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Cindy Song: A Case Of Unsolved Disappearance

Hyun Jong Song was better known to her friends as Cindy Song. She was born and raised for the maximum of her childhood in Seoul, South Korea. Nonetheless, in 1995 she shifted to the States to reside with her aunt and uncle in Springfield, Virginia. After graduation, she was accepted to Pennsylvania State University.

Cindy A Student

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Cindy was a senior at Penn State set to graduate in a few months. She attended a Halloween Party at Player’s Nite Club and left at 2 am. According to friends they went to a friend’s apartment and played games. These exact friends dropped Cindy off at her apartment around 4 am the morning of November 1st, 2001. She was never noticed again.

When her friends dropped her off they did not pause to see if she had gotten into her apartment or not. It wasn’t until they hadn’t heard from Cindy for 3 days that they reported her missing, on November 4th. Police went to Cindy’s apartment to investigate and discovered that most of her belongings were there. Her bag, mobile, and the fake eyelashes she had worn as a part of her bunny costume were in the apartment, suggesting that Cindy had certainly entered the apartment after being dropped off by her friends. None of the other parts of Cindy’s costume were in the apartment, indicating she was still wearing the costume when she vanished (including her bunny ears). The only things missing were her purse and keys, and Cindy herself.

Apartment

Cindy’s friends stated that Cindy would not have left her apartment without her Mobile, but that she was also known to walk down the street to a 24-hour market late at night/very early in the morning before. Cindy had broken up with her boyfriend about a month before she went missing and while her family was concerned she may have committed suicide over this, her friends stated that she was dealing with the breakup very well and had not appeared at all distraught over it.

There was no indication of a break-in at Cindy’s apartment, so there is a lot of discussion over whether or not she vanished from her apartment or if she had willingly left her apartment and something to en route to the 24-hour market in those early morning hours. Though Cindy and her friends had been drinking at the party that night, there was no indication that it had anything to do with Cindy’s disappearance. Similarly, police discovered accounts in Cindy’s diary of her and her friends trying marijuana and ecstasy, but there is also no indication that anyone one of them had taken part in such activities the night of the Halloween party and it was ruled out as a probable factor in Cindy’s disappearance.

With A Man

Quickly into the investigation, an observer came ahead claiming to have noticed Cindy in Philadelphia’s Chinatown district, in a car with a man. According to this woman, Cindy was calling out for help and when the observer reached the car the man told her to leave and she did. Police rapidly jumped onto this lead and attempted to discover the man the observer described but they were incapable to do so. The woman’s story altered numerous times and finally, they had to drop the lead as it seemed to not be genuine. In addition to pursuing this lead, the police did put together some searches for Cindy in the region of Penn State just after her disappearance.

Quickly after Cindy’s disappearance, her parents flew in from South Korea and cleaned out her apartment, effectively polluting any further evidence that police may have been able to discover throughout their investigation.

There was a brief period in which police departments from Minnesota and Wisconsin were investigating a probable association between Cindy’s case and the disappearances of four other college students who went missing around Halloween in 2002 after attending Halloween parties. Nonetheless, there was no indication of any kind of association in the cases of Cindy Song, Joshua Guimond, Ericka Dalquist, Chris Jenkins, and Michael Noll.

Information

The massive lead in Cindy’s case came when an informer by the name of Paul Weakley came forward with information about a prior friend, Hugo Marcus Selenski. Selenski was found out to have burned and buried 12 corpses on his property. Selenski has a long past of crime and he ultimately admitted to the killing of Cindy Song, agreeing with Weakley’s story. Selenski told that he and a partner in crime, Michael Jason Kerkowski Jr., had noticed Cindy walking in those early morning hours of November 1st, 2001, and they mistook her for a prostitute and abducted her. He said that they kept her in a walk-in safe in his house until she perished and then they buried her corpse somewhere in Luzerne County, PA. According to Selenski he later killed Kurkowski, whose corpse was discovered burned and buried on his property, because he had kept Cindy’s bunny ears as a souvenir of their crime.

The data that Weakley had provided to police about other crimes/murders committed by Selenski had all turned out to be valid, so there was little reason to question this information. Nonetheless, Cindy’s remains were not among those buried on Selenski’s property. Selenski is a relatively intriguing suspect anyhow, as he was somehow acquitted of two murder charges for corpses discovered buried on his property, and he has overall lucked out quite a lot with the legal system. There is far too much data and shadiness present with Selenski’s cases nonetheless to go into detail here. If you want to look more into it, I’ve given two sources below to get you started.

There was a lot of criticism of this case, particularly from groups on campus. Penn State’s Black Caucus and the Korean Undergraduate Student’s Association spoke out quite a bit about how the case was dealt with and that there was no substantial progress in the case. They also argued the university should be held responsible for ensuring that students who go missing are discovered. Nonetheless, we have to keep in mind two things: 1) there was no crime scene, nobody, and no proof for police to work with which largely hampered their actions very early on in the case, and 2) the university clearly wasn’t ignoring the problem as they had helped keep the case in the news and had offered Cindy’s mum an on-campus apartment and internet access for free while she looked for her daughter. At some point, there were a lot of stories that the case was about to be shut even though it wasn’t solved, and to this, the lead detective on the case, Detective Sprinkle, stated that the case would never be shut if they had not yet apprehended someone or had discovered Cindy’s corpse.

Footage

There have been issues as to why there is no security footage of Cindy having reached the 24-hour market if that is the most place she would have willingly gone after returning to her apartment. From what I was able to discover, the security cameras at the 24-hour market were not capable of continual recordings and storing all of that footage. Ultimately, the footage would be filmed over by new footage, and by the time police turned up and inquired for any probable footage it would have already been recorded over.

The final thing to mention in this case is that Detective Sprinkle did bring on a psychic. Carla Baron was brought on as an adviser of sorts in the case. She also claims to have anticipated where Elizabeth Smart was most likely to be after she had been abducted in the year after Cindy vanished. Nonetheless, as most psychic input goes, the data she gave (that has at least been shared with the public) in both of these cases doesn’t appear to be anything of big importance and clearly doesn’t appear to be groundbreaking in any way. Bringing on Carla Baron did, nonetheless, keep attention on the case for a couple of years after Cindy’s disappearance.

So did Cindy decide to leave her own free will? Did she leave her apartment that night to run to the 24-hour market to return? Was she probably murdered in an accident and her corpse hidden? If so, why wasn’t she discovered during any searches early on in the case? Was she kidnaped and could she be alive somewhere still today? Was she killed?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any actual evidence to go on in this case and it appears that Cindy may never be found. Nonetheless, we have to keep looking!

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