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It was a gruesome discovery, kind of the last thing logger's widening an interstate here in Vernon, Connecticut, would have ever thought they'd come upon. But it's certainly answer some questions in the local disappearances of four young women. You've seen them tacked to telephone poles on the Internet, plastered on billboards, the missing, I pray every day that we find this so we can go on the murdered.

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She always told my mom on my 21st birthday, I'm coming by the house. I'm going to be stricken. You watched. Never. It never came. Unsolved cold cases. Jesus, Mary and Josephine.

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I hope that sort of grief for many, a faded photograph on a piece of paper. The only thread of hope left paper ghosts. Amen. William Phelps, an investigative journalist, true crime author and host of Paper Ghosts, a new investigative podcast from I Heart Radio. For more than a decade, I've been searching for the person or persons responsible for the abductions and probable murders of four missing girls in my New England hometown for over 50 years.

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Each case has remained unsolved. I've spoken to anyone even remotely involved friends, family, neighbors, detectives, suspects, you name it. But it wasn't until this past year that things took an unexpected turn.

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And after 11 years of investigating a breakthrough, I immediately just sat on the floor like somebody just punched me in the gut. And then the tears just came in.

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Came in, came answers to decades old questions and some closure.

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These families have been searching for this church for charity that I know that that's the personality. I describe what he's wearing. I can smell him a mile away.

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Every day is like being lost in limbo. Paper ghosts get it on the I Heart radio app, Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.