While I was looking into Toni Clark’s case, I came across this one. It’s also in the San Francisco Bay area. A truly sad and horrifying story.
On the night of February 3, 1983, an unidentified man broke into the apartment of Ora Owens in Menlo Park. California and severely beat her.
Ora’s four-year-old son Mitchell during the attack and walked into the same room. Ora screamed at her son to run just before the attacker strangled her and left her for dead. Her other two sons were there, but they slept through the attack.
Ora’s neighbors found her the next day and took her to the hospital, where she spent two weeks recovering from the horrific attack.
Little Mitchell was nowhere to be found and has not been seen since.
Ora may have caught a glimpse of her attacker. She believes the man who attacked her and took her son may possibly have been a man she met the night before at the Enlisted Men’s Club at Moffet Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View. He offered to buy her a drink but she declined and walked away. Ora thought the man may have followed her home that night. She described him to police as about 25 years old, 6′ tall with brown hair and blue eyes, a moustache, and tattoos on his arms.
On the same day of the attack, a man dressed in a police uniform knocked on her door and asked about a report she made on a stolen purse. The Menlo Park Police Department has no record of an officer going to the Owens house that day.
Following her attack and Mitchell’s disappearance, Ora began receiving telephone calls from an unidentified man who threatened to kidnap her and her other two children as well. It has not been confirmed whether or not the calls were related to Mitchell’s disappearance.
Ora has criticized the police department in how they handled the investigation. She believes the police didn’t look hard enough for Mitchell because the family was black and poor.
Believe it or not, initially the police listed her FOUR-YEAR-OLD son as a RUNAWAY and refused to look for him.
To read my opinion on this case, please click here.
Sources: The Charley Project, San Francisco Chronicle