Debra Mae Vanluven

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Above: Vanluven, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 1, 1997 from Roseburg, Oregon
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 42 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'5, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Vanluven's nickname is Deb. She may use the last names Gustin and/or Payne.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Vanluven was last seen in Roseburg, Oregon on March 1, 1997. She was in the company of her live-in boyfriend, Michael John "Cowboy Mike" Braae, at the time of her disappearance. A photo of Braae is posted below this case summary. He had lived with her in Montana as well as Oregon. Vanluven has never been heard from again.

    Braae is a suspected serial killer. In 2008, he was convicted of raping and murdering a Lacey, Washington woman and sentenced to 48 years in prison. He had also been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of another woman, but the victim, who was brain-damaged in the attack, was unable to testify and the jury deadlocked at eleven to one for conviction. Braae is the prime suspect in Vanluven's disappearance, the disappearance of Susan Ault and the murder of Velina Larson, among other women's cases. He hasn't faced any additional charges, however.

    Foul play is suspected in Vanluven's case due to the circumstances involved. Her case remains unsolved.

    Braae
    Above: Michael Braae

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Douglas County Sheriff's Office
    541-440-4293

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    KOMO TV
    The Olympian
    Douglas County Sheriff's Office

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 27, 2017; picture added.

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