CANADA BC - Brenda Byman, 12, Wilmer, May 7, 1961

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  1. ImpishnAdmirable

    ImpishnAdmirable New Member

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    Brenda Byman
    Missing since May 7, 1961 from Wilmer, British Columbia, Canada
    Classification: Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: March 10, 1949
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'8"; 90 lbs
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Strawberry blonde hair, brown eyes.
    Marks, Scars: N/A
    Clothing: Grey and faded black check slacks, faded out parka jacket dyed royal blue with fur-lined pink hood, dark blue sweater, white blouse, yellow scarf with flowered four-inch border, and size 6 blue and white saddle type shoes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    It was a spring day in May of 1961 when 12-year-old Brenda Byman went missing from the Lake Enid area in British Columbia. Brenda had been staying at her grandmother’s house in Wilmer, BC, when she and four other youths walked the five kilometers to Lake Enid to go swimming and hiking on May 7, 1961. The other youths that were with Brenda at the time of her disappearance were Vivian Barrett, Edward Carson, John Carson, and Elwood Godlien. The night before her disappearance she had stayed over at Vivian Barrett’s house.

    After arriving at Lake Enid, Vivian and Edward left the group, leaving Brenda, John and Elwood at the lake. Later, while on their way home at approximately 4:30 p.m., it is claimed that Brenda decided to hurry and started up a steep hill alone, in the wrong direction. One of the boys shouted that she was going in the wrong direction but she continued. When the boy got to the top of the hill, he was unable to locate her. She has not been seen since, and several searches of the area yielded no clues as to her whereabouts. Both boys said they heard a car in the distance.

    Some have accused the boys who were last with Brenda with her disappearance, while others speculate that she was picked up by a passerby or got lost in the bush.

    Investigators:
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Brent Ayers
    Columbia Valley RCMP
    250-342-9292

    Source Information:
    Please Bring Me Home
    Columbia Valley Pioneer

    LINKS:
    https://pleasebringmehome.com/brenda-byman/
    Missing Valley girl still sought | Columbia Valley Pioneer
     


  2. Andreee

    Andreee Well-Known Member

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    Globe and Mail past article. Wonder if there were any ever any further reports about the bones discovered 5 kilometres away from Enid Lake. Secret pact linked to B.C. mystery
     
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    two things contradictory here - why was she wearing winter clothing (parka jacket and sweater) in May and also was it really warm enough to go swimming?

    also wondering how old the boys were that she was with?
     
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    Andreee Well-Known Member

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    A Canadian here to answer that question :) Wilmer is close to our majestic Rocky Mtns. and in May it isn't unusual for that region to be cool in BC. As for the swimming, I think it would be quite brisk!
     
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    Andreee Well-Known Member

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    Here is one article that has more information re. the found skeleton possibly related to this case, and it says one of the boys was at least 18. Also, additional details about this case. Brenda Byman 2001 TO National Post - most info - Newspapers.comt 18.' It would be good to know if this skeleton was ever (re) found, let alone id'ed after initially being discovered in the 70's. I do recall reading in another article that at some point some other remains had been found of a different person, so clarification needed.
     
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  7. ImpishnAdmirable

    ImpishnAdmirable New Member

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    I don't believe they were able to relocate the skeletal remains again that those boys had found in the 1970s. As for the weather, I did find one source that mentioned a hailstorm the day in question, so the clothing does make sense if you account for that.

    Source: Clipping from Calgary Herald - Newspapers.com
     
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