Mysteries and Monsters: Episode 282 The Yuba County Five with Tony Wright

Apr 01, 03:00 AM

It was supposed be the most exciting weekend for five friends as they prepared for the biggest game in their basketball careers. Ted Weiher, Jack Madruga, Bill Sterling, Jackie Huett, and Gary Mathias were to play in a tournament that would enable them to travel to Los Angeles courtesy of the Special Olympics.

They'd planned to watch their favourite college team first though, to inspire them for the following day.

On Friday, February 24, 1978, five friends left the Yuba County, California area in Jack Madruga’s 1969 Mercury Montego to attend a basketball game in Chico, California.

Four days later the car they were traveling in was found abandoned on a snow-covered road in the mountains of the Plumas National Forest, some 75 miles in the wrong direction from home.

What happend to the Yuba County Five has baffled people for over 45 years and in his forensic deep dive in to the case, author and researcher Tony Wright chased down every rabbit hole on the search for answers.

His book can be found here:

A massive thank you to Tony for joining me this week.

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