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  1. #1
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    Aug 2015

    CA - Debra Vowell, 21, San Diego, 24 Jan 1979

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 2206DFCA

    Left & Center: Vowell, circa 1979; Right: Age Progressed Composite (circa 2007)

    Debra Lee Vowell

    Missing since January 24, 1979 from Southern California
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: October 27, 1957
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5' 2"; 107 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; hazel eyes.
    • AKA: Debra Powers; Debbie
    • DNA/Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Vowell was last seen in Southern California on January 24, 1979. Debra had been married just a short time at the time of her disappearance. On that day, Debra, her husband Dennis Vowell and Gary Newton disappeared off the coast of San Diego on their 41 foot fishing boat,"The Armistice".
    An air/sea search by the United States Coast Guard from San Luis Obisbo to Ensenada, Mexico yielded negative results.
    Two years later, Debra's grandfather, a Los Angeles Sheriff Sergeant received a collect call late at night. When he asked the operator who it was from he heard Debra shout "it's Debbie I am trying to get to California." The phone then went dead and there has been nothing heard from her since.A background investigation into the history of The Armistice linked the boat to a large scale marijuana smuggling organization which was connected to several sunken boats and other crew members missing.On 1979, Debra's parents reported her missing to the Coast Guard only. In 2003, a family member asked an investigator with the Los Angeles Cold Case Unit for help. At the request of this investigator, Orange County Sheriff took a courtesy report, and then the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Cold Case Unit opened an investigation into Debra's disappearance.
    Debra is the daughter of retired Hollywood producer David Powers. The boat and all occupants are still missing.

    Debra in front of "The Armistice".

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
    Cold Case Unit
    Sgt Paul Mondry
    Investigator Richard Kennerly
    Orange County Sheriffs Department

    Agency Case Number:
    03-00067 & 03222469

    NCIC Number:

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
    Source Information:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Cold Case Unit
    California Department of Justice
    Doe Network link case

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  2. #2
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    Jun 2017
    This is certainly an intriguing case. One has to wonder if that phone call really was her, and if it was, why she was never able to call back or give any other information on her whereabouts.

    I looked up the weather in San Diego that day, and there were reports of scattered showers. It was quite chilly as well. Not the best day to go out onto the water.

    Is anyone else interested in working together to dig up more information on this case?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Welcome to Websleuths, onelessjdoe!
    Who is Fly Creek Jane Doe?

  4. #4
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    Jun 2017
    Thank you! I am just getting started with sleuthing, and would love to team up with a couple other members on a case. Are you interested in working together on this case?

  5. #5
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    Mar 2015
    Sadly, this is likely to be a difficult case for anyone to solve. I personally don't know what to think, whether foul play was involved or if The Armistice just sank. Between the alleged illicit activities and no missing persons reports being filed until a considerable amount of time had passed, the investigation had decades of catching up to do. No telling what evidence and leads were lost there. The inclement weather that day is also something that should probably factor in (good work on finding that). I wonder if they shared their plans or itinerary for the day with anyone? Debra's Charley Project page: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/v/vowell_debra.html.
    Who is Fly Creek Jane Doe?

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