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2123DFCA - Brenda Jo Howell


Name: Brenda Jo Howell
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: August 6, 1956
Location Last Seen: San Gabriel Canyon, Los Angeles County, California

Physical Description

Date of Birth: August 19, 1943
Age: 12 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 4'9"
Weight: 95 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Aqua "pedal pushers" (capri pants) and gray plaid jacket.
Jewelry: Yellow metal watch; white metal ring.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Brenda was last seen on August 6, 1956 in the San Gabriel Canyon area near Glendora Mountain Road, bicycling with Donald Lee Baker. An extensive search found only their bicycles and Donald's jacket. Brenda lived in Fort Bragg, California and was visiting her sister in the area.

On March 6, 1970, Mack Ray Edwards surrendered himself to Los Angeles police and confessed to molesting and murdering 6 children between 1953 and 1970. He was arrested, pled guilty to three of the killings, and was sentenced to death. Before committing suicide in his cell on death row in 1971, he claimed to have murdered 18 children.

Two of the six confessed killings included Brenda Jo Howell and Donald Lee Baker, but Edwards was not convicted of their murders because their bodies were never found. He was convicted of the murders of Gary Rochet (also seen in news articles with the last name of Rocha), Donald Allen Todd, and Stella Darlene Nolan. The sixth confessed killing was that of Roger Dale Madison. He is suspected in the disappearances of Bruce Kremen, Karen Lynn Tompkins, and Thomas (Tommy) Eldon Bowman. He is also a suspect in the murder of Dorothy Gale Brown.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Tamar Abraham
Agency Phone Number: 323-890-5500
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 006-00105-3100-400

NCIC Case Number: M-255934671
NamUs Case Number: 4626

Information Source(s)

Pasadena Independent Star News (July 13, 1958)
Los Angeles Times (3/17/07)

Admin Notes

Added: 10/6/2006; Last Updated: 3/24/2017

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

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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