Missing Person of the Week: Toby Ray Coleman

Each week True Crime Diva highlights a missing persons case that has little or no information available regarding the circumstances of disappearance.  

Toby Ray ColemanToby Ray Coleman, 18, was last seen by his mother at their home in New Caney, Texas on May 19, 1997.

Earlier in the night, Toby attended a party at Bills 3GS Trailer Park where he got into a fight with another party goer. Toby hit the man on the head with a beer bottle. The man turned around and used the broken beer bottle to slice Toby’s arm, and threatened to kill him. read more

Tina Louise Bowen: Missing from Texas since 1997

Tina Louise Bowen disappeared from her Conroe, Texas home on July 14, 1997 and has not been seen since.

About the Case

Tina Louise BowenIn 1997, 18-year-old Tina Louise Bowen resided at 517 Silverdale in Conroe, Texas. In the early hours of July 14th, Tina spoke with her boyfriend on the phone. Around 3:30 – 4:00 a.m., Tina’s mother spoke with her as she was going to bed. At 9:00 a.m., her mother checked on Tina, but the teen was gone. read more

The 1997 Murder of English School Girl Billie-Jo Jenkins

Billie-Jo JenkinsIn 1997, Billie-Jo Jenkins resided with her foster family in Hastings, England, a coastal town about 1.5 hours southeast of London. Her biological parents could not raise her properly as her father was in prison and her mother was a heavy drinker. So, in 1992, Billie-Jo was sent to live with the Jenkins family (no relation). Billie-Jo knew Annie Jenkins from school. read more

The Murder of Dr. Margo Prade – did ex-husband kill her?

Dr. Margo PradeOn the morning before Thanksgiving 1997, Dr. Margo Prade, age 41, was gunned down in the parking lot of her busy medical office on Wooster Avenue in Akron, Ohio. She was shot six times. Surveillance video from a nearby store captured a figure in white approach her mini van, enter for a brief period, then run away. This footage was very grainy and it was hard to determine if the killer was male or female.

Margo’s ex-husband, Douglas Prade, had been a cop with the Akron Police Department for 30 years at the time of her murder. He was ultimately tried and convicted of her murder all because of what APPEARED to be a bite mark on her arm. Interestingly, a bite mark is not as reliable as DNA or fingerprints.

The odd thing about this bite mark? It was left by the lower teeth only. Douglas does wear dentures for his upper teeth. But why would he bite her that way when it would be so obvious it was him? read more