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Missing Carlene Brown
Carlene, circa 1974; Christy Gross; Royal Russell Long
Missing Since 07/04/1974
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 01/14/1955 (66)
Age 19 years old
Height and Weight 5'0 - 5'3, 100 - 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Brown has surgical scars on the big toes of both feet.
Details of Disappearance Carlene was last seen in Rawlins, Wyoming on July 4, 1974. She and a 19-year-old friend, Christine Ann "Christy" Gross, visited the Little Britches Rodeo at the fairgrounds that day. Both of them disappeared afterwards, and their vehicle was found abandoned. (Accounts differ as to where; it was either at the fairgrounds or in the town of Worland, Wyoming, over 200 miles to the north.)
Authorities initially believed they'd left on their own, but began to investigate other possibilities as time passed and no one heard from either of the women. A photo of Christy is posted with this case summary.
Christy's body was found three miles south of Sinclair, Wyoming in October 1983, nine years after her disappearance; she had been killed by two heavy blows to the skull. There was no sign of Carlene at the scene and she has never been heard from again. Deborah has also never been found. Jayleen and Christy's homicides are unsolved.
Long lived in the Rawlins area in 1974 and worked at local fairs and carnivals. He died in prison in 1993 and was never convicted in connection with any missing people besides Sharon. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.
Carlene was adopted, and investigators don't know the identity or whereabouts of her birth family. Her adoptive parents divorced prior to 1974. She lived in Rawlins with her father and brother at the time of her disappearance; her mother lived in Colorado. She had graduated from Rawlins High School in 1973; she had been active in many extracurricular activities, including sports, during her school years.
All of Carlene's adoptive family are now deceased. Her case remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.
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