Rebecca Pauline Gary

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Above Images: Gary, circa 1988


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 27, 1988 from Baton Rouge, Lousiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 27, 1956
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'4, 105 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Gary has a birthmark on her right leg near her knee and a tattoo on her right arm; the tattoo is of a lion, a lion's head or a Leo astrological sign. Her nickname is Becky.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Gary was last seen at her apartment in the 8300 block of Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, Lousiana on December 27, 1988. She has never been heard from again. The building manager found the apartment lights and coffee maker on. The bathtub had been filled with water. Gary's driver's license, purse and car keys were in the bedroom. A packed suitcase was on the bed and family photos were spread across the bed.

    When the manager checked a few weeks later, the lights were off but the suitcase and photographs were still on the bed. The rest of her clothes were hanging in the closet, and her car was parked in the parking lot. An autographed photograph of Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards was found torn up on a counter in her home. Gary has never been heard from again. She was reported as a missing person on January 14, 1989, two and a half weeks after she was last seen.

    Gary's daughter, Jamie Williams, believes Edwards was involved in her mother's disappearance. She claims Gary was "obsessed" with Edwards and that the two of them had had an affair. Gary reportedly was planning to end the affair at the time she went missing. When he was questioned about Gary, Edwards said he had no involvement in her disappearance and also denied having had a romantic relationship with her. His office did turn over several letters Gary had written him. In 2001, Edwards was convicted of unrelated charges of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy and sentenced to ten years in prison.

    Gary was employed as a waitress at the time of her disappearance. She lived with Williams and was raising her alone; her daughter's father was not a part of their lives. Gary had insisted Williams take a bus to spend the 1988 Christmas holidays with relatives in Shreveport, Louisiana. They had an argument about it at the bus station. This is the last time Williams saw her mother.

    Authorities describe Gary's disappearance as suspicious. They stated her apartment appeared as if she had been packing to go somewhere and had been interrupted. For about a year prior to going missing, Gary had carried a large manila envelope. She hid it under her bed and told her mother that if anything happened to her, her relatives should open the envelope and examine the contents. The envelope was missing from Gary's apartment after she vanished.

    Williams is still searching for her mother and believes there is a possibility that she left voluntarily in 1988 and is still alive. Gary's case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Baton Rouge Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Detroit Free Press
    LA Repository for Unidentified & Missing People


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 9, 2009; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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