WA WA - Wendy Aughe, 29, Bellingham, 25 Apr 1987

Melt71

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Case created in Namus 23 March 2020 but has been in Charley Project since 2004.
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Wendy L. Aughe – The Charley Project

#MP67484 Wendy Aughe, Female, White / Caucasian (Charley Project lists name as Wendy L. Aughe)
Date of Last Contact April 25, 1987
Missing From Bellingham, Washington
Demographics
Missing Age 29 Years
Current Age 62 Years
First Name Wendy
Middle Name--
Last Name Aughe
Sex Female
Height 5' 6" (66 Inches)
Weight 105 lbs
Race / Ethnicity White / Caucasian

Circumstances
Foul Play Possible
NamUs Case CreatedMarch 23, 2020
Last Known Location Map
Location Bellingham, Washington 98225
County Whatcom County
Circumstances: was last seen April 25, 1987 leaving a restaurant in Bellingham, WA. Her car was found a short time later in Eugene, OR but she has never been located. Aughe was a beauty school student and the mother of two young children in 1987. It was uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.
Physical Description
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Distinctive Physical Features
Item - Description - Pierced ears
Tattoo - Tattoo on right forearm
 

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More details from Charley Project:

Details of Disappearance
Aughe was last seen leaving La Paloma Restaurant in Bellingham, Washington during the early morning hours of April 25, 1987. She was driving her 1972 Ford Torino, which was painted red with a black vinyl top. She was accompanied by the restaurant's bartender, a drifter who called himself Mike Johnson.

Johnson's real name is Darren Dee O'Neall. A photograph of O'Neall is posted with this case summary. Aughe has never been heard from again. Her car was found abandoned in Eugene, Oregon on May 2. O'Neall's fingerprints were inside. When authorities searched Aughe's apartment after her disappearance, they found signs of a struggle, including pools of blood, semen stains and bloodsoaked bedsheets and linen.

An all-points bulletin was issued for O'Neall. He had worked for the La Paloma Restaurant for only two days before he disappeared after emptying the cash register and stealing liquor. The United States Customs authorities reported photographing him driving across the border into Canada in Aughe's car. He was apparently alone in the vehicle at the time.

O'Neill was charged with the murder of another young woman, Robin Smith, who disappeared four weeks before Aughe did. Her body was found in May 1987. O'Neill was not arrested until September 1987. He pleaded guilty to Smith's murder in 1989 and was sentenced to life in prison. He was also convicted of second-degree auto theft for for stealing Aughe's car and for an unrelated kidnapping and rape. He is still incarcerated.

Aughe was a beauty school student and the mother of two young children in 1987. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. She has never been located and O'Neill hasn't been charged in her disappearance because of a lack of evidence, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.
 

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Wendy's killer may have killed 6+ women according to media reports - he is serving life without parole for one of these offences.

Wendy has previously been suggested as a potential match to a UID www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/or-mount-hood-nf-whtfem-up10671-18-40-off-forest-road-4410-jun03.194148/#post-13692685

Below 2 photos are from Namus:
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Her earrings were found at a campsite according to one newspaper article I read. I'm thinking this woman was left somewhere remote because O'Neall had a fascination with the outdoors and he was a devotee of American fiction that focused on the old west. He fantasized about having a woman share a backcountry life with him. Also, I wonder if he went into Canada with the body in the trunk and left it there.

Missing Person's Commentary: Wendy Aughe Missing Since 1987 -- NamUs #MP67484
 
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