Discussion in '1980's Missing' started by rats, May 7, 2018.
Great work everyone. Let’s find Gail.
Welcome, GRS! Thank you for joining us! It’s exciting to have family of Gail’s here. I am so frustrated we have not gotten anywhere.
Is it possible for you to start to stir up interest in the case again out there? Possibly by suggesting a newspaper article (or two or three or four... as many as possible honestly) so that there can be some new info?
Thank you J Rubio. I finally took the time to read it. It's quite an interesting story and you pinpointed the odd circumstances very good. Personally I don't believe alcohol (or drugs) were involved. Off course Gail could have taken her own life in distress, but somehow I can't "see" her doing that. The political angle (Delta Tunnels vs business plans) is intriguing but it brings on a question. Was the elimination of Pat enough to stop his father and brother going through with the plans?
Just wauww...you are great Rats.
Could the husband with the surname Garcia have something to do with it? @ J Rubio, do you know if he was ever a suspect?
Gail Deann Skelton
Skelton, circa 1980; Sketch of last person known to have seen Skelton
Missing FromSan Joaquin County, California
Date of Birth01/28/1954 (64)
Age26 years old
Height and Weight5'1, 115 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA blue plaid flannel shirt and blue jeans.
Distinguishing CharacteristicsCaucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Skelton may use the last name Brewer.
Details of Disappearance
Skelton was last seen in San Joaquin County, California on September 26, 1980. She attended a party at Herman and Helen's Marina, a now-defunct bar on Empire Tract at the western end of Eight Mile Road, fourteen miles southwest of Lodi, and never returned home. She has never been heard from again and her car, a blue two-door 1978 Toyota, has never been found.
The last person known to have seen Skelton was another patron at the bar that night, described as a 25- to 30-year-old Caucasian man over six feet tall, with dark hair and a thin build. This person was harassing Skelton at the bar and kept wanting to go places with her, and she refused. It isn't clear whether this individual was ever identified or if he is a suspect in her case. A composite sketch of the person is posted with this case summary.
Skelton's fiance, Pat Malone, disappeared on June 9, 1980, three and a half months before she did, from a boat on the Mokelumne River. Eight days later, his body was recovered in the water 200 yards away. Authorities believe his drowning death was an accident and the timing of his and Skelton's disappearance is coincidental.
The couple had lived together on a houseboat and planned to marry in March 1981. Skelton was still grieving over Malone's death at the time of her disappearance, but her family doesn't believe she left of her own accord. They stated whatever problems she had in her life were normal ones and she wasn't having financial difficulties.
The circumstances of Skelton's disappearance are unclear. Authorities believe she may have accidentally driven her car into the water on the night of her disappearance, but there is no evidence to support any theory.
San Joaquin Sheriff's Department 209-468-4412
California Attorney General's Office
The Lodi News Sentinel
Stories of the Forgotten
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 6, 2018; casefile added.
Link: Gail Deann Skelton – The Charley Project
Missing Person Case
She’s been added to Namus!!!
What body of water was closest to the area that she had vanished from?
Awesome job for entering her on Namus!! It seems they were able to get a DNA sample from her family.
Is anyone willing to submit Gail to Doe network?
Last I read, Doe was only taking reports from law enforcement agencies. Does anyone know if that's no longer the case?
Can anybody check Namus if there is DNA available for Gail?
That information is no longer made public. Apparently it's considered the missing person's private medical data.
Yep, I’m guessing they must’ve gotten a sample from LE because it took months for them to publish her case.
Thank you StarrChance, I had his birth and death information but hadn't seen the Obituary before. I am still on the case and trying to figure out just what happened to both Gail and Pat.
GRS, from all the information I have gathered, the mystery continues to deepen the further I get pulled into it. I have been perplexed by the address in Stockton as well, and I have often wanted to go knock on the door and ask if they knew who Gail was. I haven't done it though, not yet any way. I contacted the Sherrif's department asking if they had any knowledge but no one got back to me. I wrote the coroner's office in Sacramento given the fact where Pat was found it was actually more Sacramento County than San Joaquin, but they have no record of his death at all. I am currently trying to see if San Joaquin County has the records. As of now, I am writing a more in depth chapter for my new book with more information sans the names of living relatives of Pat's but including a lot of stories I have been given permission to mention by them. My overall take on this is that there is a lot more to the story than any of us can imagine. If you ever want to get a hold of me feel free to private email me at my website. www.jaimerubiowriter.com
It looks like Gail is FINALLY public on NamUs!!!
Maybe my imagination is far to big, but could there be an IRA connection?
I doubt it, IRA did launched several attacks in Europe in 70's and 80's, but their targets were always either British military (sometimes their families) or British diplomats, as far as I can remember, they never do a hit in US, and killing an ordinary citizens in a foreign country who had no tie to UK government was not IRA's style