Ran was traveling across the United States selling jewelry.
This is the last known image of Ran. He's in a Louisiana Wal-Mart with the hitchhiker he had picked up earlier.
Using the credit card as a tracker, Shimon and authorities set off for Key West -- and were able to slap the cuffs on the hitchhiker, Vernier.
Ran Mesika served three years in the Israeli army.
Shimon had given Ran a credit card, and called the company to track down where the last transaction was made, hoping to find out where Ran was. Instead, his worry intensified when he learned that Ran's credit cards had been maxed out.
Ran's father, Shimon, is not giving up hope on finding his son's body.
Police say the hitchhiker stole Ran's van and credit cards. An ATM surveillance camera in Miami captured this image of the hitchhiker using a stolen credit card.
Ran loved traveling and his family.
Police discovered the van Ran bought for his trip at a campground in the Keys. What they found inside the van led police to conclude Ran had been murdered.
We had John Walsh check out some of the evidence in the van-- these cleaning supplies are rare, and can only be found in specialty stores, especially Plexus. Cops believed Vernier used them in an attempt to scrub the van clean after Ran's murder. They wanted to find out where Vernier bought the supplies -- hoping it might have brought them closer to where he disposed of Ran's body.
Remember, Vernier traveled from Lake Charles, LA to Key West. Police wanted to know when he disposed of Ran's body-- and they thought they could narrow it down based on where he bought these rare cleaning supplies.
Police were also looking for a pad similar to this one. They thought Ran was probably killed on it and believed it was discarded along with the carpets in the van.