Pamela Huebner

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Above: Huebner, circa 1971

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 9, 1971 from Houston, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Huebner, a housewife, was last seen in Houston, Texas on June 9, 1971. In 1972, Harry Andrew Lanham confessed to raping and killing her. A tow truck driver, Lanham had prior convictions for rape and assault. He and another man, a convicted rapist named Anthony Michael "Tony" Knoppa Jr., are believed to have murdered six young women in Texas between June and November 1971. They were convicted of one murder; Lanham was sentenced to 25 years in prison and Knoppa to 50 years. Photos of both men are posted below this case summary.

    Authorities believe Lanham could have been responsible for a total of nine deaths. He was never charged in Huebner's presumed murder. Twice he lead authorities to places where he said he'd put her body, but both times police searches turned up nothing and Lanham admitted he had lied about the location of the remains. On December 30, 1973, while he and Knoppa were still awaiting trial in the other murders, Lanham was shot by police while trying to break out of the Harris County Jail. The pending charges against Knoppa were dropped after Lanham's death because Lanham had been the primary witness against him. Knoppa was released from prison in 1989, having served 15 years of his 50-year sentence.

    Huebner's body has never been found.

    Lanham Knoppa
    Left: Harry Lanham;
    Right: Anthony Knoppa

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Brazoria County Sheriff's Office
    979-388-2216

    OR
    Houston Police Department
    832-394-1872

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Reading Eagle
    The Bend Bulletin
    Official Cold Case Investigations

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 30, 2016; casefile added.

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