Michael Chambers, a 70-year-old retired Dallas firefighter, vanished from Quinlan, Texas on March 10, 2017. This Michael Chambers wiki looks at what we know about his life, his strange disappearance, motives for his possible murder, and other theories about this unsolved case.
Some blood in his workshop could suggest that he met with foul play. But investigators have suggested that Michael Chambers could have left of his own free will. But where would he have gone? And why would he leave his wife, children, and grandchildren behind? Despite what investigators think, the man’s disappearance may not be as cut and dry as it seems. Darker motives may be at play.
Michael Chambers Wiki: Portrait of a Beloved Papaw
Who Is Michael Chambers?
Michael Glen Chambers was born in 1946 to Alton Clayton and Fannie Belle Meadows Chambers. He had one brother, Marshall Lee Chambers.
He was a loving husband who was married to his wife Rebecca Lynn “Becca” Erickson, 60, for almost 40 years.
He had two daughters from his previous marriage to Vickie Elizabeth Bray: Vickie Suzanne Chambers, now Suzy Chambers Losoya, and Cheri Michelle Chambers, now Cheri Hanes.
He went on to adopt two sons with Becca: John Chambers and Justin Chambers.
A big family man, he also had nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren, not to mention numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom lovingly call him “PaPaw.” His daughter Suzy called him the “epitome of a good grandfather.” He was central to family events, cooking for everyone and playing with his grandkids.
“They want their PaPaw…they need their PaPaw back,” said Suzy in an interview.
Well-Deserved Retirement in Rural Quinlan
In 2008, after a successful 36-year career as a firefighter and paramedic with the Dallas Fire Department, Michael retired.
He and his wife Becca led a pretty tranquil existence at their rural bungalow on Farm to Market Road in Quinlan, Texas. The 10-acre property is 42 miles east of Dallas.
In his retirement, Michael stayed active in his church. He was a member of the local Baptist congregation. He’d even been a deacon at one point.
He also loved to sing. Michael was a member of gospel group The Joint Heirs Quartet.
But the retired fireman’s greatest passion project was restoring classic cars and building road racers from the ground up. He was a regular fixture on the car show circuit and a member of the Texas Most Wanted Car Club. He was considered a father figure to many of his fellow gearheads, including his son-in-law, David Losoya.
Most afternoons, you could find Michael tinkering away in a large multi-car workshop, in a garage just steps away from the family home.
But all that changed in the afternoon of Friday, March 10, 2017. On that day, he vanished. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Michael was 6′3″ tall and weighed 225 pounds. He had blue eyes, and was balding with grey hair. Michael had a small scar on his upper lip from an auto accident, and he had surgical scars on his right knee and both shoulders. He was regularly seen wearing a Dallas Fire Rescue T-shirt and baseball hat. He had no known health or mental issues.
The family is offering a $25,000 reward for information on his disappearance.
Friday March 10, 2017: Michael Chambers Vanished
March 10, 2017 started out like any other day. Around 8 a.m., Michael Chambers spoke to his wife on the phone. It was then that his wife probably asked Michael to go to the local WalMart to pick her up some mascara; something that was not uncommon for Michael to do.
Security footage at WalMart showed Michael paying for the mascara around 11 a.m. He was seen checking out at the cashier and then walking across the parking lot. He was not followed by anyone. Michael got into his truck and drove home.
See mark 1:08 in the below news video for the Walmart surveillance footage.
At 3 p.m., a neighbor came home and spent most of the day outside in the yard. The neighbor had a clear view of the Chambers property and did not see anything out of the ordinary. This suggests that Michael disappeared sometime between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
At approximately 5:51 p.m., Becca texted Michael, saying she was almost home. Becca, a home health nurse who was often on the road visiting patients, arrived home around 6:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m.: Michael Chambers Was Missing
After arriving home, Becca Chambers discovered that Michael was nowhere to be found. His truck was parked in its usual spot. The house and workshop were both locked.
Becca unlocked their home and looked around.
She then asked her neighbors, Barrie and Sandra Paris, to help look for Michael around the property.
When they unlocked Michael’s workshop, Becca found Michael’s keys and wallet. Missing were his cell phone and driver’s license.
She also found quarter-sized droplets on the floor of the workshop and she wondered whether it was transmission fluid.
After failing to locate him, Becca called everyone she knew.
According to one report, Michael’s daughter Suzy told Becca to contact police, so she called 911 around 6:55 p.m. to report Michael missing.
According to Disappeared, Barrie Paris, a retired Greenville chief of police, is the one who called 911.
Becca then called family friend Penny Edwards and asked her to come over. Around the same time, a single deputy from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office arrived.
When it became clear that Michael was missing, two additional officers were dispatched to the property.
Deputies and neighbors searched the 10 acres of the Chambers property, but did not find any clues. Meanwhile, police helicopters searched overhead and police dogs searched the fields and forests around the home. The bloodhounds picked up a scent close to the workshop, but it disappeared in a culvert across the street.
Based on the evidence that they found, police say Michael did not leave on his own accord. They also believed he was in danger.
Video footage taken inside Michael’s workshop suggested that the quarter-sized droplets were not transmission fluid.
Tests later confirmed that it was blood belonging to Michael. The blood droplet