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.

14 thoughts on “In recent missing person news

  1. Wendy April 10, 2010 / 1:41 pm

    This is all very interesting. I looked at Mike Bradbury’s book on Amazon. Interestingly, one of the commenters who gave a 5-star says:

    “Laura Ann Bradbury was the first kidnapped child to appear on the Milk Carton, Grocery Bag and at Bus Stops across the nation due to her parents perseverance of getting the word out there about her disappearance and getting the media involved to assist in the search.”

    Is that true? I thought it was Etan Patz or someone like that. It makes me wonder if the commenter made it up, or if that’s a claim that Mr. Bradbury makes in his book. Not that it matters much, it’s still a tragic story.

    • Meaghan April 10, 2010 / 3:16 pm

      I’ve heard various claims about who was the first milk carton kid. I’m not sure anyone really knows for sure.

  2. Bill April 10, 2010 / 10:38 pm

    I thought it was Etan Patz too. That’s what I read. But I also read about two different Ambers being the kid Amber Alerts are named after.

    • Wendy April 11, 2010 / 12:46 am

      Bill, that one I am positive about, because I live very near where Amber Hagerman was kidnapped. It was all over the news for months, she was abducted in broad daylight in front of witnesses. Had the Amber Alert named after her been in effect at the time, she might have been found. Amber Alerts were implemented locally here in north Texas long before the rest of the nation picked it up.

      I remember where I was the very first time I heard one–it scared the bejeebers out of me. I was in a Michael’s craft store and sirens similar to tornado sirens came on, then a loudspeaker announcement was made. I don’t know if they still do the sirens or not, it seems less dramatic these days but maybe it’s because I’ve gotten used to them.

  3. Kat April 11, 2010 / 12:03 pm

    I think that’s why the siren thing is on its way out, people are just too used to it. I thought it was Etan too, but it’s hard telling. As for the Amber alert, just look at the banner on this site, there is no universal warning, there are different ones in different states and all, sort of like “Kleenex”, you know? Everything falls under Amber Alert, but hey, at least people are paying attention and helping get these kids home where they belong!

  4. jaime April 11, 2010 / 12:19 pm

    Did you guys hear Timmy White, the boy rescued by Steven Stayner had died at age 35. Apparently from a pulmonary ebolism.

    • Meaghan April 11, 2010 / 5:00 pm

      That’s terrible. His poor family! Steven died young too — motorcycle crash, age 24.

  5. Bill April 11, 2010 / 7:09 pm

    Thank you, Wendy!
    Your information is very helpful to me.
    The other Amber I’ve read about is Amber Swartz-Garcia, age 7, abducted August 1980 in Pinole, California. Her body was never found.
    I believe you are correct.

    • Meaghan April 11, 2010 / 7:10 pm

      Amber Swartz wouldn’t have qualified for an Amber Alert. No one saw or heard anything; she was gone. No suspect or vehicle information, not even really any hard evidence that she was kidnapped, until the passage of time made it obvious.

  6. Bill April 11, 2010 / 7:51 pm

    Thank you, Meaghan!
    You have more credibility with me than the article I’ve read, which stated that Amber Swartz was seen abducted in a car matching the description of the car of Phillip Garrido, later found at his home, which also matches that of the car in which Michaela Garecht was carried off in.

    After the arrest of “Creepo” Garrido last summer, scores of articles were popping up all over the place, attempting to connect Garrido with many other missing children cases in that area of California that are yet unsolved. Perhaps someone went overboard on it. I’ll check it out.

    • forthelost April 11, 2010 / 8:51 pm

      My sister always said she suspected Dugard’s case was connected to Garecht’s, Amber’s, and Campbell’s. She also said she thought Ilene Michelhof wasn’t connected.

  7. Bill April 12, 2010 / 11:21 pm

    Before Garrido and the Jaycee Dugard case, it was Timothy Binder who was the prime suspect in all of those cases, but I think Meaghan covered that pretty well.

    • forthelost April 15, 2010 / 1:23 am

      My sister also insisted he wasn’t involved. Since her theory about Jaycee was actually right I’ll consider that as being true.

  8. Kat April 15, 2010 / 2:17 am

    Sorry, dude was/is still creepy. And I do think it was the Amber H. from Texas that got the Alert thing going, there was even movie on Lifetime plus on E 20 most shocking crimes or something I saw her mom talking about it, they went to dc and had it instated and a usps stamp and all…..I wonder what happened to the rest of those girls.

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