MO - Diana Braungardt, 18, Crystal City, 11 March 1987

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    My interest stems from the fact I grew up in the area and remember this in the news. I graduated from high school around this period of time, and have always wondered what happened to Diana.

    I also wonder if this is connected in any way to other cases of this period.

    I do know that people would cruise Festus Main Street around this time. This was a big deal. I'm not sure what day she disappeared on, though the date is available. I've always wondered if a predator drove up, picked her up for a ride, and that was it.

    I'm not sure if police found signs of a struggle. Nor, if there were any witnesses or video camera footage.
     
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    More information for those who don't like to click on links:

    Details of Disappearance

    Braungardt was last seen leaving the Venture store where she was employed part-time on March 11, 1987 in Crystal City, Missouri. She finished her shift and was walking to the parking lot at the time, where her family's 1982 yellow Ford Escort was parked. Braungardt never arrived home that evening and has not been seen again. The vehicle was located later in the lot, but there was no trace of Braungardt. She was last seen wearing a Venture smock, bright turquoise pants and a short black coat. She was a senior at Festus High School at the time of her disappearance.

    Samples of Braungardt's blood were released to a Missouri laboratory in 2001 for DNA profiling. The samples will be added to a victims' database in the state. There have been no leads in Braungardt's disappearance and her case remains unsolved.

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: March 11, 1987 from Crystal City, Missouri
    Classification: Involuntary
    Date Of Birth: January 31, 1969
    Age: 18 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 108 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark blonde hair, hazel eyes.
     
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    March 11, 1987 was a Tuesday. That really eleminates my theory that someone picked her up under the guise of "let's cruise Festus Main Street", and then abducted her. School wasn't out, and I don't recall much cruising any nights other than Friday or Saturday.

    The information above, which does not provide many details, indicates her car was located in the Venture parking lot. I wonder if there is any way to tell if it had been moved? Was her Venture smock or coat inside?

    I guess I'll have to hit the library to see what I can dig up, as I don't want to pay for access to those articles online. And even that may not provide many details.

    Any feedback from someone who lives in Jefferson County, and might recall this crime (or other similar disappearances around that time), would be appreciated.
     
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    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    It's been 25 years since high school senior Diana Braungardt left her cashier's job at an eastern Missouri mall and was never seen again.

    Since her disappearance on March 11, 1987, investigators have amassed 11 binders and three boxes of paperwork. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/whb4Rz) reported that authorities have searched for links to serial killers and occasionally hear from out-of-state police seeking to identify bodies.



    Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-...543-57a2-9ca3-3f576d0538a1.html#ixzz1ouhaI5oP
     
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    I live in the area now, but I was not born until 1985 so I don't remember this happening. I just heard about this tonight and I was hoping I could find some info on here about it. There doesn't seem to
    be much anywhere :( truly nothing ever happens here so this in intriguing. The most high profile missing case from around here is Amanda Jones missing from Hillsboro.
     
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    Festus teen's disappearance still a mystery 25 years later. (Post-Dispatch)
    much more at the link above
     
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    26 years and she's still missing. Saw her case at an old episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
     
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    Lilibet Watching and Waiting

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    Diana was about the same age as Curtis Wayne Wright (known as Wayne), currently charged with the murder in FL of Dr. Teresa Sievers, the wife of his childhood friend Mark. CWW is also a POI in the disappearance of Ronnie Bolin in 1996. The cases of
    Diana, Bolin and Amanda Jones (2005) all have an abandoned car in common plus no apparent signs of foul play and no body.

    Can locals shed any light on a possible connection to CWW or any of his associates?

    Curtis Wayne Wright's thread:
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...ight-Charged-with-Murder-in-the-Second-Degree

    Bolin's thread:
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...onnie-A-Bolin-33-Jefferson-County-8-July-1996

    Amanda's thread:
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...illsboro-14-Aug-2005-9-months-pregnant/page41
     

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