Ramona Irene Price
Ramona, approximately 1961; Age when reported missing: 59 (approximately 2013); Mack Ray Edwards
Date reported missing : 09/02/1961
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Barbara, California
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/24/1954 (67)
Age at the time of disappearance: 7 years old
Height / Weight : 4'0, 45 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A brown and white pullover sweater, brown pants with fine pinstripes, and flip-flops.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ramona's hair was cut in a pixie style at the time of her disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ramona was last seen in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California at 11:00 a.m. on September 2, 1961. Her family was in the process of moving, and she told her father she was going to walk from their Oak Avenue home to their new house. The distance was seven miles and her father didn't believe she would actually do it.
Half an hour later, Ramona's parents realized she was gone. She has never been heard from again. Dogs later tracked her scent for close to two miles down Modoc Road near the 101 Freeway, which was under construction at the time.
Two brothers who were known Gender : offenders were initially considered suspects in Ramona's disappearance. The men admitted they'd seen Ramona walking along Modoc Road and that they'd spoken to her, but they denied having harmed her. They were cleared of involvement after both of them passed lie detector tests.
One witness reported seeing Ramona climb into a faded blue 1953 or 1954 Plymouth. The vehicle's driver was described as a Caucasian man between 30 and 40, with dark eyes and hair, a receding hairline and thin features. He wore an open-collared sport shirt over a white undershirt. He was never identified. No other tEthnicity : of Ramona could be found.
Authorities believe Mack Ray Edwards may have been responsible for Ramona's disappearance. A photograph of him is posted with this case summary. In 1970, Edwards pleaded guilty to killing three California children and sentenced to death at his own request. He confessed to killing Roger Madison and two other missing children, Brenda Howell and Donald Baker.
Edwards was looking at the 101 Freeway construction site at the time of Ramona's disappearance, and investigators believe he buried her body in the vicinity. He claimed he used a bulldozer to bury Madison's body. Authorities believe he was also most likely responsible for the murders of several other children and the disappearances of Thomas Bowman, Bruce Kremen and Karen Tompkins.
Edwards lead authorities to a site where he said he had buried some of his victims, but no evidence was located. He died by suicide on death row in 1971. His alleged victims ranged in Age at the time of disappearance: from seven to sixteen years old.
Ramona's parents are both deceased, but her older sister is still alive. In 2011, authorities mounted a new search for her body at the 101 Freeway.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Barbara Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Whittier Daily News
The Los Angeles Times
The Santa Barbara Independent
EdHat Santa Barbara
The Pasadena Independent
Interactive Missing Person Search Map