Mimi Boomhower

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Above Images: Boomhower, circa 1949

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 18, 1949 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 48 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Boomhower has a heavy build.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Furs and expensive jewelry, including a diamond-encrusted bracelet, two diamond rings and a diamond breastpin.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Boomhower was last heard from when she spoke to a friend by telephone from her home in Los Angeles, California on August 18, 1949. The friend called her between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. After the conversation was over, Boomhower changed clothes, leaving the old dress on her bed, and left her home. She left her car locked and parked in the garage, an uneaten salad on the dining room table, and all the lights turned on. She has never been heard from again. She had many social engagements scheduled for the week of her disappearance and missed them all without notifying anyone, which is uncharacteristic of her.

    Boomhower's white handbag was found in a telephone booth at a supermarket in Los Angeles five days after she disappeared. On the side of the purse someone had written a message in ink: "Police Dept.ówe found this at beach Thursday night." Thursday was the day of Boomhower's disappearance. The purse contained a credit card, Boomhower's driver's license, her car keys, her compact and her lipstick. There no evidence that the purse had been exposed to sand or water. This was the last known trace of Boomhower.

    Boomhower disappeared on the sixth anniversary of the death of her husband, a linoleum tycoon and big game hunter. Because of the timing, authorities looked into the possibility that she had taken her own life. They could find no evidence to support this theory. Boomhower is described as a very social, fun-loving woman. She gave the appearance of a wealthy individual, but in fact she was having financial problems at the time of her disappearance. She had pawned some of her jewelry and was trying to sell her late husband's big game trophies, and she had taken out a home equity loan and additional loans. When she was declared legally dead seven years after her disappearance, her estate was appraised at only a minimal value. Investigators believe she was murdered, but the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unclear.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department
    213-485-2505

    OR
    213-485-2129

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Official Cold Case Investigations
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette
    The Long Beach Independent

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 23, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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