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  1. #1
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    CA - Donna Fowler, 7, Weaverville, 10 Nov 1980

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/804dfca.html

    Donna L Fowler
    Missing since November 10, 1980, from Trinity, California.
    Classification: Endangered Missing





    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: July 5, 1973
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 7 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'0"; 40 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
    • Marks, Scars: 1" scar on her upper right foot between second and third toes, full skeletal at 2 1/2 months skull fracture.
    • Clothing: She was last seen wearing a brown multi-colored smock top, brown jeans and brown suede shoes.
    • Dentals: Not available. She had baby teeth upper, and lower front teeth were adult teeth.


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Fowler was last seen on November 10, 1980, in Trinity, California.

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    Donna Fowler (7) - Weaverville CA, 1980


    Missing Since: November 10, 1980 from Weaverville, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: July 5, 1973
    Age: 7 years old
    Height and Weight: 3'0, 43 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Fowler has a one-inch scar between the second and third toes on her right foot. She has a healed skull fracture that occured when she was two and a half months old in 1973. Fowler's upper baby teeth were in place in 1980. Her permanent lower teeth had grown in by the time of her disappearance.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown multi-colored smock shirt, brown jeans and brown suede shoes.

    Details of Disappearance

    Fowler was last seen in Weaverville, California on November 10, 1980. She had been kept home from school that day for unspecified reasons, and told her grandfather she was running away from home. He believed she was only pretending and helped her pack her bags. Fowler disappeared afterwards. She was last seen near the Joss House Historical Museum on Main Street downtown at 2:30 p.m. Her mother reported her disappearance to police at 11:30 p.m.

    Little evidence is available as to Fowler's fate, although her family believes she is deceased. Authorities searched a dry well in Weaverville for her remains in 2007, but located no evidence. Fowler's case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Trinity County Sheriff's Department

    530-623-2611

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    28-year-old Missing Child Case Solved

    A 28-year-old missing child case in Trinity County is finally solved, after a convicted murderer in Los Angeles admitted to killing the little girl. 7-year-old Donna Fowler went missing in Weaverville in 1980. Wayne Smith, a man who lived nearby, refused to talk to investigators and left Trinity County shortly after her disappearance. Smith is currently serving a life sentence for another murder in Los Angeles.

    http://www.knvn.com/content/topstori...CjyUMzn8A.cspx

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    A 28-year-old missing child case in Trinity County is finally solved, after a convicted murderer in Los Angeles admitted to killing the little girl. 7-year-old Donna Fowler went missing in Weaverville in 1980. Wayne Smith, a man who lived nearby, refused to talk to investigators and left Trinity County shortly after her disappearance. Smith is currently serving a life sentence for another murder in Los Angeles.

    http://www.knvn.com/content/topstori...CjyUMzn8A.cspx

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    Have Donna's remains been found? I am glad that her mother finally knows what happened to her daughter. But as far as the "missing person" case, are they going to search for her remains?

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    Bumping in hopes for new info...
    "...and know that I will see you again with the rising of the sun..."
    --Aubree Weller (aka my not-so-little-anymore girl)


    If you are or know someone who has ever been parted from a loved one, please take a moment to listen to this song by my daughter; you may find some comfort in its message of reunion. I know I do...
    Much Love and Hope Always,
    --Kiki


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    A 28-year-old missing child case in Trinity County is finally solved, after a convicted murderer in Los Angeles admitted to killing the little girl.

    7-year-old Donna Fowler went missing in Weaverville in 1980. Wayne Smith, a man who lived nearby, refused to talk to investigators and left Trinity County shortly after her disappearance. Smith is currently serving a life sentence for another murder in Los Angeles.

    In October, Smith agreed to talk about Fowler's murder, in exchange for a possible deal in a third homicide case in Los Angeles. During an interview in October, he admitted to killing Fowler, saying he was angry that his wife and kids had left him.

    Smith told investigators that when Fowler came to his shack to visit, she refused to leave. He became angry and strangled her. He said he disposed of her body in the Weaverville landfill.

    Fowler's mother agreed to the deal for information about her daughter since Smith is already serving time and will never be released.

    I am looking for more pictures and info and will update.

    This article is from August 2007 - A little more background. There's a photo gallery on this link.

    http://www.redding.com/news/2007/aug...still-missing/

    Another article with more background regarding her initial disappearance.
    http://www.redding.com/news/2009/jan...d-case-solved/

    A little background on Wayne Smith and his previous murders.
    http://www.redding.com/news/2009/jan...ed-two-others/

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    Thinking of Donna; missing for over 35 years.


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    How sad....the man who admitted to killing Donna told investigators he dumped her body in a landfill. According to the above mentioned news article, the landfill has since been closed and covered with 40 feet of dirt. They will not attempt to recover her remains, saying it would be virtually impossible to find her.


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    How terrible, poor little thing. Makes me so sick. Rest in peace, angel.



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