Carlene Brown

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Above Images: Carlene, circa 1974

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 4, 1974 from Rawlins, Wyoming
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 1955
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'3, 100 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Reddish brown hair, brown eyes. Brown has surgical scars on the big toes of both feet.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carlene was last seen in Rawlins, Wyoming on July 4, 1974. She and a 19-year-old friend, Christy Gross, visited the Little Britches Rodeo that day. Both of them disappeared afterwards, and their car was found abandoned in Worland, Wyoming. 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.

    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. A photo of Christy is posted below this case summary.

    Two other females besides Carlene and Christy disappeared in July and August 1974 in the Rawlins area. Deborah Meyer disappeared on August 4, and 10-year-old Jayleen Dawn Banker disappeared on August 23. Jayleen's body was found in a field sometime after her disappearance. Deborah has never been located.

    Royal Russell Long is considered a possible suspect in Deborah and Carlene's disappearances and Christy and Jayleen's murders. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Sharon Baldeagle and was also charged with the murders of Cinda Pallett and Charlotte Kinsey, but the latter charges were dismissed for lack of evidence. 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 below 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. Carlene's mother, father and brother are all now deceased. Her case remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.

    Long Gross
    Left: Royal Russell Long;
    Right: Christy Gross

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Carbon County Sheriff's Department
    307-328-2782

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    NewsLibrary
    NamUs
    The Rawlins Times
    The Billings Gazette

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 17, 2015; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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