Donnie Payne

January 31, 2010 by  
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Missing since: 09/15/08
Missing from: Cleveland,Tennessee
Classification: Missing Endangered
Age at Disappearance: 74
Date Of Birth: 02/27/35
White Male
Height: 5’10
Weight: 125
Hair: Brown/Graying
Eyes: Brown
Clothing: Darkpants or blue jeans, plaid flannel shirt
Scars: Previous open heart surgery. Missing several front teeth

Circumstances of Disappearance
Payne was last seen  on foot collecting cans from a dumpster near Ocoee Village Apts near 2nd & Lowery Street  in Cleveland Tennessee by a resident on 09/14/08 around 11:00 A.M. A resident of the apartment building stated it was at the 3rd dumpster where he was last seen.
Payne has not been seen since. His case remains unsolved.

Donnie Lee Payne

Americas Most Wanted Website

Family Of Missing Man Expects Death

News Channel 9

BradleySheriff.com

Cleveland: Family offers $1,000 reward for information on missing man

Smokey Mountain Man’s Simple Life Scarred By Tragedy

Donnie Payne with his beloved Jack Russell Terrier. Donnie went missing in Sept. 2008.

At 73, Donnie Payne lived a quiet, simple life in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in rural Cleveland, Tenn. He lived with his wife of just nine months, Hazel, and his beloved dog, a Jack Russell Terrier.

Donnie loved being outdoors, and enjoyed fishing and camping. Among his favorite places is an area known as Price’s Creek on the Hiwassee River.

Wherever he went, he was always wearing a plaid shirt, dark pants and sporting some kind of hat, and he always had his beloved dog by his side.

Like his life, his culinary tastes were simple, and preferred the local diner rather than some fancy place.

No one knows what happened to him on September 14, 2008 to make him disappear. The last anyone saw or heard from him, he was headed out to look for aluminum cans.

Law enforcement says there may or may not be foul play. They just don’t know.

Sadly, just one month after he went missing, his beloved wife Hazel died.

Several years prior to Donnie’s disappearance, there was an arson on his property, and a dear friend of his died.

Police have ruled out any connection between the persons responsible for the fire and Donnie’s disappearance.

According to members of Donnie’s family, there have been many rumors about foul play.

One is that he was killed for a mere $200 and thrown into a dumpster.

While they fear the worst, they want to know what happened to him.  They hope the right person will hear their cry for help and provide police with the information they need to solve the case.

Investigative Agency:
Bradley County Sheriffs Office ( Tennessee)
(423) 728-7339

With his great grandaughter (a great grandfather)

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In Loving Memory- Morgan Harrington

January 28, 2010 by  
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-CUE Center For Missing Persons extend our deepest sympathy to the Harrington family as they begin this new direction in their journey. Our hearts,our thoughts and our prayers go out to them.-
A new phone number has been established by the Virginia State Police just for Harrington information on the location of the body: 434-709-1685.

Roanoke Times Obituary

The world has lost it’s best hugger. The incomparable Morgan Dana Harrington was torn from us on October 17, 2009. Morgan, age 20, was a shiny, loving, beautiful original. She was very much loved by her family, her friends, and her community, which has now expanded to include much of the world. We cherish the time we had with Morgan and are grateful for the breadth and variety of experiences we were able to share in her tragically abbreviated life. Morgan was born on July 24, 1989 in Charlottesville, Virginia and died there in October 2009. She was an avid music fan, a champion of children’s rights, and planned a career in education. To recognize some of Morgan’s passions we ask that, in lieu of flowers, gifts to honor Morgan’s memory be made to the Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine or to OMNI Orphan Medical Network International, an organization that provides medical care in Africa. Scholarship donations may be mailed to : Virginia Tech, Attn: Gift Accounting, University Development (0336)Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, and OMNI donations to 6930 Empire Lane Roanoke, Virginia 24018. Our reconfigured family, Dan, Gil, and Alex plan on honoring Morgan with a Mass 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. A reception to celebrate Morgan’s life will follow at the Hotel Roanoke. We are grief stricken by her death but also lifted by the knowledge that Morgan Dana Harrington was precious to so many and will not be forgotten. She mattered to us all.

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© January 28, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Dan and Gil Harrington, the parents of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, joined her brother, Alex, and a handful of reporters on Charlottesville’s Copeley Road bridge this afternoon to thank the public for their assistance in helping to find their daughter since her October disappearance.

Harrington’s body was discovered yesterday morning in an Albemarle County field. She had been missing since Oct. 17, 2009, when she disappeared from a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena on the University of Virginia campus.

While her parents declined to discuss the specifics of the case, her mother told the crowd of reporters who had gathered at the bridge that, from what the family had gathered through their conversations with police, “it’s very likely that Morgan did not live through the concert.”

Gil Harrington discussed the agony of the three months since her daughter had gone missing, not knowing where she was or who might be harming her. Not knowing, she said, was more painful than knowing.

For the first time in 101 days, she said, “I’m not thinking every minute, ‘What is he doing to my daughter?’”

The Harringtons told reporters that, now that their daughter’s body has been found, they’re focused on finding her killer. Dan Harrington said the location of her remains suggests a local link to her death.

“This is not a random place where someone would drop off a body,” he said.

The Virginia State Police continue to seek tips. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police tip line at (434) 352-3467.

When they had finished talking to reporters, the Harrington family tied a black ribbon to a light pole on the Copeley Road bridge where a yellow one had been. “Our sorrow,” Gil Harrington said, “is etched on our faces, and our pain has been carved on our hearts.”

Surrounded by media, Alex Harrington arranges flowers at a memorial for his sister Morgan Harrington on at the Copeley Bridge in Charlottsville, where Morgan was last seen. The missing Virginia Tech student’s body was found Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 on a farm south of Charlottesville.

Search Info

January 25, 2010 by  
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All search efforts are conducted by professional volunteers for missing persons and are funded by the CUE Center; all funds used are from donations and fund raisers held annually. If you would like to donate to the search and recovery fund, you may use the pay pal service or mail the center directly at the address listed below, thank you.

CUE Center for Missing Persons PO Box 12714 Wilmington, North Carolina 28405

To register your team or yourself for our national call out in the search effort for missing persons across our nation please click on the search/volunteer tab with in this site and download the application.

Resources & Links

January 25, 2010 by  
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CUE Center does work with many of the organizations listed in this area; you may contact the center for a referral. Below you will find links and resources to help you in your search for missing persons; cue center does not endorse any organization or it’s service. If you would like to link to cue, please contact the center before you post a link. The same is requested for the use of the cue logo before placed on a site or used in a public manner.

Ali Forever
Angels That Care
Attempt to Identify
Blue Line Radio
Center for HOPE
Child Seek
Clinton Herald
CODIS
CNN
Diana Trepkov- Forensic Artist
Doe Network
Family INFO Safe
Finders HOPE
Find Monica Foundation
Find Pam Biggers
Forever Searching UK
Fort Lauderdale Florida Police
Friends of Summer Shipp
Garden For The Missing
Guard A Kid
Have You Seen Me?
Help Find Megan Maxwell
In Loving Memory Of Melinda Harder
Investigations Discovery
Justice For Chris Bartholomew.
Justice for Citizens
Justice for Mary Badaracco
G.I.N.A. 411
Kyle Fleischmann Foundation
Life Prints
LostNMissing Inc
Michelle Sigona-International Crime Correspondent
Missing Branson Perry
Missing Brittanee Drexel
Missing Crystal Soles
Missing Debbie Key
Missing Dori Ann Myers
Missing Gayle Moran
Missing Irish People
Missing John Morris
Missing Melanie Metheny
Missing Minors
Missing Patricia Viola
Missing Shirley Hunt
Missing Travis Baker
Mothers Are Vanishing
Missing Pieces Show
Missing Tara Grinstead
Mississippi Missing & Unidentified
NC Crime Control
NC-VAN
NC Wanted
News 14 Carolina
Officer.com
Out Post for Hope
Peace for the Missing
Project EDAN
Project Jason
Protect Every Child
Rachel Alert Network
Readers Digest
Safe Surroundings Private Investigations
Seattle Times
Second Life
Sun Coast Cruisers
Team Hope
Tribute To Christopher Micheal Pierce
USARK9
Victims Rights Advocacy Organizations
Wilmington Chamber
Wowk -Tv

eBay Giving Works

National Conference

January 24, 2010 by  
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Cue Center conference wraps up with candlelight ceremony

Family and friends lit candles Saturday night in honor of murder victims and those still missing. The candlelight service wrapped up the Cue Center’s annual conference this weekend.

Cue Center conference wraps up with candlelight ceremony

03/23/2010 09:34 AM

Missing Persons National Round Table Conference 2010
“EXPANDING THE VISION”
Where:
Holiday Inn Conference Center 5032 Market Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
When: March 18th thru 21st, 2010
Fee of $300.00 covers all conference lodging, meals and materials

Thank you to our Major Sponsors 2010

Want to Sponsor CUE National Conference? Download our 2010 Sponsor Packet  here

In March the CUE Center for Missing Persons will host its 6th annual “National Round Table Conference”, bringing people from across nation together once more to aid in national awareness of missing people.

You should plan to arrive Thursday anytime after 4:00 pm and depart anytime after 2:00 pm on Sunday

Meet and Greet – March 18th, Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Refreshments Provided)

Training, Speakers and Victims Hour - March 19th, Friday (All Day – Lunch, Snacks & Dinner Provided)

Friday Night Sponsors Party - March 19th, Friday – 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Training, Speakers - March 20th, Saturday (All Day – Lunch, Snacks & Dinner Provided)

National Candle Light Vigil Service – March 20th, Saturday – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Recognitions/Closing Remarks/ Round Table Discussions – March 21st, Sunday (ending 1:00 pm)

TRAINING SESSION, Certificate Classes
* Fundamentals of Advocacy - Instructor, Brad Dennis (Klaaskids Search Center)
* Death, Identification, Investigation Matters - Instructor, Diana Trepkov
(Certified Forensic Artist (IAI) Forensic Identification Services
* Rules to follow while Writing Grants & Questions Asked- Instructor, Beth Gaglione (BG Consulting, Proprietor)

GUEST SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Victims Hours, Friday
Christy Davis, Missing Austin Davis & Finders Hope, The Lost Stories – A Mother’s Quest to be Heard
Dawn Drexel, Missing Brittanee Drexel
Melissa Moore, Missing Laura Whitten, WPD
Sexual Slavory, History and Definitions -  Speaker, Patrick Atkinson
Safety & Prevention Tools - Michael E. & Pamela Bronson (Guard A Kid)
A Source for Serial Homicide and Sexual Assault Investigations” – John Raleigh, VICAP – FBI
H.R. 3695 Billy’s Law - Jan Smolinski, Missing Billy Smolinski
Canal Sweep Project - Elisa Stirling, In Memory of Mathew Stirling
Focused Therapy – Positive Results – Bridge Builders, Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, PA
National Candle Light Service - HONOREES
March 20, 2010 @ Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington Waterfront – 7:30 pm, the public is welcome
MC – Kim Ratcliff, Anchor WECT TV6, Fox News
Guest Speaker – Marc Klaas, KlaasKids Foundation
Reading of the Poem – Sheree Justus
Vocal Tribute – Markus and Priscilla TeMoney
National Prayer – Angie Davis
Unveiling of the Wall
Service Dedication (see posters)
Keep checking back more updates to be announced

Who Should Attend?

Families of the Missing
Non Profit Organizations and Organizations Alike
Advocates for Missing Persons and Crime Victims
Private Investigators
Law Officials
Coroners and Death Investigators
Search and Rescue/Recovery Teams
Public and Social Agencies
Counselor Services, Trauma/Grief
Volunteer and Community Leaders seeking professional training

The event will focus on improving communication among agencies, learning about each other’s services, exchanging ideas, and creating a unified support system for victims. The conference will also feature professional education/training/techniques, advanced technology, advocacy, investigation and exploring other aspects of missing person cases.

Our primary focus is to offer a safe place for those who suffer a missing loved one and educate those who work daily for missing persons, the search thereof. The conference promises all attendees to be informative, presenting new technology and offer ideas to make a difference in the way missing person cases are handled. Our main stream goal is to provide resources and technique in locating the missing and or lost.

All attendees will receive a certificate for each training session from various agencies and a plaque from the conference in general. Rooms and meals will be provided by the host “CUE Center for Missing Persons and covered by your registration fee. Transportation for arrival and departures from Wilmington airport will be provided. This event will be powerful and we hope you will make plans to participate.

For more information please contact the CUE Center (910) 343-1131
Email CUE: cuecenter@aol.com

Thanking you in advance for your much-needed participation in this important event.

National Round Table Conference Goals:

  • Sharing a trained and professional view for solving cold case and search there of; missing persons
  • Understanding the resources available to be deployed when needed, what their capabilities are and how to obtain them.
  • Exploring the relevant positive and negative experiences of people who have experienced a missing loved one.
  • Creating new approaches to missing persons cases, and effectively deploying available resources; building communication and support
  • Developing a high-level view of the modifications needed to our current resources and organizational community over the next five years.

Ronald Cabana

January 17, 2010 by  
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Missing Since: 06/18/02
Missing from: Jackson County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at disappearance: 55
Height: 5’8
Weight: 150 lbs
White male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
Cabana wore a beard and moustache at the time of his disappearance.
Medical Conditions: Cabana suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He was hospitalized for these conditions a few days before his disappearance.

Details of Disappearance
Cabana reported missing in Jackson County, Florida on June 18, 2002, after his relatives had not heard from him in several days. When police went to check his house, they found the driveway gate closed and locked. Cabana’s house was also locked, his wallet and cellular phone were inside, and the security system was turned on. He has never been heard from again.

Cabana was hospitalized for his mental illness a few days before he vanished. In addition to being listed as a missing person. Cabana has visited Costa Rica in the past, but there is no indication that he is there now. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
850-482-9624
OR
Crime Stoppers
850-526-5000

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Emillie Hoyt

January 15, 2010 by  
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Missing Since: December 2005
Missing from: Highland Beach, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 10/07/82
Age at disappearance: 23
Height: 5’6
Weight: 100-111 lbs.
Hair Color: Light Brown Dyed Blonde
Eye Color: Brown
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics:  She has a tribal tattoo
on her right shoulder and “plug” style ear piercing

Circumstances of Disappearance
Hoyt was last seen in Highland Beach, Florida sometime during December 2005. She called her brother in Portland, Oregon to tell him she was mailing him a Christmas present. She asked him to call her when it arrived. When Hoyt’s brother tried to call her, he got a message back from her boyfriend, who said he’d ordered her out of his house and taken her phone, which he was paying for. He said he thought Hoyt had gone to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Hoyt’s family contacted the police in Florida after waiting a few weeks without hearing from her. The police refused to take a missing persons report at the time, saying there was no evidence Hoyt was in danger. Years passed before they agreed to list Hoyt as missing.

Hoyt is described as a very sensitive, artistic individual. Her father died when she was four, and her family moved at least nineteen times during her childhood. Her relationship with her boyfriend, who was about twenty years older than her, was troubled and she’d told her family she planned to leave him. Little evidence is available as to her fate. Some accounts give January 1, 2006 as the date Hoyt went missing.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Highland Beach,Florida Police Department
Bob Devito
(561) 266-5800

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Michael “Bradyn” Fuksa

January 15, 2010 by  
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Missing since: 07/15/09
Missing from: Olathe, Kansas
Classification: Missing
Age at disappearance: 22
White Male
Height: 6’4
Weight: 185
Hair: Brown
Hair was cut very short when he was last seen; his hair is curly when it gets longer.
Eyes: Brown
Wearing oval shaped, wire rimmed glasses
Jewelry: Silver St. Michaels pendant on a leather cord necklace
No known scars, marks, or tattoos

Circumstances of Disappearance:
Last known contact was on 07/16/09 when he had a flat tire on his 1996 maroon colored Ford Explorer south of Wheatland, Wyoming.  Bradyn’s vehicle was found abandoned later in the day on 07/16/09 along northbound Interstate 25 near mile marker 122 (north of Wheatland, near Douglas) in Converse County, Wyoming.  There is no evidence of foul play but Bradyn’s family is very concerned about his welfare.  Bradyn may be in possession of a 9 mm handgun. He may be carrying a blue Nike bag

Where is Bradyn Fuksa? – Crime Scene KC

Olathe Police Need Your Help Finding Man Missing Since July

No Sign of Olathe Man in Nearly 6 Months

Investigative Agency:
Olathe Kansas Police Department
913-971-7455/ 913-971-6950

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Leila Bryan

January 5, 2010 by  
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Missing since: 05/10/41
Missing from: Carolina Beach, Bladen County, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at disappearance: 36 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’7″; 120-125 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark hair and eyes.
Clothing: A summer print dress, brown and white shoes, and a green turban.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Leila Lewis Bryan and her four-year-old daughter, Mary Rachel were last seen on May 10, 1941.

Mary Rachel Bryan

A native of Bladenboro, Bryan and her husband, E.C. “Eddie” Bryan, lived at Carolina Beach. The couple worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Leila had been enrolled in nursing school when the couple became engaged and were married. Bryan got her an office job at the railroad. Leila’s mother disapproved of the marriage, as Eddie was divorced.

The weekend she disappeared, Mary Rachel and Leila were headed for Bladenboro to visit her family. Because of the enmity between her husband and mother, Eddie wasn’t accompanying Leila and Mary Rachel.

She planned to leave either Friday or Saturday, possibly riding with her brother, Berry Lewis. Mary Rachel’s Sunday shoes were polished, and several rings Leila always wore were found at the Raleigh Street home. The rings were Leila’s favorites, and she rarely left home without them, according to friends.

On May 10, 1941, Eddie Bryan told investigators that Leila said she was driving to a store a few blocks from their home. Bryan later told investigators that Mary Rachel asked to ride along.

At Carolina Beach at the time, according to town records, there was a small grocery store catering to fishermen and vacationers, a store similar to a general store, and a combination grocery/ department store. All three of the stores were in the same general area, near the modern intersection of U.S. 421 and Channel Drive. Where Leila went shopping that evening, if she did, has never been discovered. Neither mother nor child was ever seen again.

Berry Lewis went to Carolina Beach to visit his sister around 9 p.m. on May 10, 1941. Lewis awakened Bryan, who told his brother-in-law that Leila had gone to the store. Lewis apparently drove around the beach for an hour or so, looking for Leila and Mary Rachel. Figuring he must have somehow missed them, he returned to the Bryan home, located in the 200 block of North Raleigh Avenue. Leila Bryan’s 1935 Ford coupe was still missing. Husband, brother, or both called police.

Bryan told police he was making concrete forms in the couple’s garage when Leila had come home around 6:30 p.m. and made supper. Leila and Mary Rachel had spent the afternoon on the beach.

Local attention was intense as well-Leila’s family was well-liked and widely known in the Bladenboro area. Searchers were combing the island and the surrounding areas for any clue of Leila, Mary Rachel, or the Ford coupe. Professional divers searched areas where a car could be driven into the Cape Fear River, Snow’s Cut, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Officers visited gas stations from 50 to 100 miles away, since Eddie Bryan told investigators he didn’t think the Ford had more than half tank of gasoline when Leila left.

At the request of a newspaper, officers in Pinellas , Florida, began searching for the woman when the pair was reported spotted nearby. Officers questioned some of Eddie Bryan’s family who lived in the area, but no clues were located. Stories and advertisements were placed in newspapers across the country as leads and suspected sightings were checked and rechecked.

Officers thought they had a break later that summer when someone found a piece of automobile windshield in Snow’s Cut (a large canal connecting the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway north of Carolina Beach). It was just a few feet offshore, out from a little beach. It was in maybe 18 inches of water at the outside, and had been there for a while. Investigators determined the glass could have come from a 1935 Ford, but couldn’t be sure. The windshield fragment was sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh, but as the case grew cold over the years, the glass disappeared.

Investigators examined three possible fates of Leila and Mary Rachel: Leila could have committed suicide, taking her daughter with her, by driving into the Waterway, the Cape Fear River or off Snow’s Cut;
Leila could have run away, hiding her own and Mary Rachel’s identities to escape what some reported was an unhappy marriage;
or, the woman and child were murdered, and their bodies hidden, and the car dismantled or destroyed.

Investigators never found sufficient evidence to suggest anyone killed Leila and Mary Rachel. No one was ever charged. Nor was there an indication by friends or family that she had ever considered suicide.

  1. Leila Lewis Bryan, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel Bryan was Lewis Smith’s aunt. Tuesday, he was hoping the mystery, or at least his


  2. Lewis Smith arrived at the little cream-colored house surrounded by They hoped to find the remains of Leila Lewis Bryan, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel who

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N.C. State Bureau of Investigation
(704) 377-9200

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Mary Bryan

January 5, 2010 by  
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Missing since: 05/10/41
Missing from: Carolina Beach, Bladen County, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at Disappearance: 4

Circumstances of Disappearance
Leila Lewis Bryan and her daughter, Mary Rachel were last seen on May 10, 1941.

Leila Lewis Bryan

A native of Bladenboro, Bryan and her husband, E.C. “Eddie” Bryan, lived at Carolina Beach. The couple worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Leila had been enrolled in nursing school when the couple became engaged and were married. Bryan got her an office job at the railroad.

The weekend she disappeared, Mary Rachel and Leila were headed for Bladenboro to visit her family.

She planned to leave either Friday or Saturday, possibly riding with her brother, Berry Lewis. Mary Rachel’s Sunday shoes were polished, and several rings Leila always wore were found at the Raleigh Street home. The rings were Leila’s favorites, and she rarely left home without them, according to friends.

On May 10, 1941, Eddie Bryan told investigators that Leila said she was driving to a store a few blocks from their home. Bryan later told investigators that Mary Rachel asked to ride along.

At Carolina Beach at the time, according to town records, there was a small grocery store catering to fishermen and vacationers, a store similar to a general store, and a combination grocery/ department store. All three of the stores were in the same general area, near the modern intersection of U.S. 421 and Channel Drive. Where Leila went shopping that evening, if she did, has never been discovered. Neither mother nor child was ever seen again.

Berry Lewis went to Carolina Beach to visit his sister around 21.00 on May 10, 1941. Lewis awakened Bryan, who told his brother-in-law that Leila had gone to the store. Lewis apparently drove around the beach for an hour or so, looking for Leila and Mary Rachel. Figuring he must have somehow missed them, he returned to the Bryan home, located in the 200 block of North Raleigh Avenue. Leila Bryan’s 1935 Ford coupe was still missing. Husband, brother, or both called police.

Bryan told police he was making concrete forms in the couple’s garage when Leila had come home around 18.30 and made supper. Leila and Mary Rachel had spent the afternoon on the beach.

Local attention was intense as well. Leila’s family was well-liked and widely known in the Bladenboro area. Searchers were combing the island and the surrounding areas for any clue of Leila, Mary Rachel, or the Ford coupe. Professional divers searched areas where a car could be driven into the Cape Fear River, Snow’s Cut, and the Intra-coastal Waterway. Officers visited gas stations from 50 to 100 miles away, since Eddie Bryan told investigators he didn’t think the Ford had more than half tank of gasoline when Leila left.

At the request of a newspaper, officers in Pinellas, Florida, began searching for the woman when the pair was reported spotted nearby. Officers questioned some of Eddie Bryan’s family who lived in the area, but no clues were located.

Officers thought they had a break later that summer when someone found a piece of automobile windshield in Snow’s Cut (a large canal connecting the Cape Fear River and the Intra coastal Waterway north of Carolina Beach). It was just a few feet offshore, out from a little beach. It was in maybe 18 inches of water at the outside, and had been there for a while. Investigators determined the glass could have come from a 1935 Ford, but couldn’t be sure. The windshield fragment was sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh, but as the case grew cold over the years, the glass disappeared.

Investigators examined three possible fates of Leila and Mary Rachel: Leila could have committed suicide, taking her daughter with her, by driving into the Waterway, the Cape Fear River or off Snow’s Cut;
Leila could have run away, hiding her own and Mary Rachel’s identities to escape what some reported was an unhappy marriage;
or, the woman and child were murdered, and their bodies hidden, and the car dismantled or destroyed.

Investigators never found sufficient evidence to suggest anyone killed Leila and Mary Rachel. No one was ever charged. Nor was there an indication by friends or family that she had ever considered suicide.

  1. Leila Lewis Bryan, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel Bryan was Lewis Smith’s aunt. Tuesday, he was hoping the mystery, or at least his


  2. Lewis Smith arrived at the little cream-colored house surrounded by They hoped to find the remains of Leila Lewis Bryan, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel who

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
N.C. State Bureau of Investigation
(704) 377-9200

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