Ramona Irene Price

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Left and Center: Ramona, circa 1961;
Right: Age-progression to age 59 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 2, 1961 from Santa Barbara, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 24, 1954
  • Age: 7 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ramona's hair was cut in a pixie style at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown and white pullover sweater, brown pants with fine pinstripes, and flip-flops.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ramona was last seen in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California at 11:00 a.m. on September 2, 1961. Her family was in the process of moving, and she told her father she was going to walk from their Oak Avenue home to their new house. The distance was seven miles and her father didn't believe she would actually do it. Half an hour later, Ramona's parents realized she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Dogs later tracked her scent for close to two miles down Modoc Road near the 101 Freeway, which was under construction at the time.

    Two brothers who were known sex offenders were initially considered suspects in Ramona's disappearance. The men admitted they'd seen Ramona walking along Modoc Road and that they'd spoken to her, but they denied having harmed her. They were cleared of involvement after both of them passed lie detector tests. One witness reported seeing Ramona climb into a faded blue 1953 or 1954 Plymouth. The vehicle's driver was described as a Caucasian man between 30 and 40, with dark eyes and hair, a receding hairline and thin features. He wore an open-collared sport shirt over a white undershirt. He was never identified. No other trace of Ramona could be found.

    Authorities believe Mack Ray Edwards may have been responsible for Ramona's disappearance. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. In 1970, Edwards pleaded guilty to killing three California children and sentenced to death at his own request. He confessed to killing Roger Madison and two other missing children, Brenda Howell and Donald Baker. Edwards was looking at the 101 Freeway construction site at the time of Ramona's disappearance, and investigators believe he buried her body in the vicinity. He claimed he used a bulldozer to bury Madison's body. Authorities believe he was also most likely responsible for the murders of several other children and the disappearances of Thomas Bowman, Bruce Kremen and Karen Tompkins.

    Edwards lead authorities to a site where he said he had buried some of his victims, but no evidence was located. He committed suicide on death row in 1971. A photograph of Edwards is posted below this case summary. His alleged victims ranged in age from seven to sixteen years old.

    Ramona's parents are both deceased, but her older sister is still alive. In 2011, authorities mounted a new search for her body at the 101 Freeway.

    Mack Ray Edwards
    Above: Mack Ray Edwards

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Santa Barbara Police Department
    805-897-2300

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    Source Information
    The Whittier Daily News
    KTLA
    The Los Angeles Times
    The Santa Barbara Independent
    EdHat Santa Barbara
    Noozhawk
    The Pasadena Independent
    The Knapp Family
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 2, 2014; age-progression added.

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