Theresa Ann Bier had a hard childhood. Theresa and her siblings did not have a safe and loving home in Fresno, California, with Shirley and David Bier. Shirley mistreated her kids more than anyone else. Shirley had wrapped Theresa’s leg around one of her crib’s slats and twisted it until it broke. That time, Theresa had to be taken to the hospital because she got hurt at home.

Because of the instability in their home life, social services took Theresa and her siblings from their parents’ care and placed them in foster homes.

A family friend took care of Theresa for a few years, but after a while, her father decided he wanted her back. David got a divorce from Shirley and married Margie Richmond again. Margie used to be married to John Richmond, who was Shirley’s half-brother. They had two daughters together, who lived with her and David. They moved to Southern California after the father was given custody. During this time, Margie was said to have abused her daughters and Theresa.

Theresa would go back to Fresno and stay with her great-grandmother. David tried to get her to go back to Southern California, but she said no, and he stopped caring about her soon after.

John Richmond, Theresa’s uncle, quickly expressed his desire to care for his teenage niece and was soon given full custody.

John, who was 42 years old and was better known as “Blind Johnny,” said he lost his sight while playing Russian Roulette, but some people thought he could still see a little. Three of his children lived with David and his ex-wife Margie. He also had two sons with a prostitute. Another person who lived with Blind Johnny was Tamara Newman, who was 17 years old.

It was happening again: Theresa was living in a bad place. She would often have to miss school to watch his sons, and what was worse was that Blind Johnny and his friends would often sexually abuse her.

It wasn’t a surprise that Theresa was having a hard time in school. People called her a “slow learner” and “immature” when she was 16 years old.

In 1987, just after Memorial Day, Theresa told her friends Peggy and Janice that she was taking a new boyfriend to the mountains. She told them she was probably not going to go to school because of the trip.

She met a man named Russell Shelton Welch, who goes by the name Skip. In particular, Skip was crazy about Bigfoot, which is another name for Sasquatch, the creature that people think lives in the forests of North America. She was interested in him because he said he had seen the thing many times.

43 years old Skip painted houses for a living, but he mostly lived off of disability checks. Shannon, his wife, had died of a drug overdose a few years before. Skip’s own addiction got worse because he was sad. He was mostly hooked on meth, which explains why he was always talking and making up crazy stories.

On the morning of June 1, 1987, Skip went to see Blind Johnny at his house. He knew Blind Johnny. While they were there, Skip saw That Theresa getting ready for school and offered to drive her there. We now know that this was just a trick because Theresa had already planned to skip school and spend the day with Skip in the mountains.

Blind Johnny got a call from Central High School later that morning. They were curious about why Theresa wasn’t at school that day. Blind Johnny told them Theresa was sick at home so he could handle the situation himself.

Theresa’s uncle spent the day looking for her and talking to a lot of people they knew. Even though none of them knew where she was, many of them told him Skip wasn’t someone he could trust. That night, Blind Johnny told the Fresno police that Theresa was missing.

While this was going on, Skip and Theresa had reached the Sierra Nevada mountain range, especially the area around Shuteye Peak.

The first thing the police did was talk to some of Skip’s family and friends, including Michelle Ryan.

Michelle, who was 17, was lured to the Sierra by Skip the summer before. She was also interested in what he knew about Bigfoot and the stories he told about it. Skip’s daughter Chandra told her not to go because she knew that her father liked to take young girls to the mountains and try to get them to do sexual things with him, usually by using drugs.

Michelle made it home safely after a scary trip on which she thinks she was drugged. Maybe because she was told to bring two male friends with her as a safety measure.

The police also talked to Skip’s son and daughter. On the day she went missing, Chandra’s father and Theresa had visited her. That same day, Skip and a young girl, probably Theresa, had also come to see Terry.

Even so, Skip and Theresa were not to be found.

On June 5, a police officer saw Skip’s brown 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo by a caravan park not far from North Fork, a mountain town. Over time, it became clear that Skip had come down the mountain to see Dorothy Davis, a friend. A young girl had been taken by a Satanist group and was being held in the Sierra. This made him very angry. Davis said he was high and thought he was crazy.

The police were able to find Skip at his mother’s house in Sunnyside, Fresno, five days later. He was arrested for driving while drunk before.

Skip was questioned and spoke very seriously about Bigfoot. He said that there were a lot of Sasquatches living in the mountains. The fact that these beings were smarter than humans and lived in caves underground helped them stay hidden. Anyway, Skip said he had talked to them a few times despite this.

When it came to Theresa, his story was complicated and changed a few times. Notably, he wouldn’t stop calling Theresa by the name he gave her, Sam.

At first, he said he had taken Sam to school like he had promised Blind Johnny. Soon though, he had to say that the two of them did go to the Sierra. In one story, Skip said Sam had run off into the woods with another young woman. In another, he said she had left with some other campers. He said in a different version that Sam had gotten too excited after seeing Bigfoot a few times that day, which is what made her run off to find the creature again. He looked for her but couldn’t find her.

In any case, Skip insisted that Theresa would not be coming back because she would be happier with the group of Sasquatches living underground in the mountains than with her troubled home life.

The police officer who was interviewing Skip said that Skip didn’t show much emotion during the process. At one point, Skip told the officer that there would be no sign of sexual abuse on Theresa if they found her. The officer didn’t ask him about it. It was his “nature” not to have sexual relationships with young girls, he said, even though Theresa had been willing to have one with him.

Still, the police were able to find the place where Skip had taken Theresa camping in the Sierra. They found what they think is Theresa’s purse and some of her clothes. There were searches in the area, with Bloodhounds and a helicopter equipped with infrared lights. At one point, dogs picked up on Theresa’s scent, but no other clues were found.

Skip is thought to have killed Theresa and thrown away her body by most people. But there is a theory that the Speed Freak Killers took Theresa hostage and killed her. Skip’s family mostly agrees with this idea.

Even though Chandra said her dad was a predator when Theresa went missing, she now stands up for him. She says that her dad’s only mistake was being careless by taking a little girl to the Sierra.

Skip was charged with putting children in danger and stealing from children. He was charged, and Judge Gallagher let him go on his own recognisance. But this judge didn’t know that Judge Austin had raised Skip’s bail to $30,000 after looking over the case. After two days, Skip was arrested again.

The child theft charge against Skip was dropped three days before his trial. They offered to suggest a one-year sentence if Skip agreed to let them go ahead with murder charges if Theresa’s body was found, but Skip refused. The prosecution dropped the case so that they wouldn’t have to go through the same process again if they wanted to charge him with murder later.

Blind Johnny was talked to by The Fresno Bee a few years after Theresa went missing. He talked about how much he loved his niece. When asked what he thought happened, Blind Johnny said he thought she was dead or had been sold into slavery. He died of cancer around the year 2008.

In 1998, Skip passed away at the age of 54 from very bad coronary artery disease.

It’s sad that Theresa Ann Bier has never been found. She would be 49 years old now if she were still alive.

Because of the instability in their home life, social services took Theresa and her siblings from their parents’ care and placed them in foster homes.

A family friend took care of Theresa for a few years, but after a while, her father decided he wanted her back. David got a divorce from Shirley and married Margie Richmond again. Margie used to be married to John Richmond, who was Shirley’s half-brother. They had two daughters together, who lived with her and David. They moved to Southern California after the father was given custody. During this time, Margie was said to have abused her daughters and Theresa.

Theresa would go back to Fresno and stay with her great-grandmother. David tried to get her to go back to Southern California, but she said no, and he stopped caring about her soon after.

John Richmond, Theresa’s uncle, quickly expressed his desire to care for his teenage niece and was soon given full custody.

John, who was 42 years old and was better known as “Blind Johnny,” said he lost his sight while playing Russian Roulette, but some people thought he could still see a little. Three of his children lived with David and his ex-wife Margie. He also had two sons with a prostitute. Another person who lived with Blind Johnny was Tamara Newman, who was 17 years old.

It was happening again: Theresa was living in a bad place. She would often have to miss school to watch his sons, and what was worse was that Blind Johnny and his friends would often sexually abuse her.

It wasn’t a surprise that Theresa was having a hard time in school. People called her a “slow learner” and “immature” when she was 16 years old.

In 1987, just after Memorial Day, Theresa told her friends Peggy and Janice that she was taking a new boyfriend to the mountains. She told them she was probably not going to go to school because of the trip.

She met a man named Russell Shelton Welch, who goes by the name Skip. In particular, Skip was crazy about Bigfoot, which is another name for Sasquatch, the creature that people think lives in the forests of North America. She was interested in him because he said he had seen the thing many times.

43 years old Skip painted houses for a living, but he mostly lived off of disability checks. Shannon, his wife, had died of a drug overdose a few years before. Skip’s own addiction got worse because he was sad. He was mostly hooked on meth, which explains why he was always talking and making up crazy stories.

On the morning of June 1, 1987, Skip went to see Blind Johnny at his house. He knew Blind Johnny. While they were there, Skip saw That Theresa getting ready for school and offered to drive her there. We now know that this was just a trick because Theresa had already planned to skip school and spend the day with Skip in the mountains.

Blind Johnny got a call from Central High School later that morning. They were curious about why Theresa wasn’t at school that day. Blind Johnny told them Theresa was sick at home so he could handle the situation himself.

Theresa’s uncle spent the day looking for her and talking to a lot of people they knew. Even though none of them knew where she was, many of them told him Skip wasn’t someone he could trust. That night, Blind Johnny told the Fresno police that Theresa was missing.

While this was going on, Skip and Theresa had reached the Sierra Nevada mountain range, especially the area around Shuteye Peak.

The first thing the police did was talk to some of Skip’s family and friends, including Michelle Ryan.

Michelle, who was 17, was lured to the Sierra by Skip the summer before. She was also interested in what he knew about Bigfoot and the stories he told about it. Skip’s daughter Chandra told her not to go because she knew that her father liked to take young girls to the mountains and try to get them to do sexual things with him, usually by using drugs.

Michelle made it home safely after a scary trip on which she thinks she was drugged. Maybe because she was told to bring two male friends with her as a safety measure.

The police also talked to Skip’s son and daughter. On the day she went missing, Chandra’s father and Theresa had visited her. That same day, Skip and a young girl, probably Theresa, had also come to see Terry.

Even so, Skip and Theresa were not to be found.

On June 5, a police officer saw Skip’s brown 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo by a caravan park not far from North Fork, a mountain town. Over time, it became clear that Skip had come down the mountain to see Dorothy Davis, a friend. A young girl had been taken by a Satanist group and was being held in the Sierra. This made him very angry. Davis said he was high and thought he was crazy.

The police were able to find Skip at his mother’s house in Sunnyside, Fresno, five days later. He was arrested for driving while drunk before.

Skip was questioned and spoke very seriously about Bigfoot. He said that there were a lot of Sasquatches living in the mountains. The fact that these beings were smarter than humans and lived in caves underground helped them stay hidden. Anyway, Skip said he had talked to them a few times despite this.

When it came to Theresa, his story was complicated and changed a few times. Notably, he wouldn’t stop calling Theresa by the name he gave her, Sam.

At first, he said he had taken Sam to school like he had promised Blind Johnny. Soon though, he had to say that the two of them did go to the Sierra. In one story, Skip said Sam had run off into the woods with another young woman. In another, he said she had left with some other campers. He said in a different version that Sam had gotten too excited after seeing Bigfoot a few times that day, which is what made her run off to find the creature again. He looked for her but couldn’t find her.

In any case, Skip insisted that Theresa would not be coming back because she would be happier with the group of Sasquatches living underground in the mountains than with her troubled home life.

The police officer who was interviewing Skip said that Skip didn’t show much emotion during the process. At one point, Skip told the officer that there would be no sign of sexual abuse on Theresa if they found her. The officer didn’t ask him about it. It was his “nature” not to have sexual relationships with young girls, he said, even though Theresa had been willing to have one with him.

Still, the police were able to find the place where Skip had taken Theresa camping in the Sierra. They found what they think is Theresa’s purse and some of her clothes. There were searches in the area, with Bloodhounds and a helicopter equipped with infrared lights. At one point, dogs picked up on Theresa’s scent, but no other clues were found.

Skip is thought to have killed Theresa and thrown away her body by most people. But there is a theory that the Speed Freak Killers took Theresa hostage and killed her. Skip’s family mostly agrees with this idea.

Even though Chandra said her dad was a predator when Theresa went missing, she now stands up for him. She says that her dad’s only mistake was being careless by taking a little girl to the Sierra.

Skip was charged with putting children in danger and stealing from children. He was charged, and Judge Gallagher let him go on his own recognisance. But this judge didn’t know that Judge Austin had raised Skip’s bail to $30,000 after looking over the case. After two days, Skip was arrested again.

The child theft charge against Skip was dropped three days before his trial. They offered to suggest a one-year sentence if Skip agreed to let them go ahead with murder charges if Theresa’s body was found, but Skip refused. The prosecution dropped the case so that they wouldn’t have to go through the same process again if they wanted to charge him with murder later.

Blind Johnny was talked to by The Fresno Bee a few years after Theresa went missing. He talked about how much he loved his niece. When asked what he thought happened, Blind Johnny said he thought she was dead or had been sold into slavery. He died of cancer around the year 2008.

In 1998, Skip passed away at the age of 54 from very bad coronary artery disease.

It’s sad that Theresa Ann Bier has never been found. She would be 49 years old now if she were still alive.

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