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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    AZ - Stella Horrell, 18, Phoenix, 22 Aug 1943


    This is new on Doe Network. I'm wondering if she's a potential match for these skeletal remains believed to be from 1948:


    Some things match up pretty well. Stella left Arizona in 1943 heading for California and was never seen again. The remains were found beneath a foundry floor in 1973 in California and are believed to have been there since at least 1948. Stella was 18 in 1943 and would have been 23 in 1948; the skeletal remains estimated age is 20-25. The remains were said to have prominent buck teeth and Stella's photos appear as if she may have had buck teeth, though the photos are small. Unfortunately her Doe profile states there are no dentals available for her to compare with the skeletal remains. Unless the remains still exist and could be DNA matched to a living relative of Stella's, I don't see how a match could be made, but I felt this was an interesting possibility of being the same woman. I assume the building must have been put up in 1948 or later for LE to be certain the remains had been there that long.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Stella May Horrell

    Case Classification: Missing
    Missing Since: August 22, 1943

    Location Last Seen: Pheonix, Maricopa Co, Arizona Physical

    Description** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
    Date of Birth: September 20, 1924
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 yrs
    Race: White/American Indian
    Gender: Female
    Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'5
    Weight at Time of Disappearance: 125 lbs
    Hair Color: Black
    Eye Color: Brown
    Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Mickey, Dessie Pearl Ellis, Stella Wesler
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
    Dentals: Not available
    Fingerprints: Not available
    DNA: Not available Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown Circumstances of Disappearance Stella left Pheonix to travel to California and was never seen or heard from again.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

    Agency Name: Doe Network

    E-Mail: admin@doenetwork.org

    Information Source(s)
    Information graciously provided by family and loved ones
    The Doe Network: Stella May Horrell - 3228DFAZ



  3. #3
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    Dec 2012
    I am Stella's granddaughter, I am wondering where you got the info that you think this person might be a match? I would like to look into this further. We have been searching for Stella for many years. Thank you for any assistance you can offer I would like to know one way or another where my Grandmother is.

    Thank you

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Welcome to Websleuths and I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother and not knowing where she is.

    This info was from www.doenetwork.org and of course there's no way for me to know if there is a match, Doe Network is a website we often use to try and match unidentified persons with missing persons. Some of the information seemed as if it could be a possible match. I would suggest contacting Doe Network and/or the law enforcement agency who is handling your missing Grandmother's case. The folks at Doe Network have been very helpful with all potential matches I have submitted, often contacting the law enforcement agency which is handling the case for the unidentified person, and then relaying the info back to me as to whether it will be looked into further. One of the main features of the unidentified woman is that she had buck teeth and I can't tell at all from the photos if your Grandmother had them or not as the photos on the Doe website are small. If she did not then this wouldn't be her.

    Again, I am sorry for all the years of not knowing where Ms Horrell is, I hope you find some answers.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Stella left Pheonix to travel to California and was never seen or heard from again.
    At 18, I would imagine Stella had limited funds, so was she perhaps visiting a friend or relative there? Did she ever arrive?

    She must have boarded a train or a bus; did anyone recall selling her a ticket, etc?

  6. #6
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    Oct 2009

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    "Life is very long" - T.S. Eliot

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    I have a couple questions:

    Do we know if Horrell is a married name? Stella had a granddaughter who posted here so that would lead me to think she was most likely married.

    If so, could the man in the photo with her be Mr Horrell? I know he is listed as an unknown man but does that mean it ISN'T her husband?

    Was Mr Horrell (if he existed) accounted for after Stella's disappearance, or could he have gone missing with her?

    The man in the photo looks like he was in the military, were there any bases near where Stella was living at the time of her disappearance?

    I seem to recall as a kid looking at something similar to a yearbook from when my dad was in the navy. He served in the late 1960s, does anyone know if there was anything similar in the 40's with photos?

    Is the general consensus that this man may have known about her disappearance?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    Horrell does not appear to be a married name, although she seems to have been married twice, which seems odd given the dob. However there are records on Ancestry for marriages, both in Maricopa, Arizona, of;

    Stella Horrell to Theodore T Wesler on 29 August 1939 (when she would have been14 according to the dob). This must be right as the Wesler matches one of her aliases.

    Stella May Horrell to Melvin Travis Powers on 29 December 1941.

    The 1939 marriage gives no age for Stella but she is given as 21 for the 1941 marriage. Perhaps the 1924 dob is an error? Her second husband, Melvin Travis Powers, was born in Texas in 1919 but living in Maricopa at the time of the 1940 census. He died in Santa Barbara, California in 1976 which makes me wonder if Stella was travelling to California to join her husband.

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