Episode 28: Lyle Stevik

August 28, 2017

On September 17th, 2001, police were called to a suicide at the Lake Quinault Hotel in Amanda Park, Washington. The man, who had checked into the hotel with the name Lyle Stevik, had hanged himself. Police assumed an open and shut case. But Lyle was a fake name, and since his death, no missing persons case has matched him, and no family has come forward to claim him, and his true identity remains unknown.

For today’s episode, we speak with Detective Brad Johannsen and Lyndsay Sawler, who is a moderator on a subreddit dedicated to Lyle’s lost identity, reddit.com/r/lylestevik. 

If you have any information, please contact Det. Brad Johanssen with the Greys Harbor Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-6070.

We reference a lot of online materials in th is episode, some of which are post mortem pictures of Lyle. View at your own risk.

Google Doc: Case Overview

Warning: contains photos of a deceased person. May be distressing.

Imgur Photo Album

If the above link doesn’t work, try our Google doc here

Jordan’s Photos of 1019 S. Progress Ave, Meridian, Idaho.

Back of the hotel parking lot, looking at I-84.

Some of the businesses around the hotel.

The Best Western hotel.

S. Progress Ave.

Picture Lyndsay refers to from the Chimera Circus.

The Circus Chimera photo that Lyndsay talks about in the episode. She believed that the man in the striped shirt was Lyle.


  1. Pam says:

    It’s too bad that they didn’t take his saliva. I guarantee that between 23andme and Ancestry, you would find a relative. At least a second cousin.

  2. Lenny says:

    The guy in the striped shirt? Not the dead ringer in the black hoodie on the right?

    1. thinairpodcast says:

      Hi Lenny,
      I thought the same thing! There’s several people that could be him in that photo. -Jordan

  3. Katiebear says:

    Im enjoying this podcast. Been following lyles case for a while.

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