At 18 years old, it may have been that Emily Sander felt the immortal pull of youth. The sense of being in her prime — young, beautiful, and healthy — in a world full of sensations to seek, with a curiousity that was not easily sated.
She was not perhaps a typical teenager, but like so many others Emily Sander seemed to be in a hurry to grow up. To leave behind the bittersweet vestiges of teenage gawkiness and insecurities and blossom, as she did, into a pierced and tattooed nonconformist who played along with the best and worst of hip-hop culture, one who loved to dance, but who referred to herself as “Mike’s Bitch” on her MySpace page. The triple life she led as daytime secretary, evening community college student, and barely-legal internet porn star was one Emily’s friend Nikki Watson claims she willingly undertook.
“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. Nobody in El Dorado knew besides her close friends.” Watson also stated that Sander told her family and her boyfriend about her porn activities on Thanksgiving Day, which resulted in a break-up with Michael McCallister, the boyfriend she began living with when she was 17 years old.
As Zoey Zane, Sander’s website (now removed), had over 300 subscribers who each paid $39.95 a month to view a girl who billed herself as a “spunky little teen with a super sexy side”. However, the gig wasn’t that immediately profitable for Sander who, it’s been reported, signed a contract in April, 2007 with Florida entrepreneur David Thomas*. Thomas told reporters that while the contract called for Sander to receive 45% of the monthly proceeds, she received only 5%, estimated at approximately $600 per month, with the rest being held “in escrow” until the completion of her contract.
Police Chief Tom Boran, of El Dorado, Kansas does not believe Sander’s internet activities had anything to do with her disappearance. They are presently searching for 24 year old Israel Mireles, who was last seen leaving the Retreat Bar in El Dorado with Sander on Thursday, November 22nd. It has been reported that Sander met Mireles for the first time on that evening.
Mireles is thought to be traveling with his sixteen year old pregnant girlfriend, Victoria Martens, who police also believe believe may be in danger.
On Monday, police announced their search of an El Dorado motel room rented by Mireles, stating they verified the blood reported found on Saturday by Mireles’s employer. On Tuesday, a rental car Mireles was driving, a green 2007 Ford Taurus, was found in Vernon, Texas where Mireles has relatives. On Thursday, a body matching Sander’s description was found along U.S. 54, between El Dorado and Toronto, Kansas. An autopsy is pending.
The search for Mireles and Martens continues. Mireles has a previous criminal history including misdeamonor convictions for possession of prohibited weapons, hunting from a vehicle and driving while intoxicated. Martens was a freshman student at Hays High School in Hays, Kansas until she dropped out earlier this year.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mireles and Martinez can call El Dorado Crime Stoppers at 316-321-1080.
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UPDATE ON VICTORIA MARTENS
*The “Zoey Zane” website is back up as a reward site, and says that Sanders worked as an independent agent, and not through Thomas.