Select It Sunday: Edyth Warner

Sharon M. emailed me and asked me to run Edyth Warner or her son Nicholas Smith for Select It Sunday. They both disappeared at the same time and since last week’s SIS was a male and I try to alternate genders each week, I’m going to do Edyth.

Edyth a student at New Mexico State University, studying art, when she and her son disappeared without a trace in 1991. (Sharon M. was also a student at NMSU at the same time, but didn’t personally know Edyth or her family.) Her focus was working with metal, in particular jewelry-making. She lived with Nicholas and her husband, Henry, and her other son in housing for married students. Nicholas was her son by a prior relationship; the younger boy was Henry and Edyth’s child.

Henry (more about him later) didn’t help by not reporting his wife and stepson’s disappearances for two weeks — he claims the NMSU police refused to accept a report sooner. Maybe they didn’t. That sounds depressingly believable to me. But if Edyth really did take $11,000 worth of cash and gold coins when she disappeared, the delay in reporting would be understandable.

That is, IF that’s what happened.

And there’s a lot of suspicion now about Edyth’s husband. They were in the process of a divorce in 1991, and after Edyth and Nicholas disappeared, Henry divorced Edyth in absentia and wouldn’t let Edyth’s parents have any contact with their other grandson. But there’s no hard evidence to implicate him that I know of.

Another indication that Edyth didn’t leave on her own: there were no requests for Nicholas’s school to forward his records on somewhere else. That’s pretty telling.

Edyth’s younger son would now be grown up. I hope he’s been in touch with his maternal grandparents by now.

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2 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Edyth Warner

  1. Peter Henderson Jr. June 13, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Meaghan,

    Interesting point from an October 30,1991 Los Angeles Times article ‘Missing and Not Accounted For: Disappearance: Edyth Ann Warner, 35, has not been seen since February.’

    “…The Deweeses last saw their daughter and grandson during a Christmas visit to Orange County last year, and they talked to her several times by phone in January and early February
    .
    But in early March, they said, when they called two nights in a row, their son-in-law told them that their daughter was either not home or out for a walk.

    When Randle Dewees called on the third night, (March 6th) Warner informed him that Edyth and Nicholas had not been home since Feb. 23.”

    Notice, he is contacted in March and says his wife is presumably fine; but not home or out taking a walk. Then later says he has not seen Edyth since February 23.

    Full article
    https://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-30/news/vw-653_1_edyth-ann-warner

  2. Zuni June 13, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    This is a case that requires only common sense to solve. The wife goes missing with HER son from a previous relationship but NOT with the child she has with her current man, although that child is younger and presumably would have been much more likely to be with the mother if she had met with an accident or decided to take off. Doesn’t take rocket science to figure this one out. Hubby got rid of the wife and stepkid making sure that his own child came to no harm.

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