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For six years, Samantha Fiddler’s family has been searching for answers to her whereabouts.
The mother of three went missing in the fall of 2016, months after she moved to Florida to pursue a career in professional wrestling on the advice of her ex-boyfriend and wrestler Teddy Hart. Though she had three children at home in Canada, Samantha was intent on making a name for herself and promised her family that she’d return once her training was done.
But one day, she stopped replying to their calls and texts. As days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, her sister, April Fiddler, grew concerned about Samantha, who was very active on social media prior to her disappearance.
In the documentary “Dangerous Breed: Crime. Cons. Cats.,” streaming now on Peacock, April said that the lack of communication from her sister set off alarm bells.
“We were that close,” April said. “She would’ve gotten a hold of me somehow. She wouldn’t have left her girls.”
Samantha was last seen alive in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2016, after she was released from the Polk County Jail in Bartow, Florida following an arrest on trespassing charges, according to “Dangerous Breed."
In January 2017, April said in “Dangerous Breed,” she contacted authorities in Florida and Canada to file a missing person’s report. However, the investigation went nowhere as there were too few leads on her whereabouts.
As time passed, word of Samantha’s disappearance spread throughout Samantha’s friend group, as well as the wrestling community.
April said that throughout this time, Samantha’s ex Teddy Hart told her he had no knowledge of Samantha's whereabouts, stating that he wasn’t in the area when she was last seen alive.
Then, Hart’s ex-girlfriend Machiko accused him of sexual harassment and abuse in a June 2020 Twitter post, in which she also mentioned that Hart “moved Samantha Fiddler to Florida."
Hart's past involvement with Samantha has prompted speculation that he has knowledge of what happened to her, but he's never been named a person of interest in the case and he told documentarian Frederick Kroetsch that he doesn't have a clue what happened to Samantha.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (F.D.L.E.) has since picked up Samantha’s missing persons investigation. (In an email to Oxygen.com, a F.D.L.E. spokesperson confirmed the investigation into Samantha’s missing persons case is “active.”)
To this day, April said her family and friends have not heard from Samantha and they believe she’s likely dead.
“I don’t know of many people who know somebody who just vanishes,” Samantha’s friend Jayme said in “Dangerous Breed.” “There’s no closure. You’re constantly stuck in this cycle of anger, pain; you're going through the emotions and stages of grief, but it doesn’t stop... I don’t feel like Sam’s alive.”
If you have any information regarding Samantha Fiddler’s whereabouts, please call F.D.L.E. Tampa at (800) 226-1140.
To learn more about Samantha’s disappearance, watch all three episodes of “Dangerous Breed,” streaming Nov. 22 on Peacock.
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