Make-a-List Monday: Models

This list is of people who were models, or aspiring models, or former models.

Lynn Ruth Connes
Rosario Teresa Gonzales
Lourdes Maria Gruart
Elizabeth Ann Kenyon
Tammy Lynn Leppert
Katya Marie Lyne
Kara Nancy Nichols
Kinsey Maxfield Otto*
Colleen Elizabeth Perris
Mary Ann White
Elsa Janell Wind
Hannah Marie Zaccaglini

*A man, the only one.

13 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Models

  1. Mion August 4, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Katya Lyne’s story is so strange.

    She runs away and her dad kills himself four days later? And LE thinks she came back, saw the body, and ran away again? And she hasn’t tried to contact any friends or family in the 17 years she’s been missing? None of that makes sense. I’ve never heard of a parent killing themselves four days after their kid runs away *if* they believe it’s simply a runaway case.

    It sounds like she met with foul play, either at her father’s hands or at the hands of someone else.

    • Meaghan August 4, 2014 / 11:04 am

      It is very odd, I agree.

  2. NH August 4, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Could any of these be related to:

    Investigators are trying to determine if some of the people in the pictures were victims of Rodney Alcala, 66, who was convicted in February of murdering a child and four women between November 1977 and June 1979.

  3. NH August 4, 2014 / 11:52 pm


      • Kat August 5, 2014 / 8:51 pm

        Maybe the picture number.

  4. vintage81 August 5, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    My first thought with Lynn Ruth Connes was Rodney Alcala. His name sends a chill up my spine.

  5. CarlK90245 August 8, 2014 / 3:29 am

    Sharon Harrer was also an aspiring model, and had a portfolio of professional photos. Unfortunately, none of them have been made available, and all we have is the grainy one that is on her Charley and NamUs pages.

  6. Pamela August 8, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Bridget Pendell-Williamson was a former modelling student.

  7. Diane August 11, 2014 / 3:39 am

    Elsa Janell Wind!! She’s the one who was fooling herself over the thoughts of becoming a model! Every one of the other people on the list either had the look, the drive, or a combination of the two necessary to make it in the world of modeling. This chick was probably just running her mouth off about becoming a model when she grew up because she had absolutely no grounding in reality. Or so my impression’s always been since I first found out about her. Sorry if this comes across as cruel, but I simply do not believe that by uttering that you wish to become something when you “grow up” automatically equals actually working toward that goal, else a lot of little girls will be in desperate need of finishing school and eligible royal bachelors.

    (BTW, nice to see that Mary Ann White didn’t exactly have a sylph-like figure yet had the looks to actually make modeling work for her. She’s an excellent example of the point you made the last time we had this kind of conversation.)

    • Meaghan August 11, 2014 / 10:23 am

      Yeah, she was a bit of a stretch, but I decided to put her up anyway.

  8. Melinda February 18, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I think Diane’s comment is a bit rude, with all due respect…Elsa was just a kid and many girls dream of being models or actresses when they grow up.
    To imply that it was wrong of her to even think about it is unkind. She was tall and thin, which models tend to be. And she was cute in a very natural “girl next door” way that would photograph well in teen magazines.

    We have to remember that she was a little girl with a troubled home life. To state that she had “absolutely no grounding in reality”…how would you know this? Did you know her personally?
    She was only 13 when she disappeared; not many people are mature or grounded at that age. There is nothing wrong with having big dreams, even if you feel that a person doesn’t have what it takes to achieve those dreams.

  9. Melinda February 18, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    As to some of the other people on this list, three of them stood out to me.

    Rosario Gonzalez…most likely a victim of Christopher Wilder; Lord knows what he did with her body. This happened in Miami where I’m from. My mother was actually at the Grand Prix and saw her talking to a man that fit Wilder’s description before she disappeared.

    Elizabeth Kenyon…the same is possibly true in her case, could also be another of Wilder’s victims that has never been found.

    Tammy Leppert…I find this to be one of the most bizarre cases of these missing “models”. It’s funny because I was passing through the Rockledge/Cocoa Beach area recently and trying to picture what it was like the day she disappeared in 1983.
    Some people have wondered if maybe Wilder was in the area at the time and could have been behind her disappearance, but I have a feeling that he wasn’t responsible for this one. Tammy’s case is truly a mystery because there are so many possible theories, including the latest theory that she could even still be alive somewhere (which I doubt, but you never know!)

    I just realized that these 3 cases all happened here in Florida…weird.

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