Flashback Friday: Paula Pope

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Paula Ann Pope, who disappeared nine days before her 19th birthday in 1972. Paula and her husband were staying at a California campground and she wanted to see a rock concert in Nevada and they got into an argument because he couldn’t go with her. (From what I recall, he couldn’t leave the state because he was on parole or probation or something, though I didn’t say that in the casefile.) Paula went stomping off and never returned.

It’s kind of up in the air what happened to her, I guess. Last seen talking to “motorcycle types.” I suppose it’s not inconceivable that she left on her own, but it seems unlikely, especially after all this time. It’ll have been 42 years in September. Paula would now be 61 years old.

2 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Paula Pope

  1. Peter Henderson Jr. May 3, 2015 / 4:40 am


    Were did you the information about Motorcycle types? I found a news article which list the campground as being at the Ice House Reservoir campground, Eldorado National Forest, near Fresh Pond, El Dorado County, California

    According to contemporary news reports Paula, a Sacramento native, hitchhiked to the concert safely and later that evening was given a ride by two Sacramentans, Terry Laber, and, Carol Cooper, part of the way home.

    Laber and Cooper said they tried to talk Paula into retuning to Sacramento but she insisted on returning to the campsite so they dropped her off at the Highway 50 entrance to Ice House Reservoir Road.

  2. Peter Henderson Jr. May 3, 2015 / 4:57 am

    The Concert Paula wanted to go to was called, ‘The First Annual Carson City Labor Day Music Festival” located at the T-Car Speedway, Highway 50, Carson City, Nevada. According to
    NamUs her husband, Steven L. Pope, could not go as he could not cross state lines because he was on probation.

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