03-20-2008, 03:14 AM #1Former Member
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Roger Dale Madison (15) - Sylmar CA, 1968
Missing Since: December 16, 1968 from Sylmar, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: October 13, 1953
Age: 15 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
Details of Disappearance
Madison was last seen leaving his home in the 14500 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar, California on December 16, 1968. He rode away from his house on his motorcycle. Madison never returned home and has never been heard from again.
Authorities believe Mack Ray Edwards was responsible for Madison's disappearance. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. In 1970, Edwards pleaded guilty to killing three California children and sentenced to death at his own request. He confessed to killing Madison and two other missing children, Brenda Howell and Donald Baker. Madison was a classmate of Edwards's adopted son. Edwards stated he had stabbed him to death in an orange grove and buried his body under the 23 Freeway in Thousand Oaks, California.
The freeway was under construction at the time and Edwards says he used a bulldozer to bury Madison's body. Authorities believe he was also most likely responsible for the murders of several other children and the disappearances of Thomas Bowman, Bruce Kremen and Karen Tompkins. Edwards lead authorities to a site where he said he had buried some of his victims, but no evidence was located and he was never charged in connection with any of the missing children's cases. He committed suicide on death row in 1971. A photograph of Edwards is posted below this case summary. His alleged victims ranged in age from eight years to sixteen.
Foul play is suspected in Madison's case due to the circumstances involved. His case was reopened in 2007 as authorities renewed the search for the bodies of Edwards's victims. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped construct many highways across the state of California. Investigators believe he may have buried the children's remains under the highways.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Sylmar Police Department
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