Case: 114 Mysterious Footage Located After Dissappearance of Creatives

Between the hours of 15:00 and 19:00 on either days falling between Tuesday, October 27, and Friday, October 30 a series of unexplained events ultimately led to the disappearance employees at a creative agency, NMCO Media, located on Lohman Avenue of Las Cruces, NM.

Dana Apodaca, Ralph Diaz, Christina Ballew and her dog Kahlo were discovered to be missing, with their last known whereabouts being at the NMCO Studio location. Lucky Gonzales, NMCO Co-Founder, became concerned after the alarm was tripped and security footage showed flashing lights, while the dog was heard barking excessively in the background. Gonzales reported broken glass, vandalized electricity, and no contact from any of NMCO’s employees. Upon further investigation, it appears other employees working remotely including Carlos Arreola, Kelsey Gentile, and Dawn Franco also disappeared at unknown times prior to the discovery at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, but so far there there is no suspected foul play or leads on any suspects or possible locations of the missing persons. In fact, investigators have no evidence to suspect any human involvement.

Below is a summary of the missing victims and evidence discovered through found footage, social media and cell phone data leading up to their disappearances.

Victim: Tina Ballew, 36, female, Creative Director
Evidence: mysterious visitor
After investigating all the missing victims residences agents talked with two neighbors of Ballew, who wish to remain anonymous. The neighbors made a statement that for at least 4 nights in a row Ballew’s dog was barking every evening at the same hour. At the residence of the victim in question forensics found a strange print, larger than a human hand, but sharing similar features on the exterior of the victims’s window. It also appears that before her disappearance Ballew shared a video of her dog being “disturbed” at her bedroom window. Upon further analysis of the footage, and unknown to Ballew, it appears that two glowing eyes are peering through her window from outside of her residence.

Victim: Ralph Diaz, 30, male, Video Specialist
Evidence: mechanical disturbance
Days before his disappearance Diaz experienced foreign radio transmissions and interference within his vehicle. The victim shared the incident via Instagram story. Evidence suggests the vehicle continued to pick up the unidentified transmission in the following days after the post. His vehicle was later recovered at the Rio Grande. It is unclear if Diaz abandoned at the river. Upon further investigation damage underneath the vehicle indicates a drop from several feet high. The battery in the vehicle was dead upon investigation. The investigation at Diaz’s residence revealed other mechanical devices seemed to have been destroyed by blunt force from, most likely, the baseball bat found in the residence.

Victim: Kelsey Gentile, 25, female, Web Developer
Evidence: mysterious php
By gaining access to NMCO theft surveillance and the computer systems at NMCO we discovered that Gentile had encountered strange coding from an unidentified IP address through an invasive server connection. After posting her findings on Facebook, one of her friends had suggested to “Ctrl+ alt+delete?” Our forensics team found the same code written all over Gentile’s wall in what appears to be made of an invisible substance not identified, known or native to this Earth. Experts have not been able to recognize or interpret the coded symbols.

Victim: Dana Apodaca, 29, female, Senior Graphic Designer
Evidence: interrupted dreams
The victim posted a sketch on social media from the NMCO studio captioned: “I keep waking up at exactly 3 AM almost every night, after having the same awful reoccurring dream with this scary dark figure in it. Cross your fingers and hope I have a good night’s sleep tonight…” Her personal network seemed to be concerned due to the distressing figure with one person commenting “Cucuy A** Bitch.” Based on access to NMCO surveillance during studio hours the victim suggested she believed this to be a ‘creature or alien’. Upon searching the NMCO Media studio for evidence we obtained the sketch.

Victim: Carlos Arreola, 25, male, Animation and Visual Effects Specialist Evidence: unusual sightings

Upon investigating the victims cell phone and records Arreola had captured an unidentified aircraft outside the NMCO studio. The victim, like Apodaca, also suggested he believed the aircraft to be related to the extraterrestrial.

Victim: Dawn Franco, 24, female, Studio Manager
Evidence: potential stalker
The victim posted a selfie on social media on a hike out in the desert, posted and captioned, “Productive day at work, now for some me time.” Unknown to the victim is an ominous figure in the background that was discovered by a viewer on her feed. The user captioned “Look behind you!” The strange silhouette resembles the sketch drafted by Apodaca and also appears to mimic the glowing eyes found in Ballew’s footage. Agents are unsure how to interpret this evidence.

Victim: Kahlo, 6, Human Resources
Evidence: collar
The 60 pound, white-spotted and grey pitbull’s collar was discovered outside the studio, at the scene where Diaz, Apodaca, Ballew, and the canine were last documented. Forensics discovered the same print from Ballew’s window on the canine’s collar.

Based on past missing person cases, unexplainable in nature, with similar evidence, this case will remain open and the investigation will continue until more discoveries can tie loose ends. For the present status the disappearances and unexplained developments in relation to NMCO Media and its employees will remain a cold case. To see all the collected evidence click here.

As of November 2, 2020 all NMCO employees returned to the NMCO studio for business as usual with no recollection or memory of the previous week. 

CASE CLOSED

Kahlo

Door Greeter & Cookie Eater

Kahlo is our gentle, friendly, office pup! He loves his belly rubbed, sniffing absolutely everything, and hasn’t found a treat he wouldn’t eat! Be sure to say hi, he loves the attention!

Kelsey Gentile

Web Specialist

Once those websites are complete, Kelsey is our web maintenance manager. From regular updates, security checks, and content updates, Kelsey keeps our websites running smoothly, secure, and in tip-top shape.

Anna Kat Hollis

Lead Web Developer & Designer

We really like people named, “Anna”, especially named Anna Kat! Anna Kat is NMCO’s talented web developer and designer. She is smart, efficient, and crazy good at her craft! She has a background in design and focuses on functionality and UI/UX. You’re gonna love working with her!

Zac Wittstruck

Animator

If you’re needing quality animation, Zac is your guy! Motion graphics, custom character rigging, and 2D animation are some of Zac’s specialties. Zac always wears a smile and is truly one of the nicest people you’ll meet. When Zac isn’t whipping out great animations, he plays bass guitar for a local jazz band! What a cool cat!

Aaron Walterscheid

Video Specialist & Cinematographer

Aaron is NMCO’s “Silent Assassin”. While not the most outgoing of our talented crew, Aaron KILLS at videography, editing, color grading, drone operation, lighting, and doing what it takes to get the job done. His experience and skills speak loudly for themselves.

Sam Palm

Video Specialist & Photographer

With an eye for great picture-perfect moments, Sam is one of NMCO’s extremely talented video specialists! Sam is our main photographer, but also is a Director of Photography, editor, color specialist, and overall Jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not behind the camera, find Sam cruisin’ the Southwest on his Harley and living life to the fullest! Did we mention he has great hair?

Ralph Diaz

Senior Video Specialist

Don’t confuse Ralph with Academy Award-winning actor Johnny Depp. Although there’s a close resemblance, Ralph is much more talented behind the camera. He’s done it all from VFX to animation, to producing, directing, and editing some of our most memorable productions. It also should come as no surprise that he’s mastered the technical and practical aspects of videography, giving him the nickname, “The Doctor.”

Dana Apodaca

Senior Graphic Designer & Art Director

Dana is up to date on all expert software and can design circles around most designers. With creative solutions, a sensibility to trends, and the best artistic output, Dana can do it all from identity systems to layouts, to even giving art direction in our video productions.

Dawn Franco

Studio Manager

With a background in journalism, file archival and organization, Dawn is our client onboarding extraordinaire. From contract preparation, to project management, account direction, and reporting, Dawn stirs the pot for most productions, making sure it’s served hot and on time.

Lucky Gonzalez

Co-Founder & Media Buyer

With all of that creative, where are you going to put it?! Lucky has 18 years in business with the expertise and know-how, so he is naturally our go-to for media placement. From digital banner ads to broadcast TV, Lucky can take any budget and translate it to impressions and conversions. He prides himself on coming up with solutions for your problems.

Christina Ballew

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

When Tina co-founded NMCO she strived to push boundaries in creative services in the southwest. Building a creative studio from scratch was no easy feat but NMCO is now known for its professionalism and people-based, outside of the box ideas.   As Tina likes to say, she has done almost every job except for video editing itself. Her next goal is to take on the world.