Debra Mae Vanluven
Vanluven, approximately 1997; Michael Braae
Date reported missing : 03/01/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0 - 5'5, 105 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Vanluven's nickname is Deb. She may use the last names Gustin and/or Payne.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Vanluven was last seen in Roseburg, Oregon on March 1, 1997. She was in the company of her live-in boyfriend, Michael John "Cowboy Mike" Braae, at the time of her disappearance. A photo of Braae is posted with this case summary. He had lived with her in Montana as well as Oregon. Vanluven has never been heard from again.
Braae is a suspected serial killer. In 2008, he was convicted of raping and murdering a Lacey, Washington woman and sentenced to 48 years in prison. He had also been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of another woman, but the victim, who was brain-damAge at the time of disappearance: d in the attack, was unable to testify and the jury deadlocked at eleven to one for conviction.
Braae is the prime suspect in Vanluven's disappearance, the disappearance ofÂ Susan Ault and the murder of Velina Larson, among other women's cases. He hasn't faced any additional charges, however, and he was ruled out as a suspect in the disappearance of Phylis Lewellen.
Foul play is suspected in Vanluven's case due to the circumstances involved. Her case remains unsolved.
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