Flashback Friday: Louis Balas

This week’s Flashback Friday post is for Louis Balas and Betty Balas. A married couple in their mid-seventies, they vanished from their Los Angeles home over thirty years ago. Betty doesn’t have her own Charley Project page because I don’t have any photos of her.

It’s all pretty mysterious. Louis and Betty were just GONE, leaving the TV on, a bathtub full of water, and the front door open. No signs of a struggle. The only thing that went missing with them was their car, and that turned up the next day.

The only possible clue is that Louis was abducted and robbed two years before he went missing, and he vanished the day before he was supposed to testify against the person accused of doing it. That’s just way too convenient and it seems highly likely that the testimony and the Balas’s disappearances are related, but that’s hardly evidence to prosecute anyone on.

Other than that I’ve got nothing on them. I couldn’t find much of interest when I went looking for more info about the case just now, other than the Doe Network’s notation that Louis had a heart condition and, inevitably, left his medicine behind.

I don’t know if anyone is even looking for Louis and Betty Balas anymore. I don’t know if they had children or grandchildren. If they did, they might have great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren by now, and maybe those descendants don’t even know about this disappearance. After 33 years and counting, I don’t have a lot of hope that this case can be solved.