Details of Disappearance
Ault was last seen outside the trailer where she lived in Rosburg, Washington on June 24, 2001. She was employed as a waitress at the Hunter's Inn bar at the time. She had argued with her live-in boyfriend of two months, Michael John "Cowboy Mike" Braae, the day she went missing.
A month after Ault vanished, some personal items of hers, including a credit card, were found at a rest stop off Interstate 5, near the Tuttle River and the city of Castle Rock, Washington. There was no sign of Ault, however, and she has never been heard from again.
Ault's sister reported her missing. At first police believed she had merely gone off on a drug binge without telling anyone, but Braae is now the prime suspect in her disappearance.
He is a suspected serial killer. In 2008, he was convicted in the 2001 rape and murder of 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 also considered a suspect in the death of Velina Larson and the disappearance of Debra Vanluven. Larson, like Ault, had argued with Brae shortly before her disappearance, and VanLuven had dated him. Braae was ruled out as a suspect in the disappearance of Phylis Lewellen. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.
Braae will not speak to police about Ault's disappearance, which remains unsolved. Nobody has been charged in connection with her case.