Susan Lynn Ault

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Above: Ault, circa 2001

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 24, 2001 from Rosburg, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 25, 1961
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Ault has a tattoo on her left wrist.
  • Medical Conditions: Ault had a long-standing drug addiction at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ault was last seen in Rosburg, Washington on June 24, 2001. She was employed as a waitress at the Hunter's Inn bar at the time. She had argued with her live-in boyfriend of two months, Michael John "Cowboy Mike" Braae, the day she vanished. A month after Ault vanished, some personal items of hers, including a credit card, were found near Castle Rock, Washington. There was no sign of Ault, however, and she has never been heard from again.

    Ault's sister reported her missing. At first police believed she had merely gone off on a drug binge without telling anyone, but Braae is now the prime suspect in her disappearance. He is a suspected serial killer. In 2008, he was convicted in the 2001 rape and murder of 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-damaged in the attack, was unable to testify and the jury deadlocked at eleven to one for conviction. Braae is also considered a suspect in the death of Velina Larson and the disappearance of Debra Vanluven. Larson, like Ault, had argued with Brae shortly before her disappearance, and VanLuven had dated him. Braae was ruled out as a suspect in the disappearance of Phyllis Lewellen. A photo of him is posted below this case summary.

    Ault's purse and credit cards were discovered shortly after she was last seen, at a rest stop off Interstate 5 near the Tuttle River and the town of Castle Rock. Nothing else was located, however. Braae will not speak to police about Ault's disappearance, which remains unsolved. Nobody has been charged in connection with her case.

    Ault is an accomplished horseback rider and a dog owner. She resided in Cathlamet, Washington at the time of her disappearance. In 2008, her case was declared a homicide and a death certificate was issued for her.

    Braae
    Above: Michael Braae

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office
    360-795-3242

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    Source Information
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Department
    The Tacoma News Tribune
    CrimeNews 2000
    KOMO TV
    Washington State Missing Persons
    The Olympian

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 26, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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