1987 Times Herald Record articles published in the days after Joe's disappearance, we've uncovered an inconsistency which is HUGE. Something that is going to help us BLOW this case WIDE OPEN from VARIOUS angles!!! And here it is:
Joe was discovered to be missing when he never showed up for his 5pm shift at the Napanoch Auction Barn on Saturday, January 17, 1987. His boss, Vic, called Joe's mother, Lee Ann, after 5pm (closer to 5:30 pm) to ask her where Joe was because he never showed up for work. It was at this time that Lee Ann discovered, after making several calls, that Joe was in fact missing. We have verified the time frame directly with Vic.
NOW HERE'S THE INCONSISTENCY:
In an article printed in the Times Herald Record newspaper from Tuesday, January 20, 1987 entitled "Buddies Join in Search on Ridge" (see below), John LaForge told the reporter, Jo Galante, the following:
"Saturday afternoon, Laforge retrieved his Subaru. At about 3:30pm, Marks called LaForge with the news that Helt hadn't returned home."
"Later, when Helt failed to report to work at the Napanoch Auction Barn, his mother notified Ellenville Village police."
HERE IS THE INCONSISTENCY: HOW COULD WADE POSSIBLY KNOW THAT JOE WAS MISSING ALMOST 2 HOURS BEFORE IT WAS KNOWN THAT JOE WAS ACTUALLY MISSING?!?!?! NO ONE KNEW HE WAS MISSING UNTIL HE FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR WORK LATER THAT NIGHT, AROUND 5-5:30PM!!!!! JP SAID THAT WADE CALLED HIM AT 3:30 PM!!! OOOPS....THEY SLIPPED UP AND IT'S IN PRINT IN THE PAPER!
WORSE YET.....WHY WASN'T THIS EVER DISCOVERED OR INVESTIGATED IN THE ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION!!! AND HOW COULD THEY EVER SAY THAT THESE THREE WERE NEVER CONSIDERED SUSPECTS WHEN A STATEMENT LIKE THIS EXISTS IN PRINT IN A NEWSPAPER?!?! (an official statement to this effect was given to NBC in Feb. 2011 stating that the 3 were NEVER considered suspects!) THIS SHEDS A HUGE AMOUNT OF DOUBT NOT ONLY ON THE THREE, BUT ON WHAT WAS ACTUALLY DONE IN THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION!
Apparently when the Ellenville detective working the invisable investigation learned Gina had released this information, he was less then thrilled. Perhaps due to the fact lip service was about as far as this case ever went, until recently.
Now, because of the former New York Lt. Robert Rahn, the New York Times is about to run a story about Joe Helt's case. And this is only the tip of the iceberg for this case. Last week I posted the blog after we aired Joe's case on the Roth show: