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CA DEBRA LEE VOWELL: Missing from San Diego, CA - 24 January 1979 - Age 21

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by Scorpio, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Details of Disappearance

    Debra was last seen in southern California on January 24, 1979. She and her husband, Dennis Vowell, and a companion, Gary Newton, disappeared off the coast of San Diego on their 41-foot fishing boat, theArmistice. A photograph of the boat is posted below this case summary. An extensive air and sea search by the United State Coast Guard covered the ocean between San Luis Obisbo, California and Ensenada, Mexico, but no sign of the Vowells, Newton, or the boat was ever found.
    Two years after the Vowells vanished, Debra's grandfather, a sergeant with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, received a collect telephone call in the middle of the night. When he asked the operator who it was he heard someone shout, "It's Debbie. I am trying to go to California." Then the call disconnected. Debra's grandfather, who is now deceased, believed the voice he heard was Debra's. No one in her family has heard from her since and the caller has never been definitively identified.

    Authorities believe the disappeared of theArmisticeand its occupants is linked to a large-scale marijuana smuggling organization which has been connected to other missing boats and crew members. TheArmisticewas owned by Dennis and a San Clemente, California surgeon, Morris Frederick Skinner. Skinner had a business partner, Luis Alvarez, who is suspected in cases of fraud, theft, organized crime, car bombings, narcotic sales, smuggling, kidnapping and murder.

    Debra's case was investigated only by the Coast Guard in 1979. In 2003, one of her family members filed a missing persons report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's cold case unit opened an investigation. Her disappearance, her husband's, and Newton's remain unsolved.

    Photographs of Dennis and Newton are unavailable. Dennis's date of birth is June 11, 1956 and Newton's is March 12, 1956; the men were 22 years old in January 1979.

    Above: The Armistice
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    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Vowell was last seen in Southern California on January 24, 1979. Debra had been married just a short time at the time of her disappearance. On that day, Debra, her husband Dennis Vowell and Gary Newton disappeared off the coast of San Diego on their 41 foot fishing boat,"The Armistice". An air/sea search by the United States Coast Guard from San Luis Obisbo to Ensenada, Mexico yielded negative results.

    Two years later, Debra's grandfather, a Los Angeles Sheriff Sergeant received a collect call late at night. When he asked the operator who it was from he heard Debra shout "it's Debbie I am trying to get to California." The phone then went dead and there has been nothing heard from her since.

    A background investigation into the history of The Armistice linked the boat to a large scale marijuana smuggling organization which was connected to several sunken boats and other crew members missing.

    On 1979, Debra's parents reported her missing to the Coast Guard only. In 2003, a family member asked an investigator with the Los Angeles Cold Case Unit for help. At the request of this investigator, Orange County Sheriff took a courtesy report, and then the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Cold Case Unit opened an investigation into Debra's disappearance. Debra is the daughter of retired Hollywood producer David Powers. The boat and all occupants are still missing.
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