Disappeared: Theresa Bier, missing 26 years.

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Theresa Bier, 16 years old, went camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the late spring of 1987 with a man named Russell “Skip” Welch. Skip was 43 years old. He and Theresa were looking for Bigfoot. Seriously–that is what Skip Welch told authorities after she vanished sometime on the trip. What a 16-year-old girl’s parents were thinking allowing her to go camping with a man in his 40s, searching for a mythical creature, is anyone’s guess.

According to Charley Project’s file, Skip had a rather unbelievable explanation for what happened to Theresa:

Authorities questioned Welch when he returned to Fresno several days later. He initially claimed that Theresa ran away from him on June 1, then he changed his story. Welch eventually stated that Theresa had been forcibly taken by Bigfoot. Welch was charged with her abduction, but the case against him was dismissed due to a lack of evidence in October 1987, more than four months after Theresa disappeared. Searches of the Shuteye Peak area produced no clues as to her whereabouts. Foul play is suspected in Theresa’s case.

I don’t believe in Bigfoot, so of course I don’t buy this story for a moment. Unfortunately it’s not a laughing matter. This girl has now been missing for 26 years. Skip obviously knows more than he was willing to say.

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14 Comments

  1. I have to wonder if maybe he did see something, or thought he saw something, perhaps while under the influence of alcohol or shrooms or suchlike. Because, let’s face it, ANY story would have been better than the one he gave. ANYTHING. She ran away. She fell off a cliff. She fell in a lake and drowned. She vanished from the campsite in the wee hours while he was sleeping. Anything but Bigfoot…

  2. I wonder that too, Meaghan. Maybe he told them she ran away at first because he knew they wouldn’t believe the Bigfoot story. Interesting.

  3. Sean, Meaghan;

    The only thing extra I found was that; “Deputy District Attorney Elvoyce Hooper offered Welch a one-year term on child-stealing charges if he would sign a waiver allowing for a murder trial in the event the girl’s body is found.

    But Welch’s public defender, Mel Rube, refused to sign a waiver and Hooper said he was forced to drop the charge in case authorities later want to charge Welch with murder.”

    Now that report seems to imply that Theresa’s parents, guardians, whoever, did not give her permission to go with Welch.

    You can’t be charged with “child-stealing” if those legally responsible with your wellbeing said ok, go camp with him, go find Bigfoot.

    Do I believe him? Not for a second.

  4. so Skip is my great uncle…He was my dads, Roger Welch’s, Uncle…you find out new things about your family every day…

      1. Okay..first of all her last name is Liaty. She went to Isador Cohen in Sacramento calif. 6th grade year.
        Second of all she has a twin sister named Tressa Marie Liaty.
        They are from Oregon. WHY HAVE YOU MENTIONED HER TWIN???
        BIGFOOT …!!??? REAALLLLY??!!..WHAT CLOWNS ARE HANDELING THIS CASE!???? Did they happen to catch a glimpse of Santana as well!!???
        That had a little sister named Sara. They lived with an older lady and a REALLY older gentleman.

      2. I AM CHANDRA WELCH. DAUGHTER OF RUSSELL, THE REASON THEY NEVER FOUND A TRACE OF HER IS BECAUSE MY FATHER DID NOT HURT HER. BEFORE YOU MAKE COMMENTS DO SOME RESEARCH, IF MY FATHER KILLED HER THEN WHY WERE THERE NO TRACES OF BLOOD FOUND ON HIM OR IN HIS CAR OR ANYWHERE, YES HIS STORY ISNT ONE YOU HEAR EVERYDAY AND FOR SOME HARD TO BELIEVE, IF HE DID IT THEN WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE, THEN WHERE IS THERESA? AND THAT STORY ABOUT THERESA, TRESSA, FIRST IVE HEARD OF IT EVER

  5. I went to school in Sacramento, California with Theresa and her Twin sister Tressa (about 1981 ish). I also went to school with April, who blogged above. Their last name was different (Liaty or Laity). Their family lived a few houses down, and we spent quite a bit time playing. They moved away after about a year or so, telling people the are moving to Oregon because their father was sick.

    I find it hard to believe the Theresa would be allowed to leave with a man…at night…with sandals…and venture into the woods to stay the night…looking for a creature. The family would not let the twins cross the street to go to to the convenience store with a group of neighborhood kids. The twins would get a ride to and from school, instead of walking the very short distance to school with a large group of kids. I was in the same class as Theresa and her sister Tressa was in another class.

    Their family kept a close eye on them, I routinely played inside their house. The family was very nice, but had a “different” dynamic

    I really find it harder to believe that Tressa did not come with Theresa. The twins were tight and bonded, the whole family seemed to be close.

    I really, really, really cannot grasp the fact that there his been no mention of Theresa”s Twin, or no information linking these twins together.

    The only thing that I can make of all this is that Tressa was eaten by another mythical creature before Bigfoot ate Theresa.

    I am happy to see that law enforcement and the judicial system have the option and the ability to help the family and the public accept that a “Mythical Creature” took this girl.

    Christine

  6. Wow! Christine, you must have blogger leg. Your plethora of information and extensive insight into the plight if this “name-changing, state-skipping” family is suspect. It was noted that the family moved to Oregon (due to fathers illness). The reason being either seeking assisted suiside where it is legal … OR … In search of Big Foot thus resulting in the location of said Yetti-napped daughter. Big Foot runs rampant from Northern CA, through Oregon and up.

    Being from Nevada and the Sierra’s, Big Foot is not part if the local lore, Water Babies, definitely, but no Squatch. There are a multitude of light displayed in the skies and flying objects. Yes, she was stolen, but not by any Mythalogical critters, green or hairy. “Skip” is the crazy Big Foot who lured a girl away with the intrege of locating something shed probably day dreamed of. When things got crazy and his perverted intentions came out, she fled into the darkened, wooded mountains where she met her demise due to elements or accident. Or I’d did her in.

    Maybe the family became recluse, maybe “Skip” was a stalker and they had to disappear (move, name change). Were the twins adopted or foster children? Maybe they testified and needed protection. Someone should dig up cold case file or hire Chip Coffee.

    I’d keep digging, but use a different shovel. I can tell you’re good at this. Hope you find the answers you seek.

    Scribble

  7. Skip is my great uncle. i have been told the story but i was never told about sasquatch taking her. huh. Cousin Chandra. Talk to James he said that place was creepy when skip took him up there and he will never go back or tell us where its at exactly.

  8. Who are all of you people she was my sister her father is David BIER both of our dad’s noone gave that man to take my sister. She has two sisters besides me Vicky and yollanda. There is no bigfoot and when they find her body he will pay for his crime or she wouldn’t be missing. Karma and god has his reasons for taking the wicked evil and all that comes with those.

    1. Angie, my best friend Chris was neighbors with your sister Theresa . Norcade circle in Sacramento ca. Chris lived with her 2 brothers and her mom. I believe she has posted her opinion about this as well…..It was weird, chris just happen to see this post about your sister a year or so ago and showed me and asked if i remembered you guys. Wasn’t there a twin named Tessa??.Well I definitely remember Theresa and her sis whether her name was Tessa or??. Well, we think this story is bullshit too.
      Im so sorry for whatever happened to Theresa. I hope your family finds out the truth.

  9. She was my sister we have the same dad David BIER she has two other sisters Vicky and yollanda. Vicky and Teresa were in foster care when our dad and my mom did whatever they could to get them. I remember my sister from Fresno California and I wish they could find her body so that guy can pay for what he has done or maybe God took care of him already.

  10. My sister wasn’t no twin yes she ran away but stayed with my our great grandma and my older sister Yolanda I don’t really know everything just what I was told if you want to know what I know message me.

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