Relentless follows filmmaker Christina Fontana on her search for the truth about what happened to Christina Whittaker, a young mother who has disappeared from the small Missouri town of Hannibal. ‘Relentless’ is an original True-crime series from Discovery+. This cold case has kept the authorities confused for nearly 12 years now, mainly because every time someone tries to review it, they only find conspiracies involving treason, suicide and murder. So, with this six-part show that takes a deep dive into the complex search for a missing person, let’s learn more about Christina and the facts of the case, shall we?
What happened to Christina Whittaker?
At age 21, Christina Whittaker lived in the Oakwood neighborhood of Hannibal, Missouri, with her 6-month-old baby girl named Alexandria. In her mentally ill condition, which suffered from depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia, along with bipolar disorder, she was able to behave very childishly, according to her mother. However, Christina loved her family, so no one thought she would ever leave one of them behind, at least not her daughter. That said, since her psychiatric medication made her quite susceptible to manipulation, it’s also plausible that someone was sinfully abusing the young woman.
Still, it’s actually still unclear what happened to her on November 13, 2009. That night, Christina went out with some friends to Rookie’s Sports Bar on 600 Broadway and then to Sportsman’s on 611, where she drank heavily. Because her drunken actions interfered with other customers, she was asked to leave, which she did 15 minutes before midnight. Christina had asked countless people for a ride home, but she just walked away, visibly upset, when no one agreed. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Is Christina Whittaker Dead or Alive? Has she been found?
When Christina Whittaker was reported missing and the investigation into her disappearance began, the only reliable evidence the police found was her cell phone. It lay on the ground 200 block from Seventh Street, just blocks from where she was last seen alive. However, according to reports, she planned to be home by midnight after stopping at a nearby restaurant to get her boyfriend, Travis Blackwell, something to eat. But alas, no other concrete trace of her has ever been discovered.
Tavis Blackwell, however, seems to be pivotal in this. Not only was he one of the last people to call Christina, around 10:30 p.m., but Travis also failed not one but two polygraph tests in early 2010, when he appeared on “The Steve Wilkos Show.” He had gone on air to spread information about his girlfriend’s unexpected disappearance with Christina’s mother, Cindy Young, and other family members. But when the show’s polygraph expert asked if he had anything to do with the case and he answered no, they indicated he seemed nervous.
Shortly after the episode aired, Cindy came forward to support Travis and revealed that he had been at their home and looked after Christina’s daughter all night of November 13. In fact, he was the one who informed Cindy that the young mother never returned home, and she waited until the next day, the 15th, to press charges. Additionally, Cindy explained that Christina’s then-boyfriend took a lie detector test after the show with the Hannibal Police Department and passed. She, along with the rest of their family, believe he is innocent.
The other primary concern is Christina’s own habits and tendency to take her prescribed medications irregularly, despite having been taking them for 18 years. Consuming hard liquor with bipolar pills is also known to increase the risk of suicide and injury as it turns individuals into impulsive and naive creatures. Plus, even Cindy has admitted that Christina had made suicide statements in the past. That said, however, there have been announced sightings of Christina in Illinois with law enforcement unable to positively identify/capture her.
Christina had been arrested for driving with a revoked license shortly before she disappeared, so having missed the court date the previous December, an arrest warrant has now been issued. But despite all that, there has been no trace of her for more than ten years. She’s believed to be in danger, and the lack of evidence means officials have no choice but to investigate every little clue and tip that comes their way. They haven’t closed Christina’s case yet, and it seems they don’t intend to until it’s fully and no doubt resolved.
The Hannibal Police Department has questioned more than 200 people, worked with about 45 different agencies, including the FBI, and traced clues from coast to coast. Christina or her remains were never found, so it’s a unique file within the HPD, especially since they still record tips at (573)-221-0987 or online, here. According to the Help Find Christina Whittaker Facebook page, there is a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to closure. Was it a disappearance, suicide or murder? Nobody knows yet.
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