Missing student may have been porn star

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer 48 minutes ago

EL DORADO, Kan. – A missing Kansas college student believed to be the victim of foul play apparently led a double life as an Internet porn star by the name of Zoey Zane.

Nude photos of 18-year-old Emily Sander appeared on a Zoey Zane Web site before she vanished, and investigators are looking into whether her modeling had anything to do with her disappearance last Friday.

“She enjoyed it. She is a young teenage girl and she wanted to be in the movies and enjoyed movies. She needed the extra money,” Nikki Watson, a close friend of Sander’s at Butler Community College, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Nobody in El Dorado knew besides her close friends.”

Sander’s brother, Jacob Sander, confirmed that the nude woman pictured on the site is his sister.

El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said FBI and state experts on Internet crime have been called in.

“Investigators are aware that Miss Sander was apparently involved in a Web site situation,” he said. “Allegations that this may factor into her disappearance are being thoroughly investigated.”

Sander was last seen leaving a bar in El Dorado, about 30 miles from Wichita, with a man identified as Israel Mireles, 24, authorities said. Sander and Mireles had met that night at the bar, according to Watson.

After Mireles did not show up Saturday at his job at an Italian restaurant, his employer went to the motel room where he was staying.

“His motel room was found to appear in great disarray and a large quantity of blood was found in the room,” Boren said. “Bed clothing was found to be missing. The police were called.”

A nationwide manhunt was under way for Mireles and his 16-year-old girlfriend. A rental car he had been driving turned up Tuesday in Texas, where he had family. On Tuesday, authorities released a photo of a white bedspread with a floral design and asked for the public’s help in locating it.

“Our hopes kind of diminish each day we don’t hear from her,” the police chief said Wednesday.

Sander recently signed a contract for the pornographic work on the Web site, and told her parents about it on Thanksgiving, Watson said. Her boyfriend broke up with her because he did not approve, Watson said.

Sander’s grandmother, Shirley Sander, said: “What you are telling me now is things we have never been told or heard. I don’t know what to say. We have never heard anything like this and truthfully I don’t believe it.”

The company listed as the domain registrant for the Web site lists a Wichita address. Its administrator did not immediately return a call for comment. The site domain record shows the site was created in April.

Watson said she does not believe Sander’s pornography work had anything to do with the disappearance.

“Nobody even knew about this until one of our close friends came out and told everybody because Emily did not want anybody to know,” Watson said.

The brown-haired, blue-eyed Sander was last seen wearing low-rider jeans and a “Don’t Mess With Texas” T-shirt. She has tattoos and body piercings.

11 Responses

  1. Here is a link to the bedspread photo. Seems like a long shot, but if this is all that they have to go on, we should help circulate the info:
    http://boards.crimelibrary.com/showthread.php?p=9072482

  2. “Sander’s brother, Jacob Sander, confirmed that the nude woman pictured on the site is his sister.”

    Interesting that, although this information has already been confirmed by Sander’s close friend(s), the author of this article found it necessary to mention that her brother also verified this information…

  3. I love how the adult Internet connection was emphasized. Maybe it had nothing to do with anything (my guess). If she hadn’t been posing on the site but instead had a known sexual history, that probably would be considered a “factor” in her disappearance.

    A sexual woman is always at fault.

    XX

  4. Amanda – I guess that’s what happens when you get “involved in a web site situation.”

  5. The moral here is that women should not be allowed on the Web. God knows the things it does to them. Gives them ideas and stuff.

    XX

    PS: Not that I don’t have sympathy for her or her family. It’s the police and reporter I have issues with.

  6. When I was searching for the bedspread photo, I only found ONE link to the actual photo. However I found DOZENS of links to her site and news-edited shots of her site. The media is far more interested in getting a sexualized story than I helping spread info that might actually lead to this girl who ‘may have been a porn star’ being found.

  7. Well #^@&! It looks like they found a body.
    http://www.kwch.com/global/story.asp?s=7405774

  8. They found what they believe to be her body…

    “Authorities in El Dorado say a body found 50 miles east of town matches the description of Emily Sander. For that reason, police are now calling her disappearance a homicide.Police have notified Sander’s family. A positive identification will take some time.Sander was last seen Friday night leaving a bar. She was last seen with 24-year-old Israel Mireles. He has now been named a suspect in her death”

    Porn did not kill this woman. A person did. That person is to blame. And the fucking media vultures prefer to titlate their carrior eating audiences with the “oooh, she made porn” crap rather than focus on the person who killed her.

  9. ren said: “Porn did not kill this woman. A person did. That person is to blame. And the fucking media vultures prefer to titlate their carrior eating audiences with the “oooh, she made porn” crap rather than focus on the person who killed her.”

    EXACTLY. it wouldn’t have been a national headline if it weren’t for the porn aspect.

    I think the other thing at play here is the media’s fascination with the DANGERS of the INTERNET.

  10. SWMK wrote:
    “it wouldn’t have been a national headline if it weren’t for the porn aspect.”

    Plus, she’s white. Women go missing everyday, but it’s only news if she’s white, wealthy or the story is sexually titillating.

  11. According to this article: http://www.kwch.com/Global/story.asp?S=7434957

    her brother went with her to meet the suspect at a bar, all three went to a hotel room and the brother and the suspect got into a fight.

    The article above says that the brother positively ID’d her on the website as Zoey Zane.

    Is the brother hiding information?

    Does she have more than one brother?

    I haven’t seen any news about the brother being questioned further…

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