01-25-2008, 02:41 AM #1Former Member
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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.Investigating Agency
Left: Howell; Right: Travis
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Shawnee Police Department
03-09-2009, 10:52 PM #2
Brandon Howell was found NOT GUILTY today!
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03-09-2009, 11:22 PM #3
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?
DOE CASE 136ufks
Located on October 12, 1999 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
There is no estimated date of death
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.
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.KC found her pot of gold in others pockets.
03-09-2009, 11:47 PM #4
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.KC found her pot of gold in others pockets.
03-11-2009, 10:50 PM #5
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.KC found her pot of gold in others pockets.
10-31-2009, 11:16 PM #6
Bumping for Tabitha....
11-01-2009, 02:44 AM #7Former Member
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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.
09-21-2012, 03:10 PM #8
11-05-2012, 01:47 AM #9Registered User
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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.
04-11-2013, 04:34 PM #10
for Tabitha, missing 15 years this month.
Tabitha has never been found, but foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.Here a , there a , everywhere a
03-07-2014, 12:00 PM #11Registered User
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Families ask for help finding bodies of their 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.
09-03-2014, 06:51 PM #12
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.
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