In recent missing person news

Authorities have determined that Lisa Mowrey, whom I wrote about earlier, died of “homicidal violence” including head trauma. I can’t say I’m surprised. It seemed pretty unlikely that Lisa, who was only eighteen and healthy, could have died and wound up where they found her by any other way.

They have found the remains of seventeen-year-old Angie Lynn Daley, who’d been missing from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania since 1995. She was a chronic runaway and as a result she wasn’t reported missing for two weeks. Angie’s skeleton was found under unusual circumstances: Jeffrey Eldon Miles, who had been arrested in the case of another missing woman, Kristy Dawn Hoke, lead the cops to Hoke’s body in a wooded area on the morning of April 7. That afternoon, the police found Angie in the same wooded area. She died of head trauma. They are not publicly linking Miles to Angie’s death, though it seems like a hell of a coincidence if he didn’t do it. This article says Hoke’s cause of death was different than Angie’s; she’d been stabbed in the neck and torso.

After quite a long time with little progress reported, the police finally have some leads in the disappearance of seventeen-year-old Brittanee Drexel, who went missing on April 25 last year. She’d sneaked away from her home in New York to party with friends in South Carolina for spring break, and vanished off the face of the earth. Authorities have announced they have three or four persons of interest in Brittanee’s disappearance, people from the area. They don’t believe she’s still alive.

The newspaper the Desert Trail has done an article about three-year-old Laura Bradbury, whom they describe as a “missing child,” although the police say otherwise. Her father has a website about the case and also self-published a book about it. Basically, her family was camping at Joshua Tree National Park in the desert of southern California when Laura, who was three, vanished. This was in 1984. In 1986, some hikers found a skull in the park that they think is Laura’s. Her father thinks otherwise and, if what he says is true, he actually has reason to be suspicious and isn’t just in denial about his daughter’s death. No death certificate has been issued for Laura, and as a result her father cannot claim her remains. He says a current photograph of the skull is not the same skull he was shown in 1986, and also that only one of four DNA tests on the skull matched Laura’s mother’s blood. For me, I think the skull probably is Laura’s and I’m not going to list her on Charley, but it seems the police investigation has had a lot of screwups over the years.