Our exciting podcast series about the Story of Baby William has finally begun! This incredibly riveting and intense tale of a Mom and baby that go missing in Mesa, and some mysterious events unfold in the tragedy’s wake. In this blog post, we discuss parts 1-3 of our 5-Part Series, where we revisit past interviews with family members, along with conversations with friends. We’ve also added insights from our own law firm about missing baby William Gouchenour, and his mother, Madeline Jones.

In the first episode, discover how Bille Tarascio, owner of Modern Law, a family law and divorce firm in the Phoenix area, became involved with a cross-country search for the missing son of Jacob Gouchenour. Let’s listen!

PART ONE: BABY WILLIAM GOES MISSING AFTER A DIVORCE

The infant son of a young father, Jacob Gouchenour, along with the baby’s mother, Madeline Jones, disappear on a June day in Mesa, Arizona not long after a family law judge orders that the two parents share parenting time.  Was she kidnapped, murdered, or the victim of an accident? Accusations fly between the families as law enforcement quietly begin a multi-state manhunt.

Modern Law’s Billie Tarascio finds herself working to find a legal angle track them down, and does her best to keep the pressure on a campaign to find Baby William.

PART TWO: SOCIAL MEDIA SLEUTHS SWING INTO ACTION FOR MISSING BABY WILLIAM

Destinee Mack, who describes herself on Twitter as a wife, mom and random altruist, was the unexpected center of the unexpected band of 12,000 online strangers who came forward offering help to find Baby William. Her Facebook group to “Find Maddie and Baby William”  offered information and a place to share theories, stories, and sometimes gossip. She played housemother over the group and intervened occasionally to keep comments from devolving into the ugly.

But her role as an unintended advocate for Baby William was not without a cost to her.  She was eventually slapped with a gag order to cease her online activities. A judge thought she was a problem, but she thought it was clear the group was getting closer to the truth.

PART THREE: FIGHTING BACK THROUGH LEGAL CHANNELS TO FIND A MISSING BABY

In this 3rd episode of the special series on Missing Baby William, we hear from some of the main family members involved in the case. What can family law attorney Billie Tarascio can do to ferret out more information to find baby William Gouchenour?

By this time, during a typical hot Arizona summer, weeks and weeks have passed with no real news on the missing baby. Meanwhile police are combing through barns in Montana trying to determine if the baby’s father, Jake, or another of his family members has hidden or kidnapped the young mother and her child. The family – and the web-sleuths – are anxious for any new information to develop.

Parts 1-3 leave us with a series of unanswered questions about the case. Do the search and legal efforts baby pay off after this Mom and baby go missing? Is foul play involved? Who is responsible? The answer to these questions and more will be uncovered in parts 4 and 5 in the upcoming weeks!

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