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    KS - Tabitha Brewer, 16, Shawnee, 27 April 1998


    Missing Since: April 27, 1998 from Shawnee, Kansas
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: August 22, 1981
    Age: 16 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'7, 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Brewer has scars on her left knee, on her left hand and under her right eye. One of her ears is triple-pierced, while the other ear has a single piercing. Brewer has the initials "TD" on one of her ankles. Her skull and left wrist were previously fractured as the result of a near-fatal car accident that occured when she was fourteen years old. A wire was inserted into Brewer's jaw after an additional injury prior to her 1998 disappearance. Her nickname is Tabby.

    Details of Disappearance

    Brewer visited her father and stepmother at their apartment complex in Shawnee, Kansas on April 27, 1998. Her 19-year-old boyfriend, Nicholas Travis, accompanied her during the late evening hours. A photograph of Travis is posted below this case summary. The couple was last seen departing the residence with a friend, Brandon B. Howell, at approximately 12:00 a.m. They were going to run an errand together. A photograph of Howell is posted below this case summary. He told authorities that he dropped Brewer and Travis off at the Circle K convenience store near 75th Street and Interstate 35. They never returned home.


    Authorities initially assumed the couple ran away together, but soon discovered foul play was likely involved in their disappearances. Both Travis and Brewer's charred identification and Brewer's purse, with her jewelry and pictures of her family inside, were discovered in a dumpster on the corner of 55th Street and Paseo Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri approximately three days after they vanished. There were no other signs of Brewer or Travis at the scene.


    Travis's body was discovered in August 1998, buried in a shallow grave in the 5400 block of the Paseo in Kansas City, Missouri. His corpse was only found a few hundred feet from the location where the couple's belongings were located more than one year earlier. He was the victim of a homicide; he had several fractures in the back of his skull. There was no sign of Brewer at the scene. She has never been heard from again.


    Brewer and Travis had been dating for over a year prior to their disappearances; both lived with Brewer's mother. They had both dropped out of the alternative high school they attended. Brewer's mother stated her daughter had wanted to marry Travis and have his children. Brewer is a good typist and was employed as a secretary at a mortgage company at the time of her disappearance.


    Authorities identified Howell as a suspect in Brewer's disappearance and Travis's murder not long into the investigation. Travis's body was found buried in Howell's father's backyard, and inside the home, blood spatters matching Travis's DNA were located. There was a scuff mark like a shoeprint on the underside of the Howell's car trunk lid as well.
    Investigators initially lacked the evidence to charge Howell. He was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted aggravated robbery and animal cruelty and has been incarcerated since 1999. The charges stemmed from a home invasion robbery. In 2006, eight years after Travis and Brewer disappeared, Howell was charged with the murders of both of them when witnesses came forward with additional information.

    A witness stated that on a night in April 1998, they heard Brewer's voice from inside Howell's father's home, then a man and a woman screaming, and after that the witness saw Howell with blood on his shirt. Howell had also allegedly spoken to several people of a plan to kidnap Brewer and Travis and rob and kill them. Brewer had received a $40,000 car accident settlement shortly before her disappearance, but the money was held in a trust fund and she did not have access to it.



    Howell is awaiting trial for the murders. Brewer has never been found, but foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.



    Left: Howell; Right: Travis

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Shawnee Police Department

    913-631-2151

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    Brandon Howell was found NOT GUILTY today!

    http://www.kansascity.com/news/break...y/1075465.html
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    I wonder if LE has ever considered this Jane Doe as Tabitha? It's awfully coincidental that she has a wire in her jaw, a healed depressed skull fracture, and the date of discovery fits...in Kansas. They only found the woman's skull and a few ribs and estimated her age at 30 - 50, but I think they may have that wrong. The facial reconstruction (bone structure) looks like Tabitha too. What do you think?

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/136ufks.html

    DOE CASE 136ufks

    Located on October 12, 1999 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
    Skeletal remains
    There is no estimated date of death


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    Vital Statistics


    Estimated age: 30 - 40 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5" - 5'8"
    Distinguishing Characteristics: The victim had been involved in some sort of traumatic event, possibly from an automobile accident before she died. She had a fractured jaw that was wired together, the fracture was healed and the wiring should have been removed. There was also a healed fracture to the left temple area that was indented, and this should have been noticed by anyone who seen her. The victim's left ribs were fractured, as well.
    Dental: She had extensive dental work, and later in life, had received poor dental care.


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    Case History
    The victim was found near Edmonds and Sorter Drive on October 12, 1999 in Kansas City, Kansas. Only the skull and some ribs of this victim were found.
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    I just submitted it to KCPD for consideration. I'll let you know what they say. Ugh, if it is Tabitha, it's too bad this wasn't noticed before the trial for Brandon.
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    I received an email today from KCPD and they had previously compared the DNA between this JD and Tabitha and determined that it wasn't a match.
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    Bumping for Tabitha....

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    Thank you for bumping. How awful this perp got off! The link doesn't work anymore so I couldn't read about how it happened that he was pronounced not guilty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckaroozie View Post
    I received an email today from KCPD and they had previously compared the DNA between this JD and Tabitha and determined that it wasn't a match.
    I wonder if it should be double checked... Because Jane Doe's Namus page says her DNA has not been submitted...

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/2436

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    I wonder if it should be double checked... Because Jane Doe's Namus page says her DNA has not been submitted...

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/2436
    I went to the same school as Tabby and Nick (and if I'm not mistaken, Howell as well), but just a tad after they disappeared. We ended up having a lot of mutual friends. I can assure you that DNA has been submitted - her parents are pretty adamant and vigilant about finding her killer and body. There's been a rememberence in the high school yearbook for over ten years for both her and Nick, and if I remember right, there's a college scholarship in her name.

    I am personally convinced that Howell (a classmate) had heard stories about Tabby's potential money, convinced the two of them two hang out and killed Nick in front of her in an attempt to get the money. He probably then drove her to a remote location, in the trunk which would explain the scuff marks in the roof of the inside of the trunk lid, killed her in a last attempt for cash and then dumped her somewhere she wouldn't be found.

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    for Tabitha, missing 15 years this month.

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    Tabitha has never been found, but foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
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    Families ask for help finding bodies of their loved ones

    http://kcmo.gov/police/families-ask-...ir-loved-ones/

    Tabitha Brewer, age 15, left her Shawnee home on the night of April 27, 1998, with her boyfriend Nicholas Travis to meet up with someone in Kansas City. Nicholasís body was found buried at 5422 Paseo, but Tabitha was never found.

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    http://www.kansascity.com/news/local...le1439467.html

    A 34-year-old former convict once acquitted in the killings of two teenagers was charged Wednesday in the death of three people in south Kansas City.

    Jackson County prosecutors charged Brandon B. Howell with three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first-degree assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and felon in possession of a firearm...

    A Jackson County jury in 2009 acquitted Howell in the killing of Johnson County teenagers Tabitha Brewer and Nick Travis, who disappeared in 1998.
    Thread about yesterday's rampage here:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...-home-invasion

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieGranny View Post
    Two more victims later died in hospital, so Brandon Howell is now charged with 5 murders. The jury who found him not guilty of Tabitha and Travis' murders must have felt terrible... If only he'd been found guilty, 5 further murders would have been prevented

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