A possible amnesia victim has been sighted more than 100 times.

Patricia Meehan

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 11/1/51
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 117 lbs.
Eyes: Green/gray
Hair: Strawberry blonde
Defining Characteristics: Freckles, fair complexion
Remarks: Last seen 4/20/89

CASE DETAILS

She caused a car accident

On April 20, 1989, on a dark country road near Circle, Montana, a woman driving on the wrong side of the road almost hit a car head-on. Another driver, Carol Heitz, witnessed the near miss, and then was hit by the same car. Carol emerged from the wreckage dazed, but not seriously injured. Then a woman appeared out of the darkness.   Carol realized it was the woman who hit her:

“She just stared. She never said anything, she just stared at me. I will never forget her.”

The driver of the first car, Peggy Bueller, returned to help and saw the silent woman:

“As I looked out across the accident, I noticed someone on the other side of the fence, standing there like a spectator, not like it had happened to her.”

The silent woman walked away from the accident scene and vanished into the night.   Police traced the car to its owner, 38-year-old Patricia Meehan, and began to search for her. Over the next five days, they looked on land and from the air, but found no trace of Patricia.

She may have amnesia and may be lost

There were two theories as to how Patricia left the area. She may have stowed away on a hay truck that was seen about half a mile from the accident. Or, she simply hitched a ride.

At least one hundred people have reported seeing Patricia Meehan since she vanished.   Patricia has made no attempt to contact her family or friends. Authorities believe she may be suffering from amnesia.

Just before the accident, those who knew her well, including her mother, Dolly Meehan, noticed that Patricia seemed depressed and withdrawn:

“She was, I guess, taking in her own life, what had she accomplished. I think she missed having children because I think she realized she really loved them.”

After Patricia disappeared, her family found a roll of undeveloped film still in her camera. It contained a haunting self-portrait. Psychologist Don La Plante speculated on Patricia’s mental health:

“It appears that Patricia was experiencing a very difficult time in her life and was involved in a rather dramatic accident, which may have involved a head injury. The combination of these factors may have caused amnesia. She does not know who she is, has lost memories of the past, and is out searching for herself throughout the country.”

Patricia has been spotted at several truck stops

Patricia was spotted dozens of times between Montana and Seattle, mainly at truck stops.   But in every case, she had hitchhiked out of the area by the time authorities arrived.

Waitress Barb Ruff confirmed one sighting of Patricia in Bozeman, Montana, in May of 1989, just a few miles from her home:

“Patty came in the door and wanted to be sat quickly and served quickly. She told me, ‘I’m in a hurry.’ And I said, ‘Well, we do breakfast in 10 minutes. You’ll be out very quickly.’ And then I said to her, ‘You must have to be back to work at nine?’   It was about 8:30. She said, ‘No, I’m just going shopping.’ I couldn’t understand why it was so important for her to be there right at 9 o’clock to go shopping. She was in such a huge hurry.”

Another waitress, Brenda Clements, also noticed that Patricia was acting strangely:

“What stood out in my mind was that she seemed really disorientated, and really spacey. I heard her talking to herself.   She sat at that table for an hour and a half more just looking out the window, watching people walk by.   That’s when I walked up to her and asked her, ‘You okay?’ I was wondering if there was anything I could do, because she seemed so lost.   I felt like she didn’t know where she was or who she was.”

Although years have passed with no word from Patricia, her father and the rest of her family still hold out hope that she may one day find her way home:

“More than anything else in the world, I want her back with us. And we would then know that she was safe. Not knowing who she is taking a ride from, that’s my biggest worry. I just pray day in and day out that she’s with some good people.”


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season two with Robert Stack and in season six with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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40 Comments

  1. Nicole

    She looks really familiar, like I have seen her somewhere but im not entirely sure. I watched her case numerous times.

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    • Sarie

      I get that same feeling every time I re-read about Patricia or when I try to find out if there are any updates. My husband and I were just watching Forensic Files and a women that looks eerily similar to Patricia was being interviewed. My husband said [In re: the women on TV; also not saying the lady was Patricia, just looks so similar], “She looks really familiar, as if I’ve talked to her before.” I looked up and saw the lady he was referring to and said that she looks just like Patricia Meehan so I pulled her case up on here to show him. Then I saw your comment. Patricia seems to have that kind of face that is so familiar, even if you’d never seen or spoken to her before.

      I think what happened is she was concussed and ran off into the wilderness. From there, she likely succumbed to the elements but I always am hoping she made her way somewhere, is still alive but totally confused. Sadly, I believe retrograde amnesia is temporary, therefore, after all this time, if she were alive, she’d likely have gained some memory back, even without medical treatment.

      I do remember a few years back that someone had possibly found her on facebook and the person did really look similar but I don’t know. I know she had the “strange behavior” before her disappearance but I didn’t really think any of it was strange or indicated that she should be running ti start anew. I explained to my husband if I ever go missing, they will not even bother to look for me. I have severe PTSD from deployment followed by a decade of heroin use (over five years clean now!) and if I want to go shopping at nine, I’d like to eat breakfast quick, too. So I hate to think they’d basically say I ran off or killed myself or relapsed and wouldn’t even bother looking for me. I’ve always told him if I ever felt the need to go missing, he would know.

      I hope Patricia is found. Sorry for this long comment.

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  2. Curtis Rowe

    I too, saw her in Butte many many years ago. It was at Pork Chop John’s on Harrison Ave.

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  3. Anonymous

    I was in a Butte, MT bar one evening. Ive forgotten which one but its likely the bar was on the hill since its where I hung out at the time. I met or was approached by a woman matching her description. She spoke of Sidney, MT. I remembered a woman was missing from that area. I attempted to get more info including her name but her speech was disorganized and soft. She did not appear to be intoxicated. It was during this encounter I kept a cigarette lighter she gave me. I wanted to get some fingerprints from her so I handled the lighter with care. I called Butte police from a payphone located in the bar and informed them of my situation but was told by whoever answered the phone that there was nothing they could do. I still remember this and I was almost positive this was her.

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    • Sarie

      Do you still have the lighter? You could contact NAMUS to see if they can help. Here is her NAMUS page but it says fingerprints aren’t on file but its not always accurate and they may be able to get your local police to actually care. This is good looking out on your part.

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  4. Anonymous

    I recognise Patricia Meehan, from tonight’s airing of Unsolved mysteries I went from Yakima Wa. over to Ogden Utah, to meet my brother in law for the first time who was a Christian when my wife Tamar and I arrived in Ogden my meeting Tim Tamars brother must have made quite an impression 4 days later my wife left me and my Ford Lightining blew up after Tamars Uncle Buck who was employed through the City of Ogden as a mechanic had borrowed my Ford. Tim didnt let me stay there So having no place to go didnt know a soul. Thanks to & Robin OBrien who worked at Hill Airforce Base lazar sighting Xray missiles had taken me in after being at the Truck stop for so long I had been working at Labor Ready thanks to the kindness of Angela Silkwood and while I was staying in a Truck Stop for over 40 plus days met Patricia through a Truck driver named the Tin man She hung out with me daily I would buy her lunch and dinners at the stop I about fell out after seeing her tonight on Unsolved could never forget her she was a reay beautiful girl I worried about her the That Stop had alot of Riffrat driver’s frequenting through there! I got the impression she didnt want me to be worried but it came easily for me and get honestly from both parents!

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    • RISSSS

      No one needs to know any of that other useless rambling you wrote before you say you saw this woman. You need to contact the proper authorities. Hopefully they can understand you. Leave all that other nonsense out. No one needs to hear YOUR sob story. This poor woman is lost and no one cares about your wife and your brother-in-law.

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    • Jeff Geoff

      Dude, what are you talking about??? You’ve made no sense! Care to revise you epic (in duration) statement?

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  5. Anonymous

    Yes, she has living relatives in the Pittsburgh area. I looked up December Davis on Facebook and that girl looks too young to be her. She would be in her 60’s now

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  6. Anonymous

    I found the same things, with so much time passed, someone needs to come forward!!!

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  7. a guy

    She may be a homeless person in El Centro CA.

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  8. robert lee

    do you have any more pictures of her and is there a reward

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  9. Jessica Beck

    I think an above commenter is on to something. They stated a Facebook page by the name of “Pat Meehan” looks just like her, just older and with short gray hair now. Naturally curious, I looked it up on Facebook and the woman looks similar, but also posted a picture saying she took it on the way to Pennsylvania. Patty’s family lives in PA.

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  10. sarah

    This is so simple…. But there is a lady living in south philadelphia by the same name who looks just like the picture of the real Patricia, but older.

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  11. MICHEL KERSHNER

    Any updates/sightings ? I grew up with the Meehans, lived directly across my back street on Tybee in Pittsburgh, great family. (Party babysat me a couple times). I’ve been a cop for 22yrs and am constantly poking around within our ranks but come up empty. You (public) have better opportunity to see her out & about & report your sighting…. Please do so, I’d love to see her family reunited with her.

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  12. bob haller

    I grew up as pattys neighbor. her parents were nice people. sadly they have both died now. I am friends with her family. her brothers and sisters are still alive. her sister runs a hair salon very close to her family home. pattys youngest brother owns the family home. tom meehan pattys dad was a awesome person.

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    • Brian

      My mother was best friends with her growing up. I remember patty coming to visit our family in Colorado. She was so nice. Please let me know if you hear anything. I know my mother has always kept patty in her thoughts.

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    • Christine Paulis hisington

      My mother and Dolly Meehan were first cousins. I knew Patty when I was little, she loved horses. I remember her old house off West Carson Street in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where we both were born.

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  13. BroGuy

    Maybe the woman who was driving her car killed her and stole her car, and was on drugs and she ran into the woods to not get caught.

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  14. Moe

    I think some people come on here playing games. This is serious people not a joke.

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  15. Stacey shannon

    Pat meehan on facebook. Looks similar. Short grey hair, and her eyes! Something about her eyes.

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    • Patricia Widener

      There is a young lady who was found near our home in the late 80.s deceased the local sheriff office had tried many time to identify her she had long strawberry braid hair was 5″3″ and had freckles. dna says she was from seattle Montana area was wearing a tan leather jacketPLEASE CONTACT MIAMI CO. SHERIFF OFFICE TROY,OH IF YOU THINK IT MIGHT BE HER

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    • Bryan

      There are a lot of Pat Meehans

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  16. December Davis

    Hi all. IT appears i am the subject of a missing person theory. I agree we have similar features but i am not patricia meehan. i was born in 1965 to kathleen and walt dorough.

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    • Fox Mulder

      You looked too young to be her anyways. Interesting theory. I think what threw people off was you have Meehans in your friends list. (Which is your business not ours. Not trying to be creepy or anything lol) You do have very similar features.

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  17. just curios

    This lady favors her SO MUCH! yes it states different eye color (but they could change stranger things have happened) and both are said to have suffered from amnesia!
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/officials-search-amnesiac-womans-family-tumor-left-memory/story?id=32127872

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  18. UM

    We really shouldn’t trust people who aren’t really public officials and post mismatching suspicious messages

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    • Funknut From Reddit /r/UnresolvedMysteries

      Are you referring to Janet Franson? Although she’s no longer a cop, she *really is* a public official who works in public healthcare at UNT Center for Human Identification. She’s a retired homicide investigator of 21 years and continues to work in a public function at the only academic center with access to the FBI’s next-generation CODIS 6.0 DNA matching system. Presumably she’s only interested in identifying possible matches.

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  19. Anon

  20. janet franson - Univ. N. Texas

    I have worked Patricia’s case. She is in NamUs= Nat. missing/unidentified person system. Anyone who would contact with information is asked to email jane.franson@unthsc.edu

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    • Beth

      I was just checking to make sure the email you posted was typed correctly. Says your name is Janet, but the email says Jane. Just didn’t want someone trying to contact you and it not going through due to a typo 🙂

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    • nmg

      Have you looked into the lady in California going by the name “sam” both said to have suffered from amnesia.

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  21. Anonymous

    I think I know her did you call the police

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  22. yb

    Does anyone know if she has living relatives? It’s been such a long time.

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  23. drae

    Please please contact police in bozeman montana. I live in missoula, mt, and still remember this case. Her family deserves to know if she is safe.

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  24. Nicole2580

    And I found a December Davis in Phoenix in Facebook.

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  25. doesnt matter

    I think I know her.
    As far as I know she goes by december davis and lives off of 7thst and union hills drive.
    The reason I say so is cause she acts the same way and looks exactly the way this story is described.

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Please note that you can request, at any time, that we delete your Personal Data.  All requests must be directed to the contact in the “Contact Information” section below.  We can decide to delete your Personal Data if we believe that the data is incomplete, inaccurate, or that our continued use and storage are contrary to our obligations to other members, individuals, or third parties.  When we delete your Personal Data, it will be removed from our active databases or anonymized so that the data is no longer identified with you, but the data may remain in our archives if CMP determines that it is not practical or possible to delete it.

Your Personal Data is processed in the United States, where privacy laws may be less stringent than the laws in your country and where the government, courts, or law enforcement may be able to access your data.  By submitting your Personal Data to us, you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data in the United States.

You, as the data subject, have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data does not comply with legal requirements.

In the event we determine the occurrence of a data security incident, we will notify you by email, US mail, telephone, or other means as permitted by law.

If you have questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices or if you wish to change, access, or remove your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated below.  We will attempt, where practical, to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy related information.

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.