Phylicia Albina Thomas has been missing since February 11 2004 from Lake Township Pennsylvanian. She is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall. She is a Caucasian female with brown hair and blue eyes. Both of her arm are scared due to dog bites and she freckles on her face. Phylicia is also a cigarette smoker. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a rust colored wool sweater, a blue colored polo with the words pump and pantry on it and white pants and grey nike sneakers, a blue pump n pantry had and a homemade hemp necklace.

Phylicia had finished her shift at the Pump-N-Pantry at approximately 11:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on February 11, 2004. According to her co-workers, she was in good spirits when she left work. Afterwards, she went to her home in the vicinity of the 100 block of Route 118 in Lake Township, Pennsylvania. Her boyfriend, Ed Rudaski, says he was sleeping on the couch and woke up when she came in. They had a brief conversation and she asked him for a beer. He told her the beer was outside in his all-terrain vehicle (ATV), then he went back to sleep on the couch.

When Rudaski woke up again an hour later and went to their bedroom, Thomas was not there. He drove his ATV to a friend’s house, thinking she might be there, but she was not, so he went back to their home to wait for her return. She has never been heard from again. Rudaski believes Thomas left their residence of her own accord. There was no sign of forced entry to the house, and he heard no suspicious noises.

Investigators believe Thomas’s disappearance is suspicious. Rudaski has cooperated with the investigation and is not being called a suspect. The man who gave Thomas a ride home from work the evening of her disappearance has also been interviewed and cleared of suspicion. She was carrying her cigarettes with her at the time she went missing.

Searchers found some mysterious notes while looking for Thomas. The notes alluded to a body which was supposedly behind the Mountain Fresh Supermarket in Pike’s Creek, Pennsylvania. Police looked in that location but found nothing. The supermarket is only about a tenth of a mile from the Pump-N-Pantry where Thomas worked.

Investigators searched the home of Steven Allan Martin, a friend of Rudaski’s, for evidence relating to Thomas’s disappearance. They would not say what, if anything, that they found. Martin claims he called the Rudaski/Thomas residence shortly after 11:30 p.m. on February 11 and spoke to Thomas. He says he asked to speak to Rudaski and she told him he was sleeping. This would corroborate Rudaski’s version of events.

Curiously, Martin is connected to the case of another missing young woman from Lake Township. He is the last person known to have seen Jennifer Barziloski, his girlfriend’s eighteen-year-old sister, before she disappeared from Edwardsville, Pennsylvania in 2001. Shortly after she vanished, her friend, Phylicia Thomas, told her mother that she believed she knew what happened to her and that she knew who was responsible. Then, in 2004, Phylicia herself vanished without a trace. Then, in April 2010, Jennifer’s skull was located in Hunlock Township. No other remains were uncovered. The cause of death is undetermined but her family believes she met with foul play. Her and Phylicia’s cases remain unsolved. Some media accounts suggested that Thomas and Barziloski’s cases were connected, but authorities have found nothing to support this hypothesis beyond the fact that the two women were friends and Martin was the last person known to have contact with them. He is, however, considered a person of interest in both cases.

One of Martin’s associates was Hugo Selenski, who was charged with several counts of murder after human remains were found in his backyard. Selenski confessed to several killings, including the murder of Hyun Jong Song, a college student who disappeared from State College, Pennsylvania in 2001 and was never found. Selenski was never charged in Song’s case and investigators are uncertain as to whether his confession in her case was accurate. He was acquitted of the murder charges against him but convicted of abuse of a corpse. Selenski has not been linked to Thomas or Barziloski, but he was known to be a friend of Martin’s.

Martin was involved in a police chase in December 2004 which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. He was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison as a result. In August 2005, a month after arriving at the prison, he hung himself in his cell. Prison staff cut him down and he was taken to the hospital, where he died. He maintained his innocence in Thomas and Barziloski’s cases until the end.

Thomas’s case is still under investigation. Police suspect foul play was involved in her disappearance. There have been rumors about what happened the night Phylicia went missing. Witnesses remember seeing her at a party that night in the company of Martin and her boyfriend Ed Rudaski. The witness claim that Martin, Rudaski and others took an intoxicated Phylicia to a bedroom. One of them was carrying a hand held camera. Screams were subsequently heard and Phylicia disappeared that evening.

Of course, these are rumors mostly but if there is any truth to them, then there is obviously more than one person that night who knew what happened to Phylicia and if Rudaski was in fact at this party this means he lied to police about his where abouts that evening.

Look, someone out there knows what happened to Phylicia and that person or persons need to come forward and finally give some much needed peace and closure to her friends and family members.

Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case,

please contact: Pennsylvania State Police 570-697-2000



After talking to Phylicia’s family and their friend Judy I was advised that Phylicia didn’t go missing from her home. She disappeared from a party that was at an unknown location. She left the party with Steve Martin and an unknown male. I will update this with a follow up podcast episode.

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