I updated Winifred Long‘s case today with info I snagged from a newspaper archive. The new information is pretty significant, I think.
The only obvious theory that presents itself here is that her husband killed her. I’m not saying that because I believe it — I believe nothing. I only think it would just be the simplest explanation.
Yet there is a problem with that: Mr. Long (his first name was Alvin, btw) was a war veteran and lost both of his legs to a grenade blast. His arms and hands worked just fine, well enough for him to make a living as a carpenter, so he could still have killed his wife. But I don’t think it would have been possible for him to dispose of the body so thoroughly without help.
And who knows, it could very well have NOT been him at all. Over a million couples get divorced per year; very few of those divorces result in murder. Perhaps Winifred met a random predator at the bus stop; perhaps he offered her a ride home in his car and that’s why she didn’t buy a ticket.
What I would REALLY like to know is this: did the police test-drive Winifred’s car? And if they did, did the car in fact have a faulty transmission?
Its always *possible* something else happend to her and that’s why the husband gets away with it so often. Was she really a clerk typist at the Safeway supermarket or was she a checkout clerk?
Another interesting case…..
Did a Google on her, and clicked on another ‘missing persons’ forum (didn’t notice which one), and one of the comments was that she “…was last SEEN at the (? town) Greyhound Bus Station.” Were there any independent witnesses to her being at the bus station, or is this just someone making assumptions based on the estranged husband’s statement? Also. has the roommate been ruled out as a suspect?
Seems that on these very old cases, it would be beneficial for the public to get most of the investigation details. Perhaps others may have some clues that fit.
For what it’s worth, the roommate was a woman. The article referred to her by her husband’s name (you know, like “Mrs. John Smith”; I just forgot the actual name and am too lazy to look it up) but it didn’t say if the husband was also living with them.
I was wondering that about the car really being broken. I bet I’ve read dozens of these older missing women’s cases who were last seen by their husbands or boyfriends. Did the police back then never think it could be foul play by way of husband? Investigate a little? Look for blood splatter? I’m probably answering my own question. No, no and no.
Domestic violence is not new — I’ve been reading a lot of historical true crime this year and there are so many instances of men murdering their partners. If I were to guess, I’d say the police did investigate Mr. Long and did their best to solve the case with what they had to work with, which wasn’t much. But I really don’t know.
If Long was about the same age as his wife, or he’d be in his eighties by now. Possibly he died years ago.
He died at 89 years old in 2016 from old age related heart attack. His oldest son Keith is alive and well living in CA. His younger baby died of cancer in his 30s.
Thank you for this webpage. Winifred (Winni) was my aunt. I’d love to see this cold case solved. I sent a message to Yuba County Sheriff’s office to ask if they could take one last look at this case since my family is getting on in years. All leads seem to point to the estranged husband, who I think is still alive.
Thanks again for this great website,
Glen, searching ancestry.com, I think that I’ve found record of Alvin Long’s death/burial – https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=158241249&ref=acom. Was Winifred’s maiden name Connett?
Yes, Thank you so much. I haven’t been on here in awhile. That is indeed her estranged spouse. Too bad there was no deathbed confession or something. Who knows, he may innocent, the world will never know.
He died in 2016, hey Glen this is Vanessa. Keiths sister.
Hi Vanessa! Sorry, I haven’t been on here in forever. I still occasionally look on here to see if there is anything new. I hope that you and Keith are doing well!
Thank you for never giving up on her, my father Alvin Long had an obsession with mixing cement and I would not be surprised if her body is hidden under some piece of cement still at the Arbalette Castle Ranch on the 320 acre plot they lived on.
I forgot to mention before that the car worked just fine and it became the family car for my dad and brothers for the next 15 years or so. So yes the car worked just fine.