Thursday, December 13, 2012

Disappearance Of Colleen Wood

I spend my days working and after that I spend my days watching the Investigation Discovery Channel. Yesterday particularly, I saw an episode on Disappeared about a young woman named Colleen Wood. As you might already know I am fascinated with all this types of cold cases and I don't want to be left behind on trying to help solve a case. If you have any information on the missing person below contact Fort Lauderdale police or comment on my post. 

MISSING:

Gender: Female
 DOB: 12/2/47
Height: 5’0”
Weight: 115 to 120 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Gray and/or blonde
Remarks: Last seen 12/28/00 

CASE DETAILS

Colleen Wood was reported missing on April 16, 2001 by her son Michael Tandarich. She is originally from Ohio and was last seen in Fort Lauderdale. She was last heard from in late December of 2000. 



MONTHS PRIOR TO DISAPPEARANCE

Lets retrace her steps in the months prior to her disappearance. Approximately 14- 16 months before, Colleen Wood met a man by the name of John Paul in a personal ad which stated he was looking for a sailing companion. She was very impressed by this man and his achievements in life. He told her that he had an MBA from Harvard University and was a race car driver as well. After a whirlwind of romance and love, they were soon making plans to sail around the world in John's 55-foot schooner named Island Girl. Prior to going in their worldwide trip John convinced Colleen to sell her condo and her belongings as their was no need for them while out at sea. Colleen did just that and gave the profit of $43,000.00 to John for investment. Without knowing, doing just that she had sealed her fate. Colleen Wood permanently moved in with John aboard the Island Girl. She called her son in Ohio, Michael on December 3, 2000 to let him know that they would be setting sail in a few weeks and she would be in touch with him soon. 10 days later a co-worker (Maureen Canada), spoke with Colleen to invite her to the office Christmas party. Colleen told her she was in Key West with John and that they were planning on going back and she would definitely be at the party. The Christmas party came and Colleen did not show up. Her son Michael hadn't heard from her also. They began to get worried. According to friends and family she would have called. Her son tried calling her but the account had been closed due to no payment. Michael contacted police, but there was no evidence of a crime being committed. 

The Real John Paul

For the most part of January and February Michael Tandarich tracked down any possible sighting of the Island Girl calling the Coast Guard and the FCC. He spent time searching the internet hoping to find any information on John Paul, but what he discovered let him believe that family and Colleen didn't know John Paul at all. John Paul was involved in a drug smuggling ring in the early 80's and was portrayed as the mastermind. He had also tried to kill one of his partners, but failed. He was let out on parole just less than a year before Colleen met John. Michael was able to track down John Paul's daughter which she stated her father had called her saying Colleen got upset with him over an issue involving one of his prior girlfriends in which case she decided to end the relationship. Later Michael received a call from John Paul with a different story, stating that they argued and doesn't remember why and that Colleen had left. She then came back later that day with her football player boyfriend and took all her belongings and hasn't seen her since.

Into The Investigation

After the different versions of how Colleen had disappeared Michael gave it another attempt to file a missing persons report.  Upon investigating the disappearance something finally came up four months after Colleen was last heard from. Their had been suspicious activity ranging from December to February, over 80 transaction withdrawing cash advances for a total of $40,000. Police knew it wasn't Colleen when they reviewed the ATM surveillance video. They were able to track down two girls that said that a man had paid them to withdraw money and would pay them a percentage of whatever they took out. There was also something suspicious about some ads that were purchased in December. One of the ads stated that it was looking for a first mate on a boat. The second ad was placed on the romance male seeking female section. Both of this ads where placed on or about December 16, 2000. Around the time that Colleen friend had contacted her for the Christmas party which she stated she was in Key West with John and that everything was fine. Investigators where finally able to track down John Paul and where given a third story to the disappearance. According to John , they had a huge fight in December over money that Colleen owed him and that she had made no attempt to repay him. Investigators grew suspicion when they noticed he had become rather nervous and was not compassionate on the fact that the woman he loved was missing. Despite the unusual behavior officials had no option, but to let him go. There was no physical evidence that tied John to the disappearance of Colleen. It wasn't until later had they found out that John had violated his parole. By the time that they returned back to look for him John Paul was gone. He apparently left U.S. soil and hasn't stepped back since. He changed the name on his boat from Island Girl to Diamond girl. John Paul has not been named a suspect on the Colleen case, but officials would like to question him again. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact For Lauderdale Police.
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43 comments:

  1. somebody follow the sale of the boat.i'm a novice&i can see that.

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  2. I just watched the story on ID (Disappeared), we all know, deep down inside, what happened.. John killed her, disposed of the body so it will never be found .. this story should be a lesson to other women.. don't be so hasty to fall in love.. check a guys background thoroughly before falling for him, and definitely don't go out to sea with anyone unless it's someone you've known all your life.

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    1. You are correct according to my research, and going out to sea is such a risk for anyone to do especially a vulnerable woman with a volitile man!

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    2. Exactly. It is very risky.

      There's no way I would want to be in the middle of the ocean with a total stranger. I would also prefer to have at least two other people on board.

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  3. well said @work home union.....yes this should serve as a lesson @anonymous cant do that if they dont know where its currently located....tanx u all for reading my blog i appreciate it!!

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  4. So did the women who withdrew money from her account get arrested?

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    1. they were only questioned but had nothing to pin them to her dissapearance.......

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    2. they were only questioned but had nothing to pin them to her dissapearance.......

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    3. John Paul Sr. is also responsible for his former wife, Chalice Paul back in 1981 and she to was last seen with John Paul Sr. in Key West. The same M.O was used I am sure and you can read the whole story on her web site at chalicepaul.com and also she has a FB page titled Chalice Paul- Missing Person. One thing is for sure, John Paul Sr. will be extradited and stand trial for the disappearance of Colleen Wood.

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    4. Thank you....I will definitely take a look at it!

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  5. Take example Ladies... when you meet a guy who treats you like it is '...too good to be true' DON'T TRUST HIM. 1st, (covertly) get his fingerprints; then 2nd spend a couple of hundred for a background check. Lastly, invite him to spend the evening with some male friends of yours (maybe relatives) because they are passing through town. A few hours with guys will give them an idea of what he is really like. DO NOT TRUST your own judgement OR your own heart.
    Be Safe...

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    1. Hi Lynn,

      You are so right in all the above but there are other ways to find out too,check out all the family members and Social Network sites, Property Appraisers where they live or lived. Court records both civil and criminal, Mugshots.com and sites that post people that were in prison. Then call people to interview like neighbors, friends on FB, past employees. Then you can ask your future love interest point blank questions to see his reaction, if he can not look you in the eyes and looks away then he is lying!

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  6. I worked with Colleen back when she was in Ohio. Colleen wasn't a careless person. This can happen to anyone. I feel for her family. Especially her son. I hope that a resolution to this case is found so that her family may have peace.

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    1. Hi wildchild, your right colleen was not careless, and I know her younger son still suffers, because he is my dad. John Paul stole apart of me and my brothers life and I fear we will never get justice or know what happened to my grandmother. I miss her.

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    2. Hello Anonymous! Tell your family I send my best and I am doing my best for your family and Chalices to get this SOB extradited and brought back to stand trial for Colleen's disappearance. Go to Chalice Paul-Missing Person On Facebook and click Likes as now we are over 3051 likes so that means from July of 2012 when we built this page that amount of people read and saw and liked. Also go to chalicepaul.com to read the whole story. A lot has happened recently so read please the FB page and mine too. The show on ID Network, Disappeared and titled Dark Voyage got a lot of skeptical people to believe that John Paul Sr. is a sick individual and responsible for both women and who knows how many more have been thrown overboard with an anchor wrapped around them!!

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  7. You lost all credibility when you wrote a young woman named Colleen Wood. She was born in 1947. Young woman? At what point do you consider someone middle aged or elderly super sleuth?

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    1. Well, it isn't of much importance to me when she was born or how old she was. She was living her life when she disappeared so her age does not matter to me as long as I get my point through. I am not trying to disrespect anybody when I write my blogs but your opinion is appreciated. Thanks anyways.

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    2. That is my sister you're assuming was an old lady. She was only 52 when she disappeared. You must be quite young to think that 52 is old. No matter what age we are, we're all young at heart. No matter what age a person is, they do not want to die, they will do anything to survive. I know my sister was a fighter, and did everything in her power to live, but this evil man prevailed. So he thinks!!!!!! In the end he will lose FOREVER.

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    3. Anonymous.....my condolences to you and your family and hope someday justice may be brought

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    4. I thought I posted this message before but it got deleted about the comment, super sleuth from Anonymous on April 26th. Are you related to John Paul Sr? Just wondering? It sounds pretty condensending on your part with your comments, what an ass!

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    5. Chalice, you're the ass here. Colleen was under no circumstances a young woman. Retard.

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  8. I just caught this story on "Disappeared" for the second time in a year. So spooky! I hope there is a resolution to this through a confession by John Paul before he meets his maker. Although it wouldn't bring Colleen's family closure, it would help them cope with it a bit.

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  9. I was Chalice's room-mate back in the day and I've been looking for her forever. Sadly, I now know what happened. I feel Chalice and Colleen are not the only victims of this man. I'm going to honor Chalice by telling her tale to anyone who will listen --and even some who won't want to do so.

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  10. All you comments are greatly appreciated. It gives me pleasure to know that my stories are getting read little by little but surely....tanx to everyone and of course my condolences are always given to the families of any victim.

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  11. Chalice Paul's Missing Persons page on Facebook had it's one year aniversary on July 7th and over 30,000 people viewed the last posting and we are up to 7,180 Likes on her page total. This is amazing seeing how no one even knew her or know she was missing or even married to John Paul Sr. I hope this brings justice to her and Colleen Wood's disappearance and hope that they capture and return John Paul Sr. to stand trial in Fort Lauderdale for Colleen's disappearance.

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  12. August 31st was Chalice Paul's 66th birthday if she was still alive. We are up to 8,564 Likes on her Facebook page and it is still growing in numbers. Let's hope for justice for both women, Colleen Wood and Chalice Paul.

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  13. Girls, don't be impressed by a guy's money or all he can give you. If he starts to not treat you well, run for the hills. Don't give your money to someone you just met. Step back and analyze things. Sometimes it's hard to do. If something seems like a dream or fantasy, it probably is...Life is hard work. Better to find a poor man who treats you well. Have more accomplishments than the guy so he admires you.

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  14. john Paul used Colleen to take her money, and then killed her.

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  15. If John Paul had told me to sell my things i would have responded with "F---- You, and left him.

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  16. I'm watching the show on ID right now and was hoping that they had found John Paul by now.

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    1. They have he is just out of reach for the US station to have the legal rights to go after him.

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  17. Don't ever trust a guy no matter how cute he is or nice he is

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  18. How dumb are these cops anyway? They actually talked with this idiot three times and didn't haul him in or charge him. If I were this woman's son, the shit would be hitting the fan right now.

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  19. This episode is on as I write this. I truly believe that they had done some sailing to make it look good to her and then while out of the country, he had killed her and disposed of her at sea or even if they are lucky in a different country. He had all his belongings. How there is NO evidence of wrongdoing is beyond me since just possessing things that belong to another and that other person is no longer around. People do not just leave their things like that especially things like the PC which had all credit info and passwords. While being formerly jailed for drugs, that is not the same as murder but shows he has some criminal behavior within him. He also is a user and a person who will find innocent women, take them for all they have and be done with them. If he did NOTHING wrong why will he NOT speak to the police. If anything, he should come forward and allow her family have some closure to this case.

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  20. Is this the same Colleen Wood that was a cheerleader and homecoming queen at Springfield High School?

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    1. Yes - this is the same Colleen Wood that was a cheerleader and homecoming queen at Springfield High School.

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  21. Chalice Paul Missing Person has reached over 11,000 likes on Facebook and still growing, it is working and hopefully it will help with Colleen Wood's investigation and her family too. We feel we are getting closer to getting the recognition long overlooked and highly deserved finally!

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  22. It is clear Colleen got completely caught up in the idea of John Paul's lifestyle and the premise of financial and material security... Sadly, she also seemed to abandon any kind of caution and better judgment. Women of her age that are widows or single can become lonely and crave someone to be with. That is why so many women that age are preyed upon. Colleen seemed to be partially spoiled and innocent.. I do not want to call her naive and stupid or at least I do not want to believe her to be that. Anybody from an outside perspective could see this situation wasn't all that safe. She had no clue who this man was or his history. He served 15 years in jail for attempted murder and his info was a google search away. Shows how much she was caught up with John Paul. She didnt question him for a minute and Im sure JP was very manipulative. I really hope Colleen can receive justice. WE all know John Paul killed her and he needs to pay. Whether Colleen made a foolish mistake or not, she didnt deserve to die for it. I think there were critical mistakes made on both the family's side and in law enforcement. Sad story that I hope finds closure.

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  23. Colleen had a dream of one day sailing around the world. John Paul the murderer played on her dream. We don't know if he is still alive today, but I do know two families have suffered at the hands of this man. I pray that John Paul is suffering or has suffered in some way. I hope the family get justice or closer soon.

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  24. I think, John Paul Sr, should be taken on a "Sea Cruise", in shark infested waters where his old feeble body is 'helped' in falling overboard.

    The writing is on the wall on this one: [or should I say it's written in the sand at the bottom of the ocean?!]

    "Vengence is mine, sayeth the Lord."

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  25. I hope he is on the most wanted list! What a sad story. I just saw it today on Discovery.

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  26. How in the world does this ugly sob get to hook up with these 2 beautiful women!? Thats some crazy BS right there. May God bless the families os these 2 women.

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  27. I was brought to this site through an unidentified murder that dates to 1976 in sumpter south carolina.

    If you google unidentified couple sumpter.....websleuths will pop up. On theist recent page, someone links. John Paul to those murders and his racing...need to look for something like page 6. The recent comments.

    Pray for justice for all!

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