In recent missing person news

Authorities have determined that Lisa Mowrey, whom I wrote about earlier, died of “homicidal violence” including head trauma. I can’t say I’m surprised. It seemed pretty unlikely that Lisa, who was only eighteen and healthy, could have died and wound up where they found her by any other way.

They have found the remains of seventeen-year-old Angie Lynn Daley, who’d been missing from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania since 1995. She was a chronic runaway and as a result she wasn’t reported missing for two weeks. Angie’s skeleton was found under unusual circumstances: Jeffrey Eldon Miles, who had been arrested in the case of another missing woman, Kristy Dawn Hoke, lead the cops to Hoke’s body in a wooded area on the morning of April 7. That afternoon, the police found Angie in the same wooded area. She died of head trauma. They are not publicly linking Miles to Angie’s death, though it seems like a hell of a coincidence if he didn’t do it. This article says Hoke’s cause of death was different than Angie’s; she’d been stabbed in the neck and torso.

After quite a long time with little progress reported, the police finally have some leads in the disappearance of seventeen-year-old Brittanee Drexel, who went missing on April 25 last year. She’d sneaked away from her home in New York to party with friends in South Carolina for spring break, and vanished off the face of the earth. Authorities have announced they have three or four persons of interest in Brittanee’s disappearance, people from the area. They don’t believe she’s still alive.

The newspaper the Desert Trail has done an article about three-year-old Laura Bradbury, whom they describe as a “missing child,” although the police say otherwise. Her father has a website about the case and also self-published a book about it. Basically, her family was camping at Joshua Tree National Park in the desert of southern California when Laura, who was three, vanished. This was in 1984. In 1986, some hikers found a skull in the park that they think is Laura’s. Her father thinks otherwise and, if what he says is true, he actually has reason to be suspicious and isn’t just in denial about his daughter’s death. No death certificate has been issued for Laura, and as a result her father cannot claim her remains. He says a current photograph of the skull is not the same skull he was shown in 1986, and also that only one of four DNA tests on the skull matched Laura’s mother’s blood. For me, I think the skull probably is Laura’s and I’m not going to list her on Charley, but it seems the police investigation has had a lot of screwups over the years.

Interview with Florida reporter

A Florida newspaper reporter interviewed me by phone today. She was doing an article about Lisa Mowrey, and in general why some people get a lot of attention when they disappear and some people do not. She was very nice and I think she might quote me or something. She took pains to make sure she had my name spelled correctly (I always appreciate such efforts). I sent her a previous blog entry I wrote on the subject of missing people and media attention.

This has thus far been the highlight of a rather crappy day. I was violently sick earlier. I have hypoglycemia, which usually isn’t a problem, but I often forget to eat for long periods and I sure paid for it today. Groan. My fault.

Lisa Mowrey found dead

Eighteen-year-old Lisa Anne Mowrey, a cosmetology student, disappeared on her way to class in Tampa, Florida on February 6, 2004. Well, last week her skeletal remains were found along Interstate 75 in Florida. The bones were identified today. There’s no indication of a cause of death or foul play or anything at this point; they may never know what happened. A salon smock was found with the remains. Lisa was wearing one the day she disappeared; she probably died within a short time after that.

She was probably the victim of a homicide, simply because she was only eighteen and didn’t have any medical conditions that would cause her to drop to dead. It may be worth noting that she was mentally ill: she had ADD, bipolar disorder and OCD, but those conditions were being controlled with medication.


The Northeast News and Tribune
The Miami Herald
The St. Petersburg Times
ABC Action News