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1246DFMN - Helen Vorhees Brach

Helen Vorhees Brach

Name: Helen Vorhees Brach
Case Classification: Missing
Missing Since: February 17, 1977
Location Last Seen: Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota

Physical Description

Date of Birth: November 10, 1911
Age: 65 yrs old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10"
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: N/A
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Ms. Brach was a bit overweight at the time of her disappearance (according to the physician she just saw).


Fingerprints: Unknown
DNA: Unknown

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Brach had just finished a checkup at the the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She paid her bill at the clinic and was walking back to the hotel to catch a flight from Rochester to Chicago when she stopped at a gift shop and bought some sundries. Her last words to the clerk are still the subject of much confusion. "I'm in a hurry," she said. "My houseman is waiting." The clerk swears Brach used the word "houseman" and the present tense, although no one was seen with Brach and it was believed that she traveled to Rochester alone.

In July of 1994, Richard Bailey was convicted of conspiring to murder and soliciting someone to murder Brach. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a fine of 1 million dollars.

Brach is heiress to the Brach Candy Company fortune and had an estimated net worth of $17 million when she disappeared. The third wife of the president of the E.J. Brach and Sons Candy Company, Brach lived quietly in suburban Glenview after her husband's death in 1970. She was declared legally dead in 1984.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: N/A
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: N/A
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: N/A

Information Source(s)

Helen Brach - Wikipedia
Find A Grave

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 4/29/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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