Flashback Friday: The Houghland Family

I promise I will TRY very hard to get my “weekly features” obligations actually met this weekend. (Any suggestions for Sunday?) This week’s Flashback Friday case is actually three cases: Norma Louise Houghland, a 27-year-old mother, and her two sons, 8-year-old Richard Allen Houghland and 6-year-old Thomas James Houghland. They vanished from Sacramento, California on July 15, 1978, but because Norma was divorced and her ex-husband, the boys’ father, lived out of state, no one realized they were missing for a week.

Given the condition of the family’s apartment — uncashed welfare check left behind, nothing missing, dishes in the sink — it seems unlikely they left on their own. Given the fact that Norma’s car has never been found, I think the most probable explanation for this triple disappearance is an automobile accident. Norma and the boys may be in a ravine or at the bottom of a cliff somewhere, or more likely in a lake or river.

6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: The Houghland Family

  1. Mia July 28, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Denise Pflum is my Select It Sunday suggestion. There is a lot of speculation about what happened to her and everyone claims to know someone who knows someone who confessed. It’s a pretty strange case.

  2. Mike July 29, 2017 / 1:08 am

    May I suggest two cases: Roger John Ellison, CO who walked away from his locker at his high school and was never seen again, of Michael Jefferson Adams who came home from work, sister saw him talking to someone in a car and was never seen again.

  3. Ivana July 29, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Meaghan, what is the case on Charley that received most page views in the history of website, if you have that info? Thanks

  4. Catherine July 29, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    No suggestions but I feel the need to tell people here about a podcast. Possibly old news. But it is called Missing by Tim Weaver. Very interesting. I’ve mentioned it before but also if you haven’t listened to Someone Knows Something, look it up.

  5. Justin July 30, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    For Select it Sunday: Earl Dunckel

  6. Andy Stout July 31, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    For a future Select-It Sunday, how about Johnny Lamar Brown?

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