Carl Eder’s disappearance is slightly different from most of the cases I’ve researched for in that we know why he vanished because of a note that he left at the Tehachapi California State Prison from which he simply walked away in 1974.
Marie “Marliz” Spannhake had only been living in Chico, California for a month or so, having relocated from Cleveland, Ohio in December 1975. The nineteen-year-old was poised for a new beginning far from her hometown, employed as a part-time model at a camera shop while cohabitating with her fiance, John Baruth.
On January 31, 1976 Marie and John visited an indoor flea market and at some point an argument ensued. Marie left her partner on foot from the Eagles Hall, but being unfamiliar with the area would have to rely on the kindness of strangers for directions.
John reported her disappearance to authorities on February 2 when she failed to return home. Her personal belongings were untouched, making it unlikely that she packed up and moved out after the incident at the flea market.
Charges were never filed in connection with Marie’s disappearance despite a confession from a woman claiming she and her husband murdered the young woman and disposed of her remains.
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Donnis Marie “Pinky” Redman (14/15) and her boyfriend Michael James Griffin (18) were reportedly last seen together on March 1, 1958. Depending on the source they were either spotted for the last time in their hometown, San Pedro, California or in Las Vegas where some say they had traveled to elope.
On January 3, 1948 twenty-six-year-old Lorraine “Lee” Judith Barrie Chance took her daughter Donna to a sitter’s house in Santa Cruz, California with the promise of returning later in the evening. There is no record of where she was headed or with whom (if anyone) she departed. Lee never retrieved her daughter and no one has seen or heard from her since.
In June 1968 Madeline Anna “Lynn” Babcock was a 35-year-old twice-divorced mother of four living in Venice Beach, California. To make ends meet she held two jobs in Santa Monica: bartending at Fred’s Tavern and assembly line work at the Plastic Glide factory.
On the 11th she called her mother from a pay phone and stated that a friend planned to drive her for a visit the following day. Lynn’s family never saw or heard from her again.