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IDENTIFIED? – Candle Face Victim #25 and #26: Ghostly Correspondence

IDENTIFIED – Candle Face Victim #25 and #26: Ghostly Correspondence
CBS Austin

June 9, 2024


On June 4, 2024, a commenter responded to the April 17, 2024, Candle Face Victim # 25 and # 26: Ghostly Correspondence journal entry. The commenter believes that one of the victims described in the journal entry is her friend, Sonya Wallace, who was killed in February 1999. Here’s her comment:


A friend of mine sent me this article of yours. She said it sounded a lot like our friend Sonya Wallace. Sonya was last seen leaving a post office in Rockdale on February 19, 1999. She said she had to drop off a letter at the post office. No one knows who she was mailing a letter to. The news said her head was smashed in. Maybe this is farfetched, but if it was Sonya who visited you, please help her. Please find a way to help her escape Candle Face. If you have any questions, please email me (I sent you my email address to your email address).


Could the spirit who visited me on April 17, 2024, have been Sonya Wallace? After researching her name, I found dozens of news reports about her disappearance and the subsequent discovery of her remains. These stories span over two and a half decades since her disappearance.


According to a CBS Austin article, Sonya Wallace was a 15-year-old from Rockdale, Texas, about 60 miles east of Austin. She disappeared on February 19, 1999, while walking from the post office, and her body was found three weeks later in a creek bed in east Williamson County. At the time, she was a student at Rockdale High School and had connections in Rockdale, Taylor, Elgin, and Austin.


The spirit’s April 17, 2024 testimony describes her encounter with Candle Face. She also mentions a series of exchanges with her pen pal from San Francisco, which turns dark when her pen pal becomes obsessed with the legend of Candle Face.


The lost soul mentions how her pen pal’s letters grew more frantic and fear-laden. The pen pal, consumed by fear and the supernatural, disappears, and the lost soul herself encounters Candle Face, leading to her death caused by a large rock to her head.


Here are some similarities between the spirit’s testimony and news reports about Sonya Wallace.


  • Similar Age and Background: Sonya Wallace was a 15-year-old high school student at the time of her disappearance. Given their high school references, the spirit’s testimony involves a young woman and her pen pal, both likely of similar age.

  • Disappearance and Discovery: Sonya Wallace disappeared while walking from the post office, and her body was found weeks later. The spirit’s testimony also mentions walking from the post office and disappearing afterward.

  • Geographical Connection: Sonya Wallace had connections in Rockdale, Taylor, Elgin, and north Austin, aligning with the lost soul’s description of moving through these areas and their connection to the legend of Candle Face, which is centered in the Austin area.

  • Paranormal Elements: The involvement of Candle Face in the spirit’s testimony aligns with the unexplained nature of Sonya Wallace’s disappearance and death, suggesting a paranormal cause.

  • Cause of Death: Both Sonya Wallace and the lost soul were killed by having their heads bludgeoned. Sonya Wallace’s head was bludgeoned, according to news reports, while the lost soul’s testimony describes a large rock being used to kill her.


Possible Contrasts:


  • Pen Pal’s Location: The lost soul’s testimony mentions a pen pal from San Francisco, which differs geographically from Sonya Wallace’s known connections in Texas.

  • Timeline and Additional Missing Persons: The spirit’s testimony doesn’t specify a timeline for the pen pal’s disappearance. Further investigation is needed to determine if a girl from San Francisco was missing from late January to mid-February 1999, which could provide additional context.

  • Communication Methods: The spirit’s testimony mentions not using Facebook or other social media platforms to communicate with her pen pal from San Francisco, relying instead on letters. This is interesting because Facebook went live for the general public in September 2006, six and a half years after Sonya Wallace went missing. This discrepancy raises the possibility that the spirit could be someone else who died similarly after Facebook started.


Based on the similarities in age, background, geographical connection, and the circumstances of the disappearance, it's plausible to suggest that Sonya Wallace could be the lost soul from Candle Face Victim # 25 and # 26: Ghostly Correspondence. However, the mention of Facebook and social media in the spirit’s testimony raises the possibility that this might be someone who died similarly after 2006. The parallels between the real case and the testimony point towards a deliberate or subconscious inclusion of Wallace’s story within the framework.


Recommendations:


Further investigation into the connections between the real-life case of Sonya Wallace and the spirit’s testimony is recommended. This could involve:


  • Investigating whether there was a missing girl from San Francisco from late January to mid-February 1999. This could provide further context and potential connections.

  • Investigating other potential victims in Central Texas who disappeared similarly after 2006 when Facebook became widely used.

 

Key To Understanding

To ensure readers grasp the full context and significance of this article, it’s crucial to be familiar with Arthur Mills’ award-winning memoir The Empty Lot Next Door, inspired by actual ghostly events in Austin, TX. The book provides essential background information, and without it, the nuances and depth of this article might not be fully appreciated. Therefore, reading The Empty Lot Next Door is highly recommended for a more enriched and coherent understanding of this article’s content and implications.


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