In what universe is this not major red flag? What an odd coincidence…

Dream turns to nightmare 

A tall and slender girl with long hair and blue eyes, Karlie lives with her family in White Mountain Estates, a rural neighborhood along U.S. Highway 6, close to Boundary Peak, Nevada’s tallest mountain. 

Many people who reside in the neighborhood have jobs or attend school in Bishop, California, 10 miles south on U.S. 6. Karlie is a junior at Bishop Union High School. 

Melissa is an escrow assistant at a title company, and Karlie works there part-time. Karlie’s father Zachary Gusé, 43, works in construction. Zac and Melissa have two sons, ages 10 and 9, who live with the family. 

In August, Zac and Melissa bought their dream house, a three-bedroom modular in Sierra View Estates.

But starting on Friday night Oct. 12, their life became a nightmare.

What about Karlie? Isn’t she living a nightmare too? Interestingly, they are including the time before Karlie’s disappearance (“but starting on Friday night Oct. 12, their life became a nightmare”) as part of their “nightmare”. While Karlie was there, “their life became a nightmare.” Victim blaming noted.

‘She got scared of me’ 

After school that Friday, Karlie told Melissa she was going to a high school football game. 

Instead Karlie went to a house party with her boyfriend, 17, whose name is being withheld because he’s a minor. 

The boyfriend told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that while they were at the party, Karlie smoked marijuana and started to panic. “She got scared of the music,” he said. “She got scared of me.” 

Around 8 p.m., Karlie used her iPhone to call Melissa. “She was frantic,” Melissa said. “She wanted me to pick her up.”

Why the specific mention of what kind of phone Karlie used? Frantic is not paranoid. Frantic is defined as “distraught with fear or anxiety.”  

When Melissa got to Bishop, she found Karlie running down the street. “She was really pale, looked like a ghost. Her pupils were really dilated.” 

How did she get Karlie to stop running? Melissa does not say and the “investigative” journalist does not ask. The way Melissa states it, she “happened upon” or “found” Karlie “running”. This is an action that was not completed. More reliable would be to state, “Karlie ran down the street”. The way MG states this is to infer Karlie was actively running away from MG.  

…the phone call dropped because we live outside of town.  And when I finally got reconnected with her, she went from being behind Highlands to being a mile down the road – running down Dixon Lane, which is another street o-off of that area…physically running down the road with her cell phone.  And that’s how I found her cos I could see the light on her phone and then she got into my car.” (Dr. Phil, March 25, 2019)

Melissa was on the phone with Karlie, and while running, Karlie was able to keep the phone to her ear to speak at a pace that rivals a track star?  Why did Karlie keep running “down the road” if she was on the phone with Melissa and she knew Melissa was behind her in the car?

Karlie admitted to Melissa that she was high. It wasn’t her first time. 

Karlie is characterized as a habitual drug user. More victim blaming. Nevermind the active drug use by the adults in the household. Nevermind that Zac smoked marijuana with Karlie and her friend at a concert two weeks before her disappearance.  Nevermind that Zac sounded intoxicated while being interviewed by Nancy Grace.

‘I really messed up today’ 

Earlier in the year, Karlie’s grades plummeted, and she got in trouble for coming to class while high on marijuana.

Marijuana is legal in California, however, Karlie was underage. This is similar to coming to class intoxicated, which may have prompted most parents to seek treatment for their teen. Addiction is a family disease and treatment may have “outed” Melissa and Zac Guse’s drug use. This may be why treatment was avoided for Karlie.

Zac and Melissa told Karlie the misbehavior needed to stop, and that seemed to have the desired effect. “Her grades were getting better, she was getting better,” Zac told the Review-Journal.

Drug use is characterized as “misbehavior”. Note past tense reference from Zac, “her grades WERE getting better, she WAS getting better”. Not clear cut, but uncomfortable considering at this article’s publication, Karlie had been missing for 3 weeks.  Zac didn’t expect Karlie to come home and have good grades again?

Then came the events of Oct. 12. After Melissa brought Karlie home, Zac could see his daughter was agitated. “She was scared of something,” he said. “I was trying to talk to her.” 

Zac states she was “agitated” which is defined as “feeling or appearing troubled or nervous”. She was scared of “something”. Zac does not say what Karlie was scared of. I was “trying to talk to her” does not mean he talked to her. Trying means failed. How did Zac “try” to talk to Karlie? Either you talk to someone or you don’t. His statement doesn’t make sense.

At last Karlie headed to bed, and she asked Melissa to stay with her. But the restless teen couldn’t sleep. “She wanted to paint toenails,” Melissa said. “She wanted to read the Bible.”

“At last” indicates the Guse’s were frustrated and put out by Karlie.   “Headed to bed” does not mean she went to bed. She asked Melissa to stay with her… yet Melissa does not state that she did or didn’t stay with Karlie. How did Karlie indicate to Melissa she wanted to do those things?  Painting nails takes a steady hand and a certain amount of focus.  The Bible is not exactly light reading.  Are we to believe that a drugged out, frantic, agitated teen who voiced fear that her stepmother was going to kill her in bed wanted to paint that same person’s nails?  

Karlie “headed to bed” before eating? According to Melissa Guse’s October 22, 2018 Facebook Live, Karlie ate before going to bed. Melissa cannot keep her story straight.
To recap: Melissa and Zac were frustrated by Karlie. Karlie voiced fear about Melissa killing her. Karlie then disappears.

Melissa decided to make a recording on her phone, so later she could replay it for Karlie as a teaching moment about drug use. 

Melissa decides to make a recording of Karlie for a “teaching moment”. Decided means that she had a discussion with herself (internal) or with someone else about making the recording. Why not show Karlie with audio and video instead of just audio? Was there a reason why she did not video Karlie?  If Karlie was so ‘disoriented’, she wouldn’t have noticed a video was being made. Wouldn’t audio and video be a better tool for a “teaching moment”?  The need to explain the reason why she made the recording is sensitive and may indicate deception. If this reporter heard the audio, why can’t he release a transcript with a time stamp on these audios?

To recap again: Melissa and Zac were frustrated by Karlie. Karlie voiced fear about Melissa killing her.  The person Karlie was fearful would kill her made a recording with only audio.  Karlie’s physical appearance is not documented.  Karlie then disappears.

At one point in the eight-minute audio, Karlie says, “I really messed up today,” and Melissa tries to soothe her by saying, “We all do things in life that we regret, drugs especially.” 

There were two separate recordings made. The first was 8 minutes. The second was 23 minutes. Why is there no reference to the 23 minute recording to the journalist? Melissa Guse only allowed Dr. Phil to hear 2-3 minutes of edited down audio from the recordings she made of Karlie, was this the same edited version she shared with this jounalist? “Tries to soothe” does not mean soothed. “Tries” means fails.
Karlie was surrounded by drugs. Sources say that Melissa is a heavy drinker and uses methamphetamines. Zac is a heavy drinker and uses marijuana. Karlie’s older brother smokes marijuana. Karlie’s mom is in recovery. It is interesting that Melissa and Zac are concerned about Karlie’s marijuana use, yet aren’t concerned enough to lead by example. One also wonders if Melissa is speaking about herself when she says, “we all do things in life that we regret, drugs especially.”

A tearful Karlie thanks Melissa and says, “I love you.” But when Melissa gives Karlie a salad, the teen blurts out, “This the devil’s lettuce!” 

In Melissa’s October 22, 2018 Facebook Live, she stated Karlie ate in the kitchen. Here she states she ate in her bedroom. Which is it? When do they watch a movie with her brothers? She cannot keep her story straight.

After Melissa urges Karlie to get some sleep, the troubled girl responds, “No, I don’t want to go to sleep. You’re going to kill me.” Melissa tries to reason with her. “Why would I kill you? That’s preposterous.” 

Karlie indicates she is fearful of Melissa. Melissa’s use of the word “preposterous” sounds scripted. Notice Melissa does not say, “I’m not going to kill you.” Melissa answers an accusation with a question which indicates sensitivity and perhaps deception.  Melissa was the one recording audio of herself and Karlie.  Consideration needs to be given that Melissa knew that audio would be heard by others and she needed to sound a certain way.  Similar to a 911 guilty caller playing to an ‘unintended audience’.

“I’m just thinking all this demonic stuff ,” Karlie sobs. “I can’t help it.” 

Marijuana or LSD? 

Zac believes Karlie ingested something stronger than marijuana. “It could’ve been laced with something else,” he said. 

Karlie’s boyfriend insists marijuana was the culprit. “She hadn’t smoked in a while,” he said. “It could’ve triggered something.” 

But Karlie’s birth mom Lindsay Fairley, 39, of Yerington, Nevada, said she suspects her daughter was high on LSD. Karlie had recently asked about the drug, and Lindsay warned that it was dangerous. 

In the predawn hours of Oct. 13, Melissa fell asleep while lying beside Karlie. At about 5:45 a.m., Melissa woke up, looked over at Karlie and fell back asleep. 

There is no mention if Karlie was awake or asleep at 0545. She doesn’t mention what Karlie was doing at all. There is no mention of the text that Melissa sent to Karlie’s boyfriend at 0528 writing “she’s not fine, but will be fine” .  At 0548, Donald (Karlie’s boyfriend) implores Melissa to “watch her please”.  So, she was concerned enough to sleep in the same bed with her and twenty minutes after sending a text indicating she knew Karlie wasn’t “fine”, she fell asleep so hard that her ‘disoriented, paranoid, frantic,and agitated’ stepdaughter was able to get dressed and sneak out of the house and vanish?  Karlie allegedly left the front door ‘ajar’ and her beloved dog Breeze didn’t nose it open and follow her?  

When Melissa awoke again around 7:15-7:30 a.m., Karlie was gone. 

Here Melissa states she awoke around 0715-0730. This timeline has varied from 0530-0730. More recently, it’s been 0718. “Gone” indicates finality to most people.  Witness #3 allegedly saw someone fitting the description of Karlie at the corner of Hwy 6 and White Mountain Estates Rd at 0730 while driving at a high rate of speed.  We are to believe Melissa woke up “panicked”, allegedly woke Zac up after looking briefly around the house, drove the same route Karlie allegedly walked (which is a 2 minute drive) and didn’t see Karlie?  Are we to believe in that 5-10 minute window of time, Karlie was abducted on a desolate stretch of Hwy 6 early on a Saturday morning?  According to Zac and Melissa, Karlie was paranoid, agitated and frantic.  Are we to believe that she was forcibly taken by a stranger when she was fearful of her stepmother and father?  Are we to believe that she was standing behind a barbed wire fence and the stranger stopped his car/truck/semi to abduct Karlie and she put up no fight?  Not a shred of clothing on the barbed wire fence?  Not a clump of hair in the brush or on the fence?  No blood or skin on the sharp barbed wire fence he had to drag her from behind?  Not a shoe kicked off in a struggle?    

Three witnesses 

Richard Eddy, 78, a retiree who used to work for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office, lives down the street from the Gusé home. 

At daybreak Oct. 13, Eddy was sipping coffee while relaxing in his Jacuzzi, which sits in an enclosed room facing the street. 

Enclosed Jacuzzi room at 0630 on a 40 degree morning? The windows had no condensation? 130 ft away in the dark? Keep in mind that 130 ft is equivalent to being on the 13th floor of a high rise building. Could this be why the Guse’s didn’t want their “witnesses” on Dr. Phil?

Eddy said that sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., he saw a tall, slender female with long hair walk by. “She was looking up, looking around at the sky,” he said. 

According to the Mono County sheriff’s office, two other witnesses reported seeing Karlie that morning in the vicinity of White Mountain Estates Road and Highway 6. 

Karlie took nothing with her when she left home — not even her cellphone or glasses. She was wearing only sneakers, a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants, even though the temperature was in the low 40s. 

A frantic, agitated, and paranoid teen who was under the influence of the same substance a few hours earlier, seemingly had no difficulty calling her stepmother for a ride…she left her cell phone behind?  That same frantic, agitated, and paranoid teen managed to delete all phone activity preceding her call to her stepmother for a ride?

‘Like ground zero’ 

After Karlie went missing, Zac and Melissa spent two hours driving around White Mountain Estates and the surrounding desert. 

Where exactly did they search in the “surrounding desert”?

“Because of what happened the night before, the thought was she went on a walk to clear her head,” said Zac.

Here Zac gives an explanation as to why he spent “two hours driving around White Mountain Estates and the surrounding desert.” If his daughter is missing, one would expect that the parent would be out searching. He’s answering a question that wasn’t asked indicating sensitivity and possible deception.  Why the immediate panic if they thought she went on a walk?  Their story is incongruent.  

But when Zac phoned Lindsay, she urged him to call the police, so he dialed 911. That afternoon the Mono County Sheriff ’s office launched a search and rescue operation. 

“But” refutes what was said before it. In this case, “because of what happened the night before, the thought was she went on a walk to clear her head,” said Zac. He refuted that he thought she went out on a walk to clear her head.  Zac didn’t call 9-1-1.  Almost an hour after Karlie’s mom, Lindsay, urged him to call 9-1-1, he called the non emergency line for the sheriff’s department to report his daughter missing…the same number you call when a neighbor’s dog is barking too loudly at 4 a.m. Could this be why it took an investigator from the sheriff’s office roughly two hours to show up at the Guse’s house?

According to Sgt. Clark, the weeklong effort involved multiple helicopters, half-a-dozen scent dogs and upward of 60 personnel. 

Rex Hamilton, a neighbor who watched the search unfold, told the Review-Journal, “This is a quiet little community, but for a few days it was like ground zero up here.” 

Witness #2 was experiencing “ground zero” as well. He didn’t report his “sighting” of a person matching Karlie’s description until 30 hours later. He called Melissa Guse’s cellphone and spoke with her before calling law enforcement to report his “sighting”.  If he was so certain about his “sighting”, why call Melissa?  Why didn’t he call Mono County Sheriff’s Office first?

The sheriff’s office also enlisted help from the FBI in analyzing cellphone data and pursuing leads. 

A week after Karlie disappeared, the sheriff’s office set up a checkpoint along Highway 6. About 50 people reported that they’d driven through Oct. 13, but none recalled seeing anyone matching Karlie’s description. 

A young female walking alone along Hwy 6 would’ve been memorable, yet not one of the nearly 50 drivers report seeing a person walking along the highway. Not one of the nearly 50 drivers reports seeing anything suspicious, i.e. a car or semi pulled over wrestling a young female into a vehicle. It’s as if Karlie got to her usual bus stop, by her usual route, at her usual time for walking to her bus stop for school and was beamed up.
Karlie walked past the first two “witnesses” houses every day of the school week to meet her bus at Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates Rd. Five days a week, witnesses saw Karlie walk by their houses.
If you saw someone walking by your home every day, would you be able to discern and accurately recall a specific day out of many? Most couldn’t.
Eyewitness testimony is unreliable even under the best circumstances. The first two witnesses spoke to Melissa Guse before speaking with law enforcement increasing the odds that their eye witness testimony was contaminated by Melissa Guse.
In another article dated February 2, 2019, , it’s reported that a warrant was issued to extract data from Karlie’s social media accounts, her devices, and other unspecified devices. This was done nearly four months after Karlie’s disappearance. How well were the electronic devices checked in the days following Karlie’s disappearance?

Even so, because of the sightings by three independent witnesses, the sheriff’s office concluded that Karlie walked down to the highway from her house, a distance of under one mile. What happened after that is anyone’s guess.

Again, the “witnesses” are able to say they saw someone fitting Karlie’s description…not Karlie. It’s also noteworthy that Karlie walked to her bus stop at Hwy 6 and WME Rd every school day at approximately the same time the “witnesses” reported seeing the person fitting Karlie’s description. Are they certain of the day? This is also where scent dogs stopped tracking Karlie…at her bus stop…where she walked to every weekday.
The need to state “three independent witnesses” indicates the acknowledgement of weakness in the witnesses by the sheriff’s office. Melissa Guse originally stated she went out in the early morning to search by herself. Zac stated he called Melissa to see where she was at approximately 0730. She was wearing grey/dark grey sweatpants and a light colored shirt. Melissa, and Karlie’s boyfriend have both stated Karlie didn’t own grey sweatpants and wouldn’t wear anything but her skinny jeans if she left the house. If the witnesses saw a female walking the morning of October 13, 2018…did they see Melissa or Karlie?
“What happened after that is anyone’s guess.” Not exactly what one expects to hear from a law enforcement agency. This is precisely what has fueled speculation by “anyone” guessing. “Anyone” can use logic to deduce that Karlie didn’t leave her house that morning to take a walk.

‘Your worst nightmare’ 

This past Saturday and Sunday, personnel from the sheriff’s office, assisted by volunteers, searched the desert again using K-9 teams. But they left the field Sunday afternoon without any apparent breakthrough. 

Melissa believes Karlie was abducted. Zac concurs but also remarked, “It just doesn’t make sense that your worst nightmare would show up at that time.” 

“Your” worst nightmare…not “MY” worst nightmare… and no, your story doesn’t make sense.

According to Caltrans, at peak times the section of Highway 6 where Karlie vanished handles about 200 cars per hour. Fewer cars pass by early on a Saturday morning. 

Zac acknowledges that, given Karlie’s recent troubles, it’s possible she ran away. “Maybe’s there’s things she kept from us. Who knows?” 

“Maybe there IS things she kept from us”. Present tense. Deceptive. It is expected that Zac would say, “maybe there WERE things she kept from us.” Note the rhetorical question as probing the interviewer for information.
Karlie had another parent she could’ve “ran away” to. Karlie had a boyfriend and friends she could’ve “ran away” to. No one was aware of any plans made by Karlie to “run away”. Karlie had no communication on any of her devices that indicated she had a plan or even thoughts of “running away”. She didn’t take her money (she had $2k in her bank account), her purse, her phone (a 16 year old’s third arm), or her glasses (she was blind without them). She did not run away.

There’s also been speculation Karlie’s disappearance might be linked to the case of Madelyn Lingenfelter, 19, who parked her car along Mount Rose Highway near Reno on Sept. 19 and hasn’t been seen since. But no evidence has emerged to support this theory.

The author is willing to mention the disappearance of a 19 year old female whose car was abandoned on a highway close to a major metro area and who had sent several suicide notes to her family as related to Karlie’s case?  As a sidenote, in an article written by this same author, he reported her body was found two months later roughly 50 ft from her abandoned vehicle from an apparant suicide. 

What’s interesting is that the author is willing to speculate about a ‘disappearance’ near a major metro area 5 hours away as a possible connection to Karlie’s disappearance (highly improbable) and he’s not willing to ask the Guse’s difficult questions about their involvement (very probable).  He is contributing to their narrative, similar to Chris Watts telling news reporters that he “didn’t want to put anything out there” about his ‘missing’ pregnant wife and daughters and then offered up a theory that didn’t involve him murdering all of them as a distraction.   

‘It hurts me to be attacked’ 

Karlie’s disappearance has attracted nationwide media coverage. The case has also been generating controversy on social media, especially after Lindsay spoke to Nancy Grace’s “Crime Online” and questioned Zac and Melissa’s account. 

The Mono County sheriff’s office admonished in a Facebook posting that “hurtful comments directed to Karlie’s mother, stepmother and/or father just add to their suffering.” 

Is no one concerned with Karlie’s suffering? Melissa hasn’t figured out that it’s not normal for a parent of a missing child to be more concerned about themselves than their missing child. Her discomfort doesn’t matter and no one cares. This is typical behavior of a parent who has guilty knowledge of what happened to their missing child.
Karlie’s mom has every right to question what happened to Karlie in any venue available. Lindsay Fairley’s suspicions were not imagined. They were based on changing stories, shifting timelines, and odd behavior. She was watching and listening to the last two people that saw Karlie before her disappearance and she didn’t like what she saw and heard. She is not alone by any stretch of the imagination either.
What’s also intriguing is the Mono County Sheriff’s office statement about “hurtful comments.” Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun is a member of a Facebook Group whose sole purpose is to direct “hurtful comments” at Karlie’s mom.

Melissa was also accused of being a publicity seeker, after she launched a Facebook group called “Bring Karlie Home!” that now has more than 12,000 members. “It hurts me to be attacked when I’m out here looking for her,” said Melissa. 

Primary concern is self. Secondary concern is appearance/perception given to the public. No concern for the victim and how she feels in the hands of her abductor(s) or “missing”.

Zac has been criticized for not being more visible. “People wonder why I haven’t been heard from, but I don’t do social media,” he explained.

How much do you want your daughter back? I guess not enough to “do social media.” Most parents would cut off their right arm for their child. Zac won’t go on Facebook. You could count the times on one hand he has been seen or heard publicly speaking about Karlie. He never appealed for Karlie’s safe return or called out to her in those handful of times. A girl can always count on her father right? In Karlie’s case…nope.

Note:  Zac and Melissa Guse made a short video titled “Our Story” about Karlie’s disappearance that released to the public October 10, 2019…nearly a full year after last seeing Karlie.  Zac and Melissa Guse appear tearful and plead for Karlie to come home or contact them. This video was released a day or two before a media event in Chalfant, CA commemorating the one year anniversary of Karlie’s disappearance.  This is what is done by parents of missing children in the first week or two…not a year later.   

Zac and Melissa said they’re cooperating with law enforcement and are willing to take polygraph exams. 

The need to state they are cooperative shows the need to state they are cooperative. Who has the need to state that? The uncooperative.
Melissa’s first polygraph examination was inconclusive. She walked out of her second polygraph without completing it. That is the very definition of uncooperative.

They’re asking anyone with knowledge about Karlie’s whereabouts to contact the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-7549, option 7. 

Doug Kari* is an attorney and writer in Lone Pine, California. 

*It is unknown whether the Guse’s have a personal or professional relationship with the attorney from the neighboring community of Lone Pine, CA who wrote this article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
*Edit:  Doug Kari published another article as a ‘lead in’ to the Guse’s press conference held in Chalfant, CA on October 11, 2019.  You be the judge if the author has a personal or professional relationship with the Guse’s.  
By Doug Kari* Special to the Review-Journal

Search continues for California teen Karlie Gusé

16-year-old Karlie Lain Gusé was last seen walking by herself near the highway that leads toward Nevada.

Search continues for California teen Karlie Gusé | Las Vegas Review-Journal

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