California Teen Still Missing After Mysterious Disappearance

Jessica Powers

Karlie Lain Gusé in many ways was the typical American teenager. She was 16 years old and had a lot of friends and a boyfriend. And from time to time, she smoked marijuana.

But the difference is that Karlie ended up vanishing without a trace from her California home, never to be heard from again.

Karlie Lain Gusé Left Her House One Morning By Foot And Never Returned


Karlie Lain Gusé, a then 16-year-old female, was reported missing by her family on the morning of October 13, 2018. She was last seen at her home in the White Mountain Estates area of Chalfant Valley in Mono County, California. Karlie was living with her father, Zachary Gusé, stepmother, Melissa Gusé, and two younger siblings at the time.

At some time in the early morning, Karlie left the family residence while likely wearing gray sweatpants or jeans, a white t-shirt, and Vans brand shoes. She left all her belongings, including her cell phone, behind.

A Neighbor Reported Seeing Karlie Walking Down The Street In The Early Morning Hours


Karlie was last seen by witnesses walking near Highway 6 and Sierra View Road on the morning of October 13, 2018. One witness, Richard Eddy, said he saw who is believed to be Karlie walk by in the early morning hours wearing a t-shirt, which was odd because it was chilly out.

He told the FBI that around 8 a.m., a woman knocked on his door asking if he’d seen her daughter. Eddy told her what he saw, and volunteered to take his motorcycle for a quick drive into a nearby canyon to see if the girl he reported seeing was still walking, but he found no sign of her.

Karlie Smoked Weed The Night Before And Had A Bad Reaction


Karlie had attended a party with her boyfriend the night before. He told her family that she smoked some weed, which previously caused some bad reactions for her.

She soon started to express feelings of intense fear and called her stepmother for a ride home. Melissa agreed and arrived around 9 p.m. to pick her up. She found Karlie running down a street.

Her family said she continued to show erratic, paranoid behavior once she got home, and talked about needing to read the Bible. It's possible that the weed Karlie smoked had been laced with something other than marijuana, but it's impossible to say for sure.

Her Disappearance Still Haunts Investigators And Internet Sleuths Alike Who Want Answers


Melissa initially told the media she checked on Karlie at 5:45 a.m. and found her asleep in bed, but when she went back at 7:15 a.m, Karlie was gone.

Melissa later said she actually stayed in Karlie’s room the entire night due to her strange behavior. But when Melissa woke at 7 a.m., Karlie was no longer in the room.

The parents say they then began a search of the home and neighborhood, knocking on doors and such. They called the police around 9 a.m. when they still hadn't found Karlie. Police used dogs and helicopters to search all around the area, but never found any sign of the young girl.

Keeping The Case Open

Karlie lived near a desert area
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The FBI launched a campaign to revive interest in Karlie’s case in 2020 but still has not found answers.

The family appeared on "Dr. Phil," "Dateline" and Nancy Grace's podcast "Crime Stories," and internet sleuths have obsessed over Karlie’s disappearance on Facebook posts and YouTube videos.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the location of Karlie Lain Gusé.

"We will not give up on Karlie," FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan said. "People don't disappear into thin air."