Wednesday, April 13, 2016

K Is for Korrina Sagers Malinoski

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




When Korrina Sagers Malinoski didn't show up for her job at a convenience store on November 21, 1987, her boss began looking for her. He found her car parked near the gated entrance to Mount Holly Plantation. Her husband was a maintenance worker there and they lived in one of the cabins. This is how Korrina looked in 1987:



According to Korrina's husband, she left the caretaker's cabin where they lived between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on the 20th, saying she was going for a drive. She was never seen again.

Almost one year later, Korrina's daughter was waiting outside the plantation at a bus stop, her dog at her side. Annette Sagers was only 12 years old at the time:



When the bus showed up at 7:20 a.m., Annette wasn't there. Her father found a note later that day, reading:

"Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug."

A handwriting analyst confirmed the handwriting was Annette's. "The boys" mentioned in the note were Annette's brothers, who were safe and sound. This is an age-progression photo of how Annette would look at 33 years of age:



Did Annette's mom really come back for her? Or was the note written by someone who kidnapped her? What do you think happened to Korrina and Annette?

⬅️ J Is for Jodi Huisentruit

62 comments:

  1. Did Korrina desert the family and later came back for her daughter? Odd.

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    1. That's what it could be...either that or someone took both of them.

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  2. Oh, this just leads to so many questions. If they found Korrina's car, how did she come back for her daughter? I can't help myself - what happened to the dog that was with Annette? Did it go with her and so much more? Sad story.

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    1. I believe the dog was still there, alone. It's tough with a case that old because you have to pull from news accounts at the time and there were only a couple of news items left.

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  3. Creepy! I can imagine a kidnappper using this tragedy to take the girl. If the story was in the news, it would have been very easy for the kidnapper to tell the girl her mother was found and that he would take her to him. But then again, why would a kidnapper leave a note? That's just a breadcrumb to a trail. I can see the momma telling the daughter to leave the note. But even still, you'd think the girl would want to tell her dad, or see her brothers again. Either version makes sense, except for the fact the mother never resurfaced. How can one truly go into hiding like that? Seems too bizarre.

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    1. Good point--it could have been a second kidnapper.

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  4. How many people go for a midnight drive? Sounds fishy right off the start. Marital dispute? Korrina left him but wanted her children and came back for her daughter...hmmmm...IDK...

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    1. I'm thinking the only reason someone would go for a midnight drive is if there were some sort of fight with his or her spouse? Or he/she was planning to leave. Could have been an abuse case, but I think that was just something I read as a theory when I was writing this... She escaped, then came back for her daughter. But why wait a year? So her husband's guard would be down?

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  5. Any way I look at this...it's creepy.

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  6. Shivers!!! How lovely of her boss to go out looking for her. Many bosses would just sit in their office and grumble about a member of staff not turning up.

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    1. True...and it was a convenience store, at that. You don't think of convenience store owners as caring about their employees! Of course, this was the 80s...a different time.

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  7. This is one if very interesting! I'm betting she came back for her. I'd like to think they're both alive and living someplace happily. Of course, why Korrina left in the first place is a good question, but as long as no one got hurt, I can leave that one unanswered.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/k-is-for-knot-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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    1. I think so, too. It's hard to imagine someone can disappear and start a life under a new name...although I learned recently that it has happened. Supposedly unless the FBI is involved (which often they aren't, especially not after the initial investigation), someone can file taxes in a different state under the same name and nobody would ever find out unless someone recognized the person. Gain 50-100 pounds and nobody would ever recognize you.

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  8. Wow... unsolved mysteries linger forever... Its biggest fear any one can have- a loved one gone missing..

    Cheers,
    Seena
    #AtoZChallenge - K is for Kicks

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    1. I think so, too. I don't understand how a human being can just vanish.

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  9. I would like to believe Korrina came back for her daughter, but I think it's unlikely that not only did she still leave her other children behind, but that no one seemed able to find the pair. Sadly, I think something more tragic probably happened
    Debbie

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    1. I think you're right. I have a feeling the husband probably had something to do with both disappearances...

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  10. The notes seems a little weird. If you were coming back to get your daughter, would you really take the time to have her write a note? Maybe there was something else going on. And, how could you leave the boys? Maybe the mom did drive off and leave her family. Maybe there was some kind of abuse going on.
    I read your comment on the Cynical Sailor's blog. You can absolutely still learn to play the piano. I'm a piano teacher and I just started a student who is 60 years old.
    Great A to Z theme. Glad I found you!
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  11. I agree with Mary that it seems there was more going on. Maybe the wife ran away for a reason and came back for her daughter. But then why did she leave her sons...?

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  12. I would lean towards Catherina's explanation.

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  13. I could buy that she left her husband after marital difficulties and then came back for her daughter to take to a new life. But why leave the boys behind if she didn't want her kids with him. Or maybe she was more attached to the daughter or felt he should have some of the kids too? And why the note if it was a second kidnapping. So many questions...

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  14. Oh, that's so sad! I really hope it was her mom. Though it sounds liker her mother definitely had some issues going on...I just hope she's safe and sound, no matter where she's at.

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  15. Sounds strange doesn't it? Why wouldn't she have taken her car? Why hadn't her husband called her employer? Did he call the police and if the daughter was alive you'd think she would have gotten in touch with her brothers by now, possibly her father.

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  16. I do hope it was her mom, but why leave? Something a lot more is going on there than we know.

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  17. It sounds very fishy to me. Why would she come back for the daughter only and not the boys. It doesn't say how old were the boys... I think something doesn't add up. Is the father making this up? Even if the note was written by the daughter, maybe it was a note she wrote earlier wishing her mom would come back for her and the dad found. Maybe he abused her and killed her too. Who knose. A very strange case indeed.
    Have a great day Stephanie.
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    JB

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  18. very strange. Nowadays there could be some DNA evidence ??

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  19. I'm really learning a lot of new stuff from your blog.

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  20. There are so many mysteries aren't there. Answers would be wonderful in many of these cases.

    I've enjoying your A to Z Challenge. You picked a great theme.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  21. it's odd that one would simply 'go for a drive' without having an intention of where they are going. I strongly suspect she left the family and then later came back for the daughter.

    Mary
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  22. I'm hoping the mother really came back, if only because that implies that mother and daughter may be safe somewhere to this day.

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  23. What a very strange story!!! I love mysteries like that but wish there was an answer somewhere.

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  24. How chilling. I believe it was the mother,though.

    Fran
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  25. Hmm, this is a tricky one. As they say, they're wolves in this world, so her mother might've been taken someone. And that same person could've also come back for the daughter too and forced her to write the not. But the most plausible reason can be that the mother ran away and later came back for her daughter. So there's only one question to be asking. Why did she do that? For which they're can be only three answers. She might've been mentally unstable or trying to escape an abusive situation (and came back for her daughter). Or the husband is behind both disappearances.

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  26. This is such a scary story. Oh God. It's giving me the shudders.

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  27. Could you imagine being the father and brothers and losing both of them?

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  28. While I do hope they both were safe somewhere, I'd have looked a lot closer at the husband.

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  29. I'm thinking it really was her mom coming back for her. Don't they say most child abductions are committed by family members?

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  30. But why hasn't the girl ever shown up? That's just too off.

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  31. I hope she did come back for her daughter. But doubt it. And why not her sons? What mother so openly chooses one child over the other...

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  32. This one gave me the chills. Kinda creepy. Could be so many outcomes...

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  33. What an interesting and sad theme. Willy Dunne Wooters has done a lot of research on women who are killed or kidnapped. He says that in most cases the perpetrator is someone close to the woman. God only knows what happened to this woman and her daughter. I can't imagine she returned and took the girl unless something was going on with the father--something very wrong.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I read your post again. Korrina's husband was the last person to see her. I wonder if he was investigated. It's very difficult to prove a crime without a body, but it's done occasionally. Maybe he wanted to get rid of the girl, too.

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  34. Sounds like she left her husband and came for her daughter. But that makes me wonder why she hasn't come out about her story.

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  35. oh really awfully sad
    David
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  36. Ive worked with a few women who had to go into hiding because of violent husbands. Most moms would want to protect all her children - creepy story indeed.
    Im blogging from Fill the cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog. Happy A to Zing!

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  37. Something doesn't sound right. I say this was a kidnapping.

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  38. That is a strange tale. You kind of want to think her mom came back and something unsinsister happened, but who knows.

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  39. I'm hoping there was some type of happy ending.

    Yvonne V

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  40. After all this time it looks like something very bad probably happened. It seems weird that a mom would come back for one child and not the others. I do think the girl wrote the note, but who knows what the circumstances were. Yikes!

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  41. Creepy~ Gosh, I don't know-it doesn't add up! I think the girl was forced to write the note-by her father~

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  42. It sounds like Korrina's husband might be holding back information. I wonder if they got in a fight before she left. Maybe a history of violence or a miserable marriage? Korrina and Annette might have changed their names and moved far away.

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  43. Creepy, Kreepy stuff! Maybe ghosts write notes.

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  44. I'd like to think she had a secret life and came back for her daughter, but I think something bad happened to both of them.

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  45. I wonder what the police came up with when they investigated this.

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  46. It's hard to believe a mother would come back for only one of three children.

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  47. You have to wonder if there was a reason she left and whether she had a good reason for coming back for her daughter. Usually handwriting analysts can give an opinion if something was writtern under duress.
    Tasha
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  48. Why would she go for a drive this late in the evening? How was their marriage? She could have left, dumped her car and started a new life. When she was back on her feet, she came to get her daughter knowing she would be able to rear one child plus she could manipulate her daughter not to say anything whereas she may not have been so lucky with her sons. It's just another sad case

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