Austin Renshaw

April 19, 2010 by  
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Missing Since: 10/27/03
Missing from :SeaTac, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 01/11/ 81
Age at disappearance: 22
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark blond/brown/sandy
Eye Color: Hazel
Race: White
Gender: Male
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a Chinese
character under left forearm

Details of Disappearance
Almost two weeks after his disappearance, Austin’s 1993 silver Chevrolet Cavalier was located abandoned in the parking lot of Chinook Middle School, 25 miles from his home. Inside was a partially eaten breakfast from McDonald’s and some cash. A McDonald’s receipt shows that the meal was purchased around 7:30 a.m. on October 27th in Spring Glen. Austin’s roommates told his father that they last saw him two weeks prior to his car being found and commented that he may have committed suicide.

Investigators questioned several friends and associates, as well as searched the home he shared with his roommates, but found no leads. Austin was trying to make a fresh start after a battle with substance abuse. He regularly attended church, and was believed to have been attending several.

A few days before his disappearance he told his sister that he was afraid someone would try to kill him. No sightings have been reported since his disappearance. Foul play is suspected.


Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
King County Sheriff’s Office (Washington)
Crime Stoppers
(800) 274-6313

Family pleads for answers in man’s disappearance

Oct 27, 2006

“I just miss him…more than anything.”

When Venus Renshaw told us that with tears in her eyes in February of 2004, her brother Austin had already been missing four months.

October 26, 2006 marked the third anniversary of of the Maple Valley man’s disappearance. His car was found abandoned in the parking lot of Chinook Middle School in SeaTac. And in the first months of the investigation detectives were led to believe the 22 year old had likely been murdered.

Now these three years later Austin’s aunt Laurice Dorman is among those begging for answers.

“I just wish somebody would come forward and tell us where he is,” she said. “If they have any heart at all they would.”

She was part of a large gathering of family and friends at the Maple Valley Community Center on Thursday night to mark the third anniversary of Austin’s mysterious disappearance. His father Lorne Renshaw, who has since accepted the fact this his son is probably dead, begged for the chance to at least find his son’s body.

“I believe this has happened in my heart,” he said. “And I just want to find him and bring him home.”

Now the Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound reward for information in the case is up to $10,000. And at the Thursday night vigil, Austin’s face and the Crime Stopper’s reward poster were unveiled on a rolling billboard: a truck outfitted with illuminated posters offered by Gomobile Advertising.

“Austin deserves this,” said Lorne Renshaw standing in front of the truck. “And we’re doing what we can.”

Lorne Renshaw, a professional musician, offered a prayerful song to his son at the candlelight vigil. Austin’s mom Debbie Eklund offered the hope she has left.

“I know that no matter where my son is, where our Austin is, he is with the Lord and the Lord is walking with him whether he is in heaven or he is alive. I know that the Lord is walking with my son.”

If he is alive, Austin Renshaw would now be 25. He is 6’1″ and 160 lbs. He has hazel eyes and a 1 1/2″ by 2″ tattoo of a Chinese character under his left forearm.

If you have any information that can help with this case you are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-CRIME-13 (1-800-274-3313). All calls are confidential. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous they are assigned a pin number of their choosing. If their information leads to Austin’s recovery or charges filed in the case that confidential pin number is used to access reward funds.

“Hopefully bring closure to this case,” said Myrle Carnan of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. “Hopefully find Austin alive. It’s happened before. But the longer it goes the harder it is. It’s got the wrong signs,” he said of the homicide investigation, “but the fact is maybe he’s out there somewhere yet.”

Austin Renshaw

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Tabitha Franklin

April 5, 2010 by  
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Missing from: Cullman, Alabama
Missing since: 08/08/09
Classification: Missing
White Female
Age at disappearance: 28
Date of Birth: 09/15/80
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Green
Height: 5’6
Nickname: Tabby
Scars, Tattoos: A angel on her right arm,a scroll on her left arm, a butterfly in between her shoulders and a rose on her ankle.
C-section scar on abdomen and a small scar on her nose.
Clothing: Last seen wearing a black dress

Circumstances of Disappearance:
Tabitha was last seen at a friends home in WestPoint, Alabama. She was then picked up by an adult male acquaintance and driven to Hueytown. The adult make stated that he dropped her off, went to do errands and when he returned to pick her up, she was gone.

Investigative Agency:
Cullman Co Sheriffs Office

If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons  at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.

All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.

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Raymond Green

March 23, 2010 by  
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(Georgia) -Raymond Lamar Green

Missing since: 11/06/78
Missing from: Atlanta, GA
Classification: Non Family Abduction
Date of birth: 11/01/78
Male Black
Age at disappearance: 5 days old
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown

Circumstances of Disappearance:
The  composite shows what Raymond may look like at 28 years.
Raymond was abducted from his home by an unknown black female on November 6, 1978. The abductor was last seen getting into a brown vehicle. She is described as being 5’06, medium build, and she may have a mole on her left cheek. The abductor may go by the name Lisa.

Atlanta Police Department (Georgia) 1-404-658-6666

Nancy Grace’s Cold Cases- May 10, 2010
Woman hopes to find son snatched as a newborn

Forensic artist gives new hope to 1978 missing child case

After 35 years, mom gets possible break in missing son case | WSB-TV


Nov 12, 2014 – Last December, Donna Green described her 35-year search for her … to a baby boy at Grady Memorial Hospital, who she named Raymond.

After 31 years of not knowing, Donna Green could be a step closer to finding her missing child, all because of a chance meeting with world renowned forensic artist Diana Trepkov.


WILMINGTON — After 31 years of not knowing, one mother could be a step closer to finding her missing child.

A chance meeting at the CUE Center’s National Conference for missing person’s in Wilmington introduced two strangers. One of them, Donna Green, said something pushed her to make the drive from Tennessee.

“Thirty-one years ago, I was 16-years-old and I had a baby boy,” said Green.

A baby boy named Raymond born November 1, 1978. Green met the women who called herself Lisa at Grady Memorial in Atlanta just a couple days after giving birth. Lisa started a conversation with Green when she was watching her newborn through the nursery window. Lisa said she was there visiting her sister who had just given birth.

The next day, November 6, 1978, Lisa made an uninvited visit to Green’s apartment. Green let her in and then went to take a shower, leaving Lisa sitting on the couch with Raymond and Raymond’s uncle.
The baby’s uncle feel asleep and when Donna got out of the shower, the baby and Lisa vanished.

Neither Lisa or the baby were seen again.

“Her whole thing of getting to know me and befriending me was to steal my baby,” said Green.

A nightmare that lead her to families of other missing loved ones. After spending just a few minutes sitting next to each other, world renowned forensic artist Diana Trepkov knew she could help.

“She told me four pages of information and I just wrote wrote, wrote,” said Trepkov.

Memories that turned into images for the first time.

“Went to tell her some things about me and she said ‘I can help you, I can help you,’ and she went to telling me and went through the sketches and it was just amazing,” said Green.

Trepkov put those pages of information into sketches, “Her eyes, she kept saying she had nice eyes, she felt like she could trust her and Her bandana on her head was really tight. All hair was tucked in and you couldn’t see one strand of hair coming out,” said Trepkov.

A picture that turned out exactly like she remembered.

“I was numb I was numb I could not just stare and stare I was so numb but I could, it wasn’t anger, but I could feel something going on in the inside, but I couldn’t stop saying to myself ‘that’s her, that’s her,’” said Green.

Also giving her another picture she never had, a picture of baby Raymond.

“She actually made the picture of the baby, of my baby, that was amazing. I told her can I just put him in a blanket and take him home,” said Green.

The abductor, who may go by the name Lisa, is described as being 5-foot-6 with a medium build. She may have a mole on her left cheek and a scar on the right side of her face.

Lisa was last seen getting in a brown vehicle.

(Above) Diana Trepkovs sketch of Raymond’s abductor

Raymond Green- Age progressed to 31 yrs old

(Above) Raymond Green- Age progressed to 31 yrs old

If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons  at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.


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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


Family Of Missing Man Expects Death

News Channel 9

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.

Harrington Family Website


The Roanoke Times
© January 28, 2010


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 Information

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 and submit 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
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 Wanted
News 14 Carolina
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
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
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)


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:

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.

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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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.

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

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


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