Timeline: Karlie’s Unreliable ‘Eyewitnesses’

Shaping A Narrative: How The 'Eyewitnesses' Went From 'Seeing Someone Who Matched The Description of Karlie' To 'Seeing Karlie'

On October 11, 2019, Mono County Sheriff, Ingrid Braun spoke at the first press conference held for Karlie Guse since her disappearance on October 13, 2018. Officially, there has been little said about Karlie’s disappearance. Sheriff Braun has released scant amounts of information by way of the Mono County Sheriff’s Facebook Page, with a handful of quoteables and sound bites given to mainstream media in which she sounds like a pull string doll. The only time she has deviated from her same three sentences is when she has admonished those who are vocal about their suspicions regarding Karlie’s father and stepmother’s involvement in her disappearance.

The first person to tell the world about Karlie’s disappearance was her stepmother, Melissa Guse in her now infamous Facebook Lives. In the 27-30 Facebook Lives that Melissa generated in nine days, she gave some basic information, some of which was incorrect. It wasn’t until her October 22, 2018 Facebook Live that everyone got a little more of the backstory as to what happened leading up to Karlie’s disappearance. Even then, there are huge gaps in time with no explanation or specifics given. Nothing the Guse’s have said is absolute or consistent.

Unofficially, there has been an immense amount of information with very little clarity given by the people who were the last to ‘officially’ see Karlie…her father and stepmother. Melissa Guse, who had initially utilized Facebook and averaged 3+ Facebook Lives/day in the nine days following Karlie’s disappearance, had gone silent following her Nancy Grace interview. The flow of information about Karlie went from a flash flood to barely a trickle within fourteen days. One thing has remained consistent…Melissa is sure to mention the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’ at every opportunity given. The consistency is in the mentioning, not the verbiage used regarding the three ‘confirmed eyewitnesses’. It makes sense for Melissa to mention them so often because the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’ are the only thing keeping her from being named ‘a person of interest’ in Karlie’s disappearance. Sheriff Ingrid Braun also has trouble remaining consistent when referencing the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’. The devil’s in the details, not the lettuce, and when there’s a missing child, details matter.

So, deep in the rabbit hole we go to look back at references made about the ‘eyewitnesses’ over the last twelve months to answer the question, when did the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’ who initially were reported to have seen ‘someone matching the description of Karlie’ morph into actually ‘seeing Karlie’ ? If we are able to see when this occurred, then we may better understand the deeper question of ‘why’ this occurred.

Media Mentions and 'Witness' Statements Timeline

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 @4:55 p.m.

Melissa Guse Facebook Live 10/13/18

Melissa stated Karlie left at 0630. Melissa admittedly spoke with Witness #1 Richard Eddy earlier that day and questioned him about seeing Karlie. The time provided in her Oct. 13, 2018 FB Live came from her conversation with witness #1.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @4:55 p.m.
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October 14, 2018 @0635

Melissa Guse Facebook Live 10/14/18

Melissa is walking in her video and telling her audience “this is the way Karlie walked towards the highway”. Witness #2 hadn't contacted Melissa yet so that makes what she said very interesting.
October 14, 2018 @0635
facebook-live
10/14/18 @1106

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/14/18 @1106

“I just had a neighbor call me and inform me that he saw her yesterday morning walking down the road towards Highway 6 wearing a white t-shirt and sweatpants...grey-dark grey. He saw her around 7:30, 7:15, 7:30 in the morning.” [Melissa was the first to speak with witness #1 and witness #2]
10/14/18 @1106
10/15/18

KTLA 5 10/15/18

Karlie Lain Guse was last seen during the early morning hours on Saturday in the area of White Mountain Estates Road and Ponderosa Street, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page. Guse was walking toward U.S. Route 6, which run across the country to Massachusetts, at the time. The Sheriff's Office initially said investigators did not have a description of her clothing, but later said the teen might have had on a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants. Her mother said the teen was wearing Vans shoes.
10/15/18
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10/15/18 @0723

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/15/18 @0723

Karlie was last seen by ‘two confirmed people’ at 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. [presumably referring to witness #2 and witness #3]
10/15/18 @0723
facebook-live
10/16/18 @8:31 p.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/16/18 @8:31 p.m.

Karlie was last seen at 7:30 a.m. wearing a white t-shirt and grey sweatpants. I have good news. I have another confirmed sighting that she was walking towards the highway and another confirmed sighting that she was on the south side of White Mountain Estates Road walking inside barbed wire fencing, walking next to the highway. That’s good. (uhhh, no it’s not) Good news is that somebody saw Karlie walking along the highway inside the barbed wire fence. (again, not good news)
10/16/18 @8:31 p.m.
facebook-live
10/17/18 9:31 p.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/17/18 9:31 p.m.

Karlie was last seen by three different people The neighbor down the street at 6:30 a.m. And two confirmed people saw her walking toward the highway Only one said he saw her “in white shirt and grey sweatpants” He believed he saw grey or dark-colored pants The other just said a white shirt (this had to be the ‘wooder’ as witness #1 was not included in MG ‘confirmed’ list of witnesses) Admin and family in Official Karlie group were pushing that the witnesses were “confirmed” The first FB Live Video that Melissa did, she is wearing a white shirt and grey/black sweatpants Many people questioning who “witnesses” actually saw Melissa’s first description of Karlie’s clothing was a dark t-shirt and blue skinny jeans Mono County Sheriff had not commented on alleged witnesses
10/17/18 9:31 p.m.
facebook-live
10/18/18 @ 8:32 a.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/18/18 @ 8:32 a.m.

Melissa states that a witness said Karlie was walking toward Hwy 6 @ 7:30 a.m. Melissa states that her walk to the highway took her 24 minutes and 42 seconds “I just missed her”
10/18/18 @ 8:32 a.m.
facebook-live
10/18/18 @ 6:32 p.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/18/18 @ 6:32 p.m.

Karlie is in white t-shirt/grey sweatpants At 7:30 a.m. Karlie was walking toward the highway
10/18/18 @ 6:32 p.m.
10/18/18

The Inyo Register 10/18/18

The last time there was a confirmed sighting of Guse, Braun said, was that morning, near Chalfant, which is located north of Bishop about six miles on U.S. Highway 6. “Other than a confirming sighting in the area of Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates on the morning of her disappearance, we have no new information to report,” Braun said. “Despite every effort, Karlie still has not been located.” Guse did not take her cell phone or any personal belongings when she left her home at about 7:30 a.m., according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. She might have been wearing a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants when she left the residence, but that was not confirmed at press time.
10/18/18
facebook-live
10/19/18 7:03 a.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/19/18 7:03 a.m.

Karlie was last seen at 7:30 a.m. walking towards Highway 6
10/19/18 7:03 a.m.
10/19/18 @ 6:32 p.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/19/18 @ 6:32 p.m.

Karlie was in white t-shirt/grey sweatpants walking towards Highway 6************ She wishes she was in jeans. She always wears skinny jeans, but 2 confirmed white t-shirt and grey sweatpants. [this is already different from what she alleged on 10/17/18 @2131]
10/19/18 @ 6:32 p.m.
10/20/18

The Sheet 10/20/18

At the time, they figured “we would just find her down the street, [there is also] a sitting place up the hill. A neighbor said that he saw her at 6:30 a.m. and I told the authorities that,” she said. “The authorities came at 10:30 or 11 a.m. [but] it’s hard to say when your daughter’s missing,” Zachary Gusé said.
10/20/18
facebook-live
10/21/18 @ 10:50 a.m.

Melissa Guse FB Live 10/21/18 @ 10:50 a.m.

A neighbor and two other confirmed witnesses say that Karlie was wearing a white t-shirt and grey sweatpants (if witness #1 said this, MG would not have included the wrong clothing description in her first FB Live as she included the time he said he saw Karlie. If there was a clothing description given - she would’ve used it. On 10/17/18 @2131, she states only witness #2 said white t-shirt and grey sweats. Witness #3 only said white shirt.) Melissa is twisting the truth.
10/21/18 @ 10:50 a.m.
October 22, 2019

Dateline NBC 10/22/19

According to Melissa, three witnesses told authorities they saw her stepdaughter Karlie walking toward Highway 6, which is near the Gusés’ home. That is the only lead authorities have yet to find--------------------------------------
October 22, 2019
10/25/18

Crime Online 10/25/18-1

Melissa told Crime Online that at least three neighbors saw someone who could have been Karlie.
10/25/18
10/25/18

Crime Online 10/25/18-2

The stepmom stated that while at least one neighbor said they spotted someone they believed to be Karlie, the other two neighbors reportedly said they couldn’t be sure, as they’ve never met the teen personally.
10/25/18
10/25/18

Crime Online 10/25/18-3

Melissa, however, said that all three neighbors provided the same description.[did they?] “She was last seen in our community by two–well, three neighbors. One was the old guy who said around 6:30 [a.m.] and then two other neighbors said 7:30 [a.m.].” Melissa also indicated that someone told her they saw someone who looked like Karlie at the corner of Highway 6, around a mile away from her family home, standing on the inside of a barbed wire fence.
10/25/18
10/25/18

Crime Online 10/25/18-4

Sheriff Ingrid Braun with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that three separate witnesses told authorities they saw someone who looked like Karlie walking in and around the neighborhood, early morning, October 13.
10/25/18
10/26/18

People Magazine 10/26/18

Karlie Lain Gusé was last seen walking in the area of White Mountain Estates Road and Highway 6 in Chalfant between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
10/26/18
10/26/18

Crime Online 10/26/18

Meanwhile, aside three witnesses who confirmed they saw a female walking in and close to Karlie’s neighborhood who looked like the missing girl on October 13, authorities haven’t confirmed any other leads or credible tips. Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Brauhn said that at this point, all resources in the search effort for Karlie have been exhausted, but she encourages everyone to continue sharing the girl’s flyer.
10/26/18
10/27/18

Inside Edition 10/27/18

Karlie Lain Gusé, 16, was last seen walking on Oct. 13 outside her Chalfant home at 7:30 a.m.
10/27/18
11/05/18

Las Vegas Review Journal 11/05/18

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. 
11/05/18
02/02/19

News 4 02/02/19

"Because we have no direction to go in, we're going in every direction," said Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun. https://mynews4.com/news/local/search-warrants-issued-data-pulled-from-electronic-devices-in-search-for-missing-teen
02/02/19
May 23, 2019

Fox News 05/23/19

“There isn’t anything, we have followed every lead,” Sheriff Ingrid Braun of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, which is tasked with the investigation, told Fox News. “It is super frustrating. It’s an open investigation until Karlie is located.” While there is some confusion about what she was most likely wearing on that morning, it is believed she was in gray pants and Vans shoes. ---------------------------- Three separate witnesses, Braun said, confirmed having seen Karlie that morning exhibiting strange behavior. One witness described her as holding a white piece of paper, which those close to her have since speculated was from a counseling session. The last documented sighting was of Karlie walking toward California [Hwy] 6. https://www.foxnews.com/us/she-wanted-to-read-the-bible-and-panicked-something-was-going-to-kill-her-uncomfortable-questions-surround-the-case-of-missing-california-teen
May 23, 2019
September 11, 2019

Reno News 4/ Fox 11 09/11/19

Karlie Lain Guse was last seen on Saturday, October 13 on Ponderosa Street near White Mountain Estate Road in Chalfant, according to Mono County Sheriff's officials.-----------------------------------Authorities said Monday there is no new information in the search, other than a report of a second sighting of Guse in the area of Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates on the morning of her disappearance.
September 11, 2019
October 15, 2019

Mono County Sheriff Facebook Page 10/15/19

“Other than a confirming sighting in the area of Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates on the morning of her disappearance, we have no new information to report,” the Mono County Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post on October 15.
October 15, 2019