Missing Donna Gail Manson new case information posted as of May 15th 2020

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Missing Donna Gail Manson

Manson, approximate date 1974

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: March 12, 1974 from Olympia, Washington

Type: Endangered Missing

Date of Birth: June 9, 1954 Age at disappearance: 19 years old

Weight and Height: 5'0, 100 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red, orange and green striped shirt, blue or green slacks, a fuzzy black full-length coat, an oval-shaped brown agate ring, and a Bulova Caravell wristwatch.

Medical Conditions: Manson was depressed at the time of her disappearance and may have been suicidal.

Details of disappearance and psychic work by Brian Ladd (login to view entire case as of May 2020)


Manson was a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1974. She has never been heard from again. She was not reported as a missing person for six days, as she often hitchhiked to nearby locales and could disappear for several days at a time without notice. Friends initially believed Manson had decided to travel without sharing her plans beforehand.
Serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to Manson's murder before his 1989 execution. A photo of Bundy is posted below this case summary. He claimed that her partial skeleton had been recovered by authorities on March 3, 1975 at Taylor Mountain, Washington, but had not been identified. Bundy's statement has never been confirmed.
Two fishermen discovered a human skull while walking near Highway 7 southwest of Eatonville, Washington on August 29, 1978. The area is near the foothills of Mount Rainer. Searchers also located additional bones, hair and clothing near the scene. A multi-colored shirt was among the discoveries; it was similar in style to the shirt Manson wore on the day of her 1974 disappearance.

Manson's case was revived for a short time in the 1990s after the details about the lost remains and documents were revealed. No additional evidence regarding her case was uncovered.
Authorities believe that Manson was a victim of Bundy, along with Nancy Baird, Ann Marie Burr, Lynette Culver, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Vicki Hollar, Rita Jolly, Debra Kent, Denise Oliverson, Nancy Wilcox and other young women. They remain listed as missing persons and have never been recovered.

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