OK OK - Kathleen, 30, & Royce Henson, 1, Tulsa, 23 March 1979

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  1. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    I recently learned about this case. It probably could have been solved back in 1979 but after the initial investigation, it wasn't examined again until 1984. Kathleen Henson was reportedly afraid of a male acquaintance who was involved in criminal activity. I guess there was never enough evidence to list him as a suspect and his name has never been released. In a more recent article, both her father and Eamon (her other son, who was nine or ten at the time) believe that her abusive boyfriend had her killed. It's not specified if the abusive boyfriend is the same person as the male acquaintance. Also, I'm not sure if Eamon and Royce were brothers or half-brothers. They have the same last name but "the abusive boyfriend" is specified as Royce's father and not Eamon's father. I only mention this because that night they disappeared, Eamon was with his father. Therefore if they do have the same dad, I doubt he was involved.


    NamUs - Kathleen Henson

    NamUs - Royce Henson

    Doe Network - Kathleen Henson

    Doe Network - Royce Henson

    Charley Project - Kathleen Henson

    Charley Project - Royce Henson


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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: March 23, 1979 from Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth: October 5, 1977
    • Age: 1 year old
    • Height and Weight: 2'9, 35 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) male. Black hair, brown eyes.

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: March 23, 1979 from Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth: July 30, 1948
    • Age: 30 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'7, 125 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Kathleen's nickname is Kathy. Her ears are pierced and she may wear contact lenses.

    Details of Disappearance
    Kathleen disappeared with her baby son, Royce. They were last seen together in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 23, 1979. Kathleen worked at Roger's Records in the 5000 block of north Peoria Avenue and had access to concert tickets as a result of her job. At 11:30 p.m. on the day of her disappearance, she called some friends and said she was going to their home to give them tickets and would be there within an hour. Kathleen was driving her father's car, a brown four-door 1969 Chrysler sedan. She and Royce never arrived and have never been heard from again.

    Kathleen is divorced and left behind a ten-year-old son, Eamon, whom she was very close to. She dropped him off at his father's place of business the evening of March 23. Eamon was supposed to only stay with his father for a few hours. Later that evening, Eamon's father dropped him off at Kathleen's house without realizing Kathleen wasn't there. The house was locked and Eamon didn't have a key, so he crawled in through a window and went to bed. When he woke up in the morning and realized his mother still wasn't home, he called her best friend, who called Kathleen's parents.

    On March 25, Kathleen's father's vehicle was found locked and abandoned at the corner of Ute Street and Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. It was parked crookedly, which is uncharacteristic of her driving. There was no sign of the Hensons at the scene. Kathleen's straw coin purse, driver's license, Social Security card, a baby bottle and one credit card were inside the car. She wasn't carrying any money, extra clothing, or diapers or bottles for Royce at the time of her disappearance. Kathleen's loved ones don't believe she knew anyone living in the area where her car was found. When authorities searched the Hensons' home, they found no indications of a struggle.

    Prior to her disappearance, Kathleen mentioned being afraid of a male acquaintance who was involved with criminal activity. At first her parents believed she'd left of her own accord to get a break, but as weeks passed and no one heard from her, they concluded something else must have happened to her and Royce. There's been no sign of either of them since 1979.

    When Kathleen and Royce were initially reported missing, the police checked her car and apartment for evidence but didn't investigate their cases any further. They didn't reopen their investigation until 1984, when Kathleen's mother inquired as to the status of her daughter's case. Foul play is suspected in Kathleen and Royce's disappearances, which remain unsolved.


    Parents mystified by disappearance - September 29, 1979

    Police cite need for missing persons bureau - July 8, 1984

    DNA Project May Help Families Of Missing - April 9, 2008
     
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  3. wendybtn

    wendybtn Well-Known Member

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    If she left of her own accord, she would have taken both children. The area of 51st and Peoria was not a safe area at night back in 1979. I cannot remember where Ute Street is in relation to her work place, but my best guess is back towards downtown. That would be an even higher crime area 35 years ago. If Tulsa has a Cold Case unit, I wonder what a renewed visit by a detective could shake out of an abusive acquaintance or ex-lover??
    I wonder if her parents are still alive?
    (I grew up in Tulsa. I still visit sometimes and the city has a special place in my heart.)
     
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    MaryLamb New Member

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    How tragic. Kathleen Henson's sister, Patricia Higginbotham Klein, was my college roommate in 1969. The same year that Kathleen disappeared, Patricia died in her sleep. So the parents lost both their daughters and a grandchild. Patricia was a lovely person and very smart. So sad that both girls lives were cut short.
     
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    Not the same father, and Eamon certainly seems to think Royce's dad is the perpetrator. Screenshot attached. Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 7.04.37 PM.jpg
     
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    taramarie Member

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    I wonder who Royce's father was, if he's still alive, & what he's been up to since 1979.
     
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    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/loca...cle_c7557583-ced6-5e2e-b1e7-bc58d056dafa.html

    "When I got inside the house and she was not home, I was immediately panic-stricken. She was always home when I was home, and Royce was gone, too," he said. "I cried myself to sleep. When I woke the next day and they were still not there, it was all I could do to get to the phone and call someone."
    He said his mother was involved with a man who was a known drug-trafficker, according to police. Royce is their son."
     
  10. Jake479

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    Bumping
     
  11. Anika

    Anika New Member

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    Could she be this Jane Doe? http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/255ufok.html

    1) The height and weight are right;
    2) same state, within hours of where she disappeared;
    3) this Jane Doe could have gone missing in 1979, which was when Kathleen went missing;
    4) the age is high, I realize, but to me, the faces are similar, esp. the pointed/prominent chin.
    5) While there's no mention of Kathleen having a tattoo, it's possible she was just discreet about it with those in her family; the area where the tatt was would be easy to hide under clothing.

    Kathleen Henson is not on the Exclusion List for this Jane Doe, but I am not sure how to go about telling someone about this, because I have never made a match. Does anyone else think it's a possibility? If so, what is next?

    Thank you!
     

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