Details of Disappearance
Mebruer went to the local video store near her home in Zachary, Louisiana on April 18, 1998. She and her young son returned to their residence on Saul Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m. Mebruer has never been seen again. Her son walked to a neighbor's home the following morning and said that his mother was missing. The adults entered the Mebruers' residence and discovered blood on the floor; they then called the authorities.
Evidence inside Mebruer's house indicated signs of a struggle and foul play. There was a pink plastic bag in her carport, which was stained with her blood. Investigators believe that Mebruer was assaulted inside her residence and murdered; they believe her body was taken elsewhere. She was employed as a home health nurse in 1998.
Mebruer's ex-husband was originally a suspect in her disappearance but has since been ruled out.
There was a break in Mebruer's case in February 2004, when DNA testing linked suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee to her presumed murder. A photograph of Lee is posted with this case summary. He is known as the Baton Rouge Serial Killer. A former resident of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, he has been charged with six other murders, attempted murder, and rape. His suspected victims were all Caucasian women living in southern Louisiana. Lee is awaiting trial for all the murders. He is also considered a possible suspect in the disappearances of
, Melinda McGhee
and Glenn Tankersley
Mebruer has never been located. Police continue to search for her remains.