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Missing Ann Mineko Racz
Ann, circa 1991
Missing Since 04/22/1991
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 01/17/1949 (72)
Age 42 years old
Height and Weight 5'3, 113 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Asian female. Graying black hair, brown eyes. Ann has a scar extending from her navel to her pubic area, and her ears are pierced. She may use the last name Yoshiyama. Her surname is pronounced "Race." Some accounts spell her name "Anne" and some accounts give the date of her disappearance as March 22, 1991. Ann is of Japanese descent.
Details of Disappearance Ann was last seen in Newhall, California on April 22, 1991. She dropped off her three children at the residence of her husband, John Racz, near Valencia, California during the day. She planned to purchase hambugers at a nearby McDonald's afterwards, but she never returned to pick up her children and has not been heard from again.
Ann had separated from her husband four days before and filed for divorce. She was already seeing another man at the time. She moved into a condominium with their children.
Ann's Plymouth station wagon was discovered abandoned near the airport in Van Nuys, California on April 26, 1991, more than one month after her disappearance. There was no sign of her at the scene.
John claimed that Ann departed on an extended trip and he gave her $25,000 to spend. He said he spoke to her on the telephone after she left. Authorities never believed that Ann left her home voluntarily and suspected that she was the victim of foul play.
After Ann's disappearance, a cold pizza was found sitting on the kitchen table in her condominium. Investigators considered this to be odd, as Ann was considered a meticulous housekeeper who would not normally have left food out. She had gone on vacations before, and whenever she did so she would pre-address mailing labels so she could send postcards to her loved ones.
Nevertheless, they felt the case was strong enough to go to trial, since Ann was such a methodical woman who would be unlikely to vanish on her own. In addition, she had told friends she was afraid of John and thought he might kill her and hide her body so no one could find it.
John was convicted of first-degree murder in August 2007. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. At sentencing, John maintained his innocence in his wife's disappearance and stated she left him of her own accord. Ann's remains have never been located.
Some agencies may list April 24, 1991 as the date of Ann's disappearance.
Investigating Agency / Department
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department