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    LA - Annette Craver Vail, 18, Sulphur, 5 Oct 1984


    Annette Michelle Craver Vail

    Endangered Missing

    Missing From: Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Missing Since: October 22, 1984

    Age: 18 -- Height: 5'6" -- Weight: 115 lbs -- Hair Color: Lt. Brown -- Eye Color: Brown

    Annette has a small scar on her forehead near her hairline.


    Annette was reported missing by her mother after she had been out of contact for several weeks. Annette's husband told police that the last time he knew of her whereabouts, she was boarding a bus in St. Louis and was going to Mexico, however this information has never been confirmed. She was last seen by a relative in Sulphur, Louisiana, around October 5, 1984 before the alleged camping trip. Foul play is suspected.


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    Not Annette, but her husband's previous wife. Well, one of them.



    Vail charged with murder in 1962 drowning of wife

    Felix Vail arrived in Lake Charles on a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office plane late Friday night.

    Vail, charged Friday with second-degree murder in the 1962 death of his wife Mary Horton Vail, was arrested Friday afternoon in Comal County, Texas.

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    Mary Horton Vail was 22 years old when she drowned in the Calcasieu River.

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    Vail is also the last person to see two other women alive — a girlfriend, Sharon Hensley, was last seen in Sulphur in 1973, and another wife, Annette Craver Vail, was last seen in 1984.

    More: http://www.americanpress.com/news/lo...owning-of-wife

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    13 Apr 2014 - The Clarion-Ledger:

    Vail's ex-wife raises more questions about suspected killer

    A former wife of serial killer suspect Felix Vail says he kept surgical saws in a secret compartment in his car — a detail that has caused authorities to wonder if other women could be victims.
    http://tinyurl.com/mj7wh5s

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    Jerry Mitchell from the Clarion Ledger has written extensively about Felix Vail. His investigative reporting is outstanding! See here:

    http://archive.clarionledger.com/art...ces-foul-play-

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...S01/105160001/
    Last edited by Pink Panther; 05-03-2014 at 09:08 AM.

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    Annette resembles the actress Jennifer Lawrence. The eyes/smile.

    Sadly, I think her husband took her life before she was ever reported missing.
    Just my opinion!

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    Annette is mentioned in this article from June about the ongoing murder trial against Felix Vail for killing his other wife.
    Thank you, Mr. Abshire, for wanting the truth to be known, even after a half century.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...stify/9365707/
    JACKSON, Miss. — When serial killer suspect Felix Vail goes on trial next year for the 1962 death of his wife, Mary, his one-time friend will testify against him — despite dying this week.
    That's because prosecutors in Lake Charles, La., videotaped 91-year-old , Isaac Abshire Jr. testifying last June. A diabetic, he had suffered kidney problems before dying Monday.
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    Eventually, Abshire faced Vail at work across a tall table. "He said he had lawyers that were ready to sue me for everything I had for all I was saying about him," Abshire recalled.
    He said he told Vail, "Get your lawyers ready. I want to get on the (witness) stand and tell everybody what happened."
    A half century after that conversation, Abshire told The Clarion-Ledger he was still ready to tell everybody what he saw that day in 1962.
    When Vail goes on trial next year, Abshire will finally get his chance — by way of videotape.
    https://www.facebook.com/doyouknowfe...889192/?type=1

    Annette Vail

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    30 years ago today.

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    Is there any way this Jane Doe could be Annette?

    http://www.tcso.org/tcsoweb/ColdCase...&Case=89-H-001

    She was found in January of 1989. Her remains were skeletal, indicating that she was there for quite some time. Annette went missing in 84 so it's possible.

    Jane Doe also had rings on her left ring finger, indicating to me that she was probably married.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgunzzz View Post
    Is there any way this Jane Doe could be Annette?

    http://www.tcso.org/tcsoweb/ColdCase...&Case=89-H-001

    She was found in January of 1989. Her remains were skeletal, indicating that she was there for quite some time. Annette went missing in 84 so it's possible.

    Jane Doe also had rings on her left ring finger, indicating to me that she was probably married.
    Doe Network has a photo of Annette with a wide smile that when I enlarge it to see her teeth and it gets real fuzzy, they look straight. Not at all like this Jane Doe's. But that's my fuzzy visual, too. (read as - not that reliable.) Also, Annette is 66-67 inches tall and the Jane Doe is 69-72 inches tall. A two inch difference isn't enough to eliminate, but a six inch difference usually is so can't eliminate based on that either. The two items combined though, make me think Jane is not likely to be Annette.
    I couldn't find the Jane Doe in NamUs to see if there's been any rule-outs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pink Panther View Post
    Jerry Mitchell from the Clarion Ledger has written extensively about Felix Vail. His investigative reporting is outstanding! See here:

    http://archive.clarionledger.com/art...ces-foul-play-

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...S01/105160001/
    Pink Panther, thank you for posting these stories. Although the first is very long, it is well worth the read. This could be made into a great movie!

    So sad for all the victims here. This story is so sad, especially the part about his son being with him at age 7-8 and being forced to smoke marijuana and do LSD! And he turned out to be so successful! What a story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateB View Post
    Doe Network has a photo of Annette with a wide smile that when I enlarge it to see her teeth and it gets real fuzzy, they look straight. Not at all like this Jane Doe's. But that's my fuzzy visual, too. (read as - not that reliable.) Also, Annette is 66-67 inches tall and the Jane Doe is 69-72 inches tall. A two inch difference isn't enough to eliminate, but a six inch difference usually is so can't eliminate based on that either. The two items combined though, make me think Jane is not likely to be Annette.
    I couldn't find the Jane Doe in NamUs to see if there's been any rule-outs.
    I did notice Jane Doe's teeth were pretty crooked but thought it fit the timeline enough to at least consider her.

    It seems that perhaps Jane Doe was found in too obvious a place for Felix's style anyway... :-/

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    Greenfield woman wins right to testify to daughter’s 30-year-long ‘disappearance’

    http://www.recorder.com/home/1457226...-disappearance


    It is the moment she has been hoping for 30 years, since her 19-year-old daughter disappeared in 1984 — a chance to help bring her daughter’s alleged killer to justice.

    Mary Craver Rose of Greenfield has been asked to testify in Louisiana court on the disappearance of her daughter, Annette Craver Vail, as evidence in the murder trial of Felix Vail, accused of a different murder.
    The case is known by experts as the oldest prosecution of an alleged serial killer in U.S. history, according to media reports.

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    "Trial date set for suspected serial killer"

    http://www.recorder.com/home/1597560...-serial-killer

    The murder trial of suspected serial killer Felix Vail has been scheduled for Aug. 17.

    The link doesn't open to the right page for some reason but you can access it through Google.




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    What a terrible man! I have a feeling they may never find her body.

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    "Local woman headed to La. to testify in murder trial" - September 1, 2015

    http://www.recorder.com/news/townbyt...n-murder-trial

    “Having him arrested and locked up for the past two years brought some peace to my life,” said Rose.

    “The trial and its outcome will be a turning point for my healing.”
    “I’m going to be there as her witness,” she said. “Actually, it’s Annette and Sharon who will have their day in court!”
    After the trial is over, Rose plans to travel to Houston to celebrate with friends and family.

    “Yes, I’m very optimistic (about the outcome),” she said.

    While Vail’s first wife’s body was recovered, Hensley’s and Craver’s bodies were never found.

    Rose said she regrets that, because it has been difficult for her as a mother to find closure when she doesn’t know where her daughter is.
    In the late 1980s, about five years after her daughter disappeared, Rose hired a private investigator, and with his help, eventually met with the families of the two other women.

    “As I learned more and more, I was convinced Felix Vail had killed Annette,” she said. “I never gave up. My love for my daughter wouldn’t let me.”
    Unfortunately, the families will have to wait a little longer to get their day in court as a delay for the trial is expected.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/n...elay/73615570/

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    Trial postponed; a hearing has been set for January.

    Mary Newton Rose’s chance to take the stand against her daughter’s ex, a suspected serial killer, postponed

    http://www.recorder.com/news/townbyt...ng-for-justice

    Mary Newton Rose of Newell Court said the trial of Felix Vail, who she believes is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter 31 years ago, was supposed to start later this month, but has been postponed.

    She said she had planned to head to Louisiana to testify in the trial on Nov. 18. She said she will eventually testify as a material witness against Vail, who she believes killed her daughter, Annette Craver, in 1984.
    Newton Rose said she still feels a deep sadness when she thinks about her daughter and sometimes anger when she thinks of Vail. She retired to Greenfield 17 years ago and has offered piano lessons and done personal care for people. She said she loves doing volunteer work and has led her own crusade against domestic violence.

    While Vail’s first wife’s body was recovered, Hensley’s and Craver’s bodies were never found, and Rose said she regrets that, because it has been difficult for her as a mother to find closure when she doesn’t know where her daughter is.

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