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For the past seven years, friends and family of Colt Haynes and Molly Miller have searched tirelessly for answers in their mysterious disappearance.
Haynes, 22, and Miller, 17, vanished following a high-speed police chase in Wilson, Oklahoma, on July 7, 2013. The driver of the car, friend James Conn Nipp, drove Haynes and Miller down a dirt road leading to his family’s property, a wooded area totaling 1,000 acres, where the pursuit was called off by Nipp’s cousin, Love County Sheriff Marion Joe Russell.
The three disappeared into the thick backwoods, and close to 1 a.m., Miller called 911 from her cell phone. The line, however, was silent.
Throughout the night, Miller and Haynes made several more attempts to phone for help. In one conversation with his friend, Haynes said he had fallen out of a tree and broken his leg, according to “Up and Vanished,” airing Saturdays at 7/6c on Oxygen.
At 10 a.m., both Miller and Haynes’ cell phones went dead, and they were never heard from or seen again. Nipp was home by that morning, but Miller and Haynes were nowhere to be found. Nipp claimed he had no idea what happened to the pair.
Since their vanishing, loved ones have criticized Russell, who resigned from office in 2017 after being brought up on drug and corruption charges, for not doing enough to help locate their missing relatives. They have also cast suspicion on Nipp, who has never been charged in connection to their disappearance and maintains he has no knowledge of the case.
“We know that the last place that Molly Miller and Colt Haynes were seen alive was in Conn Nipp’s car with him when he was on a car chase. It was never clear how that whole thing ended or where they might have gone … and we asked the sheriff and we asked law enforcement and never got an answer,” KXII TV News Anchor Maureen Kane told “Up and Vanished.”
While investigators have been challenged with a lack of physical evidence, the “Up and Vanished” team believes an accidental 911 call made in 2014 could hold potential clues about what happened to Miller and Haynes.
Eight months after they went missing, Colby Barrick, Nipp’s uncle, inadvertently called 911, and “from the sounds of it, he was describing how Molly and Colt were allegedly murdered,” said “Up and Vanished” host Payne Lindsey.
“You know, you’re f--king mad, you know, you’re f--king tired … f--king Moxley Lake. A buck knife … Molly Miller. They shot him in the mouth … Right there, I can put my finger all the way through it,” Barrick said.
The operator then heard the sound of water splashing and two gunshots, and when the line disconnected, she called Sheriff Russel. She told him that she heard someone “talking about Molly and Colt, and I mean, the girl that was killed and dope and stuff like that.”
“They didn’t know they were on 911 … and it comes from a pond just north of Long Hollow Road on Oswalt,” she said, confirming that the phone pinged near Moxley Lake.
In 2018, Barrick was arrested on unrelated firearm charges and sentenced to 46 months in prison, according to the United States Department of Justice. While in custody, he allegedly told law enforcement that Miller and Haynes’ bodies are located at the pond.
The pond has never been searched by authorities, and Miller’s cousin, Paula Miller Fielder, believes it is the most “significant place” to look for Miller.
“Until it can be searched and taken off the list, it’s the main tip right now that we have … This area has to be checked; the lake has to be checked,” Fielder told Lindsey.
Love County has since appointed a new sheriff, who told the family he plans to search Moxley Pond.
Although Nipp has never been charged in the double disappearance, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for charges stemming from the police chase. He was released in 2018 after serving four years, reported Oklahoma NBC affiliate KTEN.
Former sheriff Russell pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of willful omission to perform a duty in early 2017. He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and fined around $300, according to local newspaper The Oklahoman.
To learn more about the case, watch “Up and Vanished” on Oxygen.
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