CA CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE WOMEN IN THESE PHOTOS? Found in home of suspected serial killer! Burbank, CA 2020

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The photographs were found last fall when Horace Van Vaultz was arrested, the first case brought by the LA County District Attorney’s Office that relied, in part, on searches of genealogical DNA databases in order to identify an alleged killer.

The charges included the 1986 murder of Mary Duggan, whose body was found in the trunk of her own car parked near the 5 Freeway in Burbank. She was last seen at a bar on Vanowen in Reseda and a pizza restaurant on Saticoy St. nearby.

Then in 2006 a DNA profile from Duggan’s body, that had been uploaded to a law enforcement database, linked the case to the 1981 unsolved murder of Selena Keough, who was tied up, sexually assaulted, and strangled. Her body was dumped in Montclair.

The arrest in 2018 of the man accused of being the so-called Golden State Killer changed Kay’s case, after authorities across California revealed they’d used genealogical databases to look for relatives of the person who’d left a DNA profile on at least a dozen murder victims.

Court records show Vaultz had been arrested for a number of sexual assaults, including an incident in 1984 in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after a 22-year-old woman accused him of choking and sexually assaulting her.

Detectives began surveillance of Vaultz at his home in Bakersfield, and one day, an investigator snatched the trash before it could be collected. A DNA profile extracted from an item linked Vaultz to the murders, police said.

Now the photographs have presented a new mystery. Kay says the women shown have a similar appearance: young, Caucasian with light brown or blonde hair. Vaultz was a peripheral figure in the early days of LA’s hip hop music scene, and Kay says there are indications Vaultz’s access to large dance events and parties put him in contact with hundreds, if not thousands, of young women.

"I want to make sure that people see his picture, that they understand what he was doing back then, to see if we can get some resolution to some other families," Kay said.


There are numerous young women who vanished from Los Angeles during the same time period and were never found. There are other cases in which bodies have been found but it’s been impossible to collect DNA for comparison, he said.


"That’s my biggest concern. I don’t want to leave anyone behind who’s a victim," he said.


The Burbank Police Department has set up a hotline for anyone with information about the women in the photographs or Horace Van Vaultz. The number is (818) 238-3288.

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The Coffeenator

Active member
Could Van Nuys Jane Doe be one of Vaultz' victims, or even one of the women in the pictures? I must admit I added her to CW after reading this thread:

 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
Could Van Nuys Jane Doe be one of Vaultz' victims, or even one of the women in the pictures? I must admit I added her to CW after reading this thread:

GMTA! I was just posting about that in the doe's thread you made!
 

Bit of hope

Member
On familysearch I think I found his divorce file (November 21,1980, LA, CA) Maybe a member with entrance to genealogy site behind a paywall, can check it out, just to be sure. (If I'm wrong, please delete this post)

Of course he could have started killing before the 80's, but let's say he started after he divorced. First known murder was on July 16, 1981, strangulation of Selena Keough. He was 26 yrs old at that time. Another woman in 1986. When did he stop is the big question. I'm afraid there were more in the 80's and probably beyond. Sadly there were so many (serial) killers in California those days. Epidemic almost.

Horace Vaultz
California Divorce Index, 1966-1984

Name:Horace Vaultz
Event Type:Divorce
Event Date:21 Nov 1980
Event Place:Los Angeles, California
Spouse's Name:Delois J

I could place him in Bakersfield, CA between July,1, 2006 and October,1, 2007. Before that Los Angeles, but also West Hollywood and Canyon Country.

His modus operandi (at least it was with the two known murders): sexual assault, binding and strangulation/asphyxiation. There are a couple of Jane Does found in that timeframe, in nearby cities (as the other two) with strangulation as cause of death.

Horace Van Vaultz

Affiliate Identifier:702991889
Name:Horace Van Vaultz
Event Type:Residence
Event Date:01 Jan 1998-01 Jun 1998
Event Place:Canyon Country, California, United States
Birth Date:21 May 1955
Address:Canyon Country, California 91386
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
On familysearch I think I found his divorce file (November 21,1980, LA, CA) Maybe a member with entrance to genealogy site behind a paywall, can check it out, just to be sure. (If I'm wrong, please delete this post)

Of course he could have started killing before the 80's, but let's say he started after he divorced. First known murder was on July 16, 1981, strangulation of Selena Keough. He was 26 yrs old at that time. Another woman in 1986. When did he stop is the big question. I'm afraid there were more in the 80's and probably beyond. Sadly there were so many (serial) killers in California those days. Epidemic almost.

Horace Vaultz
California Divorce Index, 1966-1984

Name:Horace Vaultz
Event Type:Divorce
Event Date:21 Nov 1980
Event Place:Los Angeles, California
Spouse's Name:Delois J

I could place him in Bakersfield, CA between July,1, 2006 and October,1, 2007. Before that Los Angeles, but also West Hollywood and Canyon Country.

His modus operandi (at least it was with the two known murders): sexual assault, binding and strangulation/asphyxiation. There are a couple of Jane Does found in that timeframe, in nearby cities (as the other two) with strangulation as cause of death.

Horace Van Vaultz

Affiliate Identifier:702991889
Name:Horace Van Vaultz
Event Type:Residence
Event Date:01 Jan 1998-01 Jun 1998
Event Place:Canyon Country, California, United States
Birth Date:21 May 1955
Address:Canyon Country, California 91386
Interesting info and I'm glad you dug it up! I was wondering what time frame we should look at, and areas, etc.
 

Bit of hope

Member
I found this

Develin Vaultz

Vaultz was born on 1955-05-21. Vaultz's age is 64. You may also know Vaultz as Horace Van Vaultz JR, Horace V Vaultz, Horace Vanvaultz, Horace V Vaultz JR, H Van Vaultz, Horace Van, Horace Vanvaultz JR, Horace Vaultz, Dianne C Trevino, C Dianne Trevino, Horace Van Vaultz, A Vaultz, H Vanvaultz, H Vanvaultz JR, Horace B Vaultz, Horace Vaultz JR, Horace Van JR.

I made a timeline with all his former addresses and included information from the news articles and Family search to create some kind of timeframe and his whereabouts.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-15/cold-case-murders-genealogy-search

Current 1905 Terrace Way, Bakersfield, CA 93304 Kern County

2015
1913 Stonehill Dr, Justin, TX 76247 The Texas connection "Vaultz has traveled “all over Southern California” since the 1980s, according to Kay, who said the defendant’s permanent residence is in Bakersfield but that he “has a connection to Texas.”

2014 16204 Shawnee Trail, Justin, TX 76247, lived here in 2014 Denton County, TX

2014
910 S Butler Ln #A, Independence, MO 64056, lived here in 2014 Jackson Couny, Missouri Interesting.....

2013
510 McFadden St #B, La Habra, CA 90631, lived here in 2013 Orange County, CA

9708 Lightner Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311, lived here in 2012 - 2017 ????? It seems he had some kind of steady address in Bakersfield and moved around

2012
4016 Desert Sand Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311, lived here in 2012 Kern County

2010
13100 Balboa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91344, lived here in 2010 LA County

1117 El Sereno Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93304, lived here in 2008 - 2013 ???? It seems he had some kind of steady address in Bakersfield and moved around

5 November 2007 - 25 March 2008 Canyon Country, Ca. (Per Familysearch) Canyon Country is a community and district within the city of Santa Clarita, located in northwestern LA County, Ca

1 October 2007 Bakersfield, California, United States (per Familysearch) Kern County

2007
In 2007, Vaultz was again charged with beating a spouse or cohabitant, but was allowed to plead to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace, records show.

1 July 2006 Bakersfield, California, United States Bakersfield, California, United States (per Familysearch)

2006 He was charged with domestic violence crimes in Kern County, but prosecutors later dropped all charges.

4301 California Ave #10, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

1005 Nimrod Ct, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

4701 Durham Ave #A, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

3400 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93306, lived here in 2006

4109 Waterfall Canyon Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93313, lived here in 2004 - 2005

1 January 2000 resided in West Hollywood, California, United States (per Familysearch)

Early 2000's He met a woman, name withhold

11728 Terra Bella St, LA, CA 91342, lived here in 2000 - 2017

1999 6275 Mosley Ave, LA, CA 90056, lived here in 1999

29114 Abelia Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387, lived here in 1996 - 2007

1 January 1998 / 1 June 1998 Canyon Country, (Santa Clarita) California, United States (Per Familysearch)

1996 Court records show Vaultz had been accused of domestic violence crimes several times in the past few decades. In 1996, he was granted probation in a plea deal with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office after he was charged with domestic abuse and assault.

1992 7861 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043, lived here in 1992

11728 Terra Bella St, LA, CA 91342, lived here in 1990 - 1994 West Hollywood?

1986
murder of Mary Duggan. She was last seen at a bar on Vanowen in Reseda and a pizza restaurant on Saticoy St. nearby. Her body found in trunk of car near 5 Freeway in Burbank. Both situated in LA County.

1986
sexual assault and murder of a woman named Janna Rowe on Christmas 1986. She was last seen at a motel in Thousand Oaks, and her body was found at a trash dump site in Ventura several days later. In 1988 Vaultz was acquitted in Ventura County Superior Court for this. Both situated in Ventura County

1984
Court records show Vaultz had been arrested for a number of sexual assaults, including an incident in 1984 in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after a 22-year-old woman accused him of choking and sexually assaulting her.

1981 murder of Selena Keough, from ? body found in Montclair, San Bernardino County

1980
Divorced, situated in Los Angeles, LA County (per Familysearch)

edding to add
 
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Guess Who

Well-known member
I found this

Develin Vaultz

Vaultz was born on 1955-05-21. Vaultz's age is 64. You may also know Vaultz as Horace Van Vaultz JR, Horace V Vaultz, Horace Vanvaultz, Horace V Vaultz JR, H Van Vaultz, Horace Van, Horace Vanvaultz JR, Horace Vaultz, Dianne C Trevino, C Dianne Trevino, Horace Van Vaultz, A Vaultz, H Vanvaultz, H Vanvaultz JR, Horace B Vaultz, Horace Vaultz JR, Horace Van JR.

I made a timeline with all his former addresses and included information from the news articles and Family search to create some kind of timeframe and his whereabouts.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-15/cold-case-murders-genealogy-search

Current 1905 Terrace Way, Bakersfield, CA 93304 Kern County

2015
1913 Stonehill Dr, Justin, TX 76247 The Texas connection "Vaultz has traveled “all over Southern California” since the 1980s, according to Kay, who said the defendant’s permanent residence is in Bakersfield but that he “has a connection to Texas.”

2014 16204 Shawnee Trail, Justin, TX 76247, lived here in 2014 Denton County, TX

2014
910 S Butler Ln #A, Independence, MO 64056, lived here in 2014 Jackson Couny, Missouri Interesting.....

2013
510 McFadden St #B, La Habra, CA 90631, lived here in 2013 Orange County, CA

9708 Lightner Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311, lived here in 2012 - 2017 ????? It seems he had some kind of steady address in Bakersfield and moved around

2012
4016 Desert Sand Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311, lived here in 2012 Kern County

2010
13100 Balboa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91344, lived here in 2010 LA County

1117 El Sereno Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93304, lived here in 2008 - 2013 ???? It seems he had some kind of steady address in Bakersfield and moved around

5 November 2007 - 25 March 2008 Canyon Country, Ca. (Per Familysearch) Canyon Country is a community and district within the city of Santa Clarita, located in northwestern LA County, Ca

1 October 2007 Bakersfield, California, United States (per Familysearch) Kern County

2007
In 2007, Vaultz was again charged with beating a spouse or cohabitant, but was allowed to plead to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace, records show.

1 July 2006 Bakersfield, California, United States Bakersfield, California, United States (per Familysearch)

2006 He was charged with domestic violence crimes in Kern County, but prosecutors later dropped all charges.

4301 California Ave #10, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

1005 Nimrod Ct, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

4701 Durham Ave #A, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

3400 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93306, lived here in 2006

4109 Waterfall Canyon Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93313, lived here in 2004 - 2005

1 January 2000 resided in West Hollywood, California, United States (per Familysearch)

Early 2000's He met a woman, name withhold

11728 Terra Bella St, LA, CA 91342, lived here in 2000 - 2017

1999 6275 Mosley Ave, LA, CA 90056, lived here in 1999

29114 Abelia Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387, lived here in 1996 - 2007

1 January 1998 / 1 June 1998 Canyon Country, (Santa Clarita) California, United States (Per Familysearch)

1996 Court records show Vaultz had been accused of domestic violence crimes several times in the past few decades. In 1996, he was granted probation in a plea deal with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office after he was charged with domestic abuse and assault.

1992 7861 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043, lived here in 1992

11728 Terra Bella St, LA, CA 91342, lived here in 1990 - 1994 West Hollywood?

1986
murder of Mary Duggan. She was last seen at a bar on Vanowen in Reseda and a pizza restaurant on Saticoy St. nearby. Her body found in trunk of car near 5 Freeway in Burbank. Both situated in LA County.

1986
sexual assault and murder of a woman named Janna Rowe on Christmas 1986. She was last seen at a motel in Thousand Oaks, and her body was found at a trash dump site in Ventura several days later. In 1988 Vaultz was acquitted in Ventura County Superior Court for this. Both situated in Ventura County

1984
Court records show Vaultz had been arrested for a number of sexual assaults, including an incident in 1984 in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after a 22-year-old woman accused him of choking and sexually assaulting her.

1981 murder of Selena Keough, from ? body found in Montclair, San Bernardino County

1980
Divorced, situated in Los Angeles, LA County (per Familysearch)

edding to add
Oh, great. He was in my area.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
@Bit of hope That was some great research! Thank you so much! I lived in Kern County, but on the other side of the mountains, during some of that time.

And all that domestic violence? And he still was running around as long as he was. I'm going to delve deeper into this later.
 

Bit of hope

Member
@Bit of hope That was some great research! Thank you so much! I lived in Kern County, but on the other side of the mountains, during some of that time.

And all that domestic violence? And he still was running around as long as he was. I'm going to delve deeper into this later.

No big deal...that is where is sleuthing is all about....your quote "Do not grow weary in doing good. - 2 Thessalonians 3:13"
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
@Bit of hope That was some great research! Thank you so much! I lived in Kern County, but on the other side of the mountains, during some of that time.

And all that domestic violence? And he still was running around as long as he was. I'm going to delve deeper into this later.
I have to take back my first comment! :doh: I lived in Kern County in the 80s, when he was in LA County. I lived in Orange County when he was in LA County, though! Just brings it home more when you were that close - too close!
 

The Coffeenator

Active member
View attachment 1542

It looks like they believe her chin/jaw area was pronounced and squared. The woman in the second row, third from the left side "might" have a jaw that is similar. But the nose?
Yes, she was the one I noticed, too. Jane Doe's nose seems to be kinda flat-is and wide, if you know what I mean, but I don't know if I can trust that recon to be a good representation of how she really looked like. Another thing: Dismemberment doesn't seem to be a part of Vaultz' MO.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
Yes, she was the one I noticed, too. Jane Doe's nose seems to be kinda flat-is and wide, if you know what I mean, but I don't know if I can trust that recon to be a good representation of how she really looked like. Another thing: Dismemberment doesn't seem to be a part of Vaultz' MO.
Oh good point about the dismemberment. I love how you guys catch all those kind of details.
 

Bit of hope

Member
Were you able to find out that the woman in question was found alive and well, @Bit of hope ?

I'm not sure which woman you refer to Coffeenator.

BTW there is an update, two women have been identified and are alive. (sorry, in my file I made them purple)
"As of Monday, two of the women whose photos were initially released to the public have been identified and confirmed to be alive, officials said. Their images have been removed from this article." https://www.insideedition.com/do-yo...ODapEI_Qovp0IOgygEQ8xgYt0vnaKO5ikb3uT_mztqeKA

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The Coffeenator

Active member
I'm not sure which woman you refer to Coffeenator.

BTW there is an update, two women have been identified and are alive. (sorry, in my file I made them purple)
"As of Monday, two of the women whose photos were initially released to the public have been identified and confirmed to be alive, officials said. Their images have been removed from this article." https://www.insideedition.com/do-yo...ODapEI_Qovp0IOgygEQ8xgYt0vnaKO5ikb3uT_mztqeKA

View attachment 1671View attachment 1672
Sorry, I should have been more clear. It's the woman on the left. I'm relieved that she's been found alive and not been a subject for a horrible death. Thanks for the update!
 

Mel70

Detention expert.
On familysearch I think I found his divorce file (November 21,1980, LA, CA) Maybe a member with entrance to genealogy site behind a paywall, can check it out, just to be sure. (If I'm wrong, please delete this post)

Of course he could have started killing before the 80's, but let's say he started after he divorced. First known murder was on July 16, 1981, strangulation of Selena Keough. He was 26 yrs old at that time. Another woman in 1986. When did he stop is the big question. I'm afraid there were more in the 80's and probably beyond. Sadly there were so many (serial) killers in California those days. Epidemic almost.

Horace Vaultz
California Divorce Index, 1966-1984

Name:Horace Vaultz
Event Type:Divorce
Event Date:21 Nov 1980
Event Place:Los Angeles, California
Spouse's Name:Delois J

I could place him in Bakersfield, CA between July,1, 2006 and October,1, 2007. Before that Los Angeles, but also West Hollywood and Canyon Country.

His modus operandi (at least it was with the two known murders): sexual assault, binding and strangulation/asphyxiation. There are a couple of Jane Does found in that timeframe, in nearby cities (as the other two) with strangulation as cause of death.

Horace Van Vaultz

Affiliate Identifier:702991889
Name:Horace Van Vaultz
Event Type:Residence
Event Date:01 Jan 1998-01 Jun 1998
Event Place:Canyon Country, California, United States
Birth Date:21 May 1955
Address:Canyon Country, California 91386
If he was 26 when he started that would make it a common age to start. And secondly his divorce. A stressor and possibly a contempt for women in general.
 

Mel70

Detention expert.
I found this

Develin Vaultz

Vaultz was born on 1955-05-21. Vaultz's age is 64. You may also know Vaultz as Horace Van Vaultz JR, Horace V Vaultz, Horace Vanvaultz, Horace V Vaultz JR, H Van Vaultz, Horace Van, Horace Vanvaultz JR, Horace Vaultz, Dianne C Trevino, C Dianne Trevino, Horace Van Vaultz, A Vaultz, H Vanvaultz, H Vanvaultz JR, Horace B Vaultz, Horace Vaultz JR, Horace Van JR.

I made a timeline with all his former addresses and included information from the news articles and Family search to create some kind of timeframe and his whereabouts.

L.A. prosecutors use genealogy search to make arrest in 1980s killings of two women

Current 1905 Terrace Way, Bakersfield, CA 93304 Kern County

2015
1913 Stonehill Dr, Justin, TX 76247 The Texas connection "Vaultz has traveled “all over Southern California” since the 1980s, according to Kay, who said the defendant’s permanent residence is in Bakersfield but that he “has a connection to Texas.”

2014 16204 Shawnee Trail, Justin, TX 76247, lived here in 2014 Denton County, TX

2014
910 S Butler Ln #A, Independence, MO 64056, lived here in 2014 Jackson Couny, Missouri Interesting.....

2013
510 McFadden St #B, La Habra, CA 90631, lived here in 2013 Orange County, CA

9708 Lightner Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311, lived here in 2012 - 2017 ????? It seems he had some kind of steady address in Bakersfield and moved around

2012
4016 Desert Sand Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311, lived here in 2012 Kern County

2010
13100 Balboa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91344, lived here in 2010 LA County

1117 El Sereno Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93304, lived here in 2008 - 2013 ???? It seems he had some kind of steady address in Bakersfield and moved around

5 November 2007 - 25 March 2008 Canyon Country, Ca. (Per Familysearch) Canyon Country is a community and district within the city of Santa Clarita, located in northwestern LA County, Ca

1 October 2007 Bakersfield, California, United States (per Familysearch) Kern County

2007
In 2007, Vaultz was again charged with beating a spouse or cohabitant, but was allowed to plead to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace, records show.

1 July 2006 Bakersfield, California, United States Bakersfield, California, United States (per Familysearch)

2006 He was charged with domestic violence crimes in Kern County, but prosecutors later dropped all charges.

4301 California Ave #10, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

1005 Nimrod Ct, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

4701 Durham Ave #A, Bakersfield, CA 93309, lived here in 2006

3400 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93306, lived here in 2006

4109 Waterfall Canyon Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93313, lived here in 2004 - 2005

1 January 2000 resided in West Hollywood, California, United States (per Familysearch)

Early 2000's He met a woman, name withhold

11728 Terra Bella St, LA, CA 91342, lived here in 2000 - 2017

1999 6275 Mosley Ave, LA, CA 90056, lived here in 1999

29114 Abelia Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387, lived here in 1996 - 2007

1 January 1998 / 1 June 1998 Canyon Country, (Santa Clarita) California, United States (Per Familysearch)

1996 Court records show Vaultz had been accused of domestic violence crimes several times in the past few decades. In 1996, he was granted probation in a plea deal with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office after he was charged with domestic abuse and assault.

1992 7861 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043, lived here in 1992

11728 Terra Bella St, LA, CA 91342, lived here in 1990 - 1994 West Hollywood?

1986
murder of Mary Duggan. She was last seen at a bar on Vanowen in Reseda and a pizza restaurant on Saticoy St. nearby. Her body found in trunk of car near 5 Freeway in Burbank. Both situated in LA County.

1986
sexual assault and murder of a woman named Janna Rowe on Christmas 1986. She was last seen at a motel in Thousand Oaks, and her body was found at a trash dump site in Ventura several days later. In 1988 Vaultz was acquitted in Ventura County Superior Court for this. Both situated in Ventura County

1984
Court records show Vaultz had been arrested for a number of sexual assaults, including an incident in 1984 in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after a 22-year-old woman accused him of choking and sexually assaulting her.

1981 murder of Selena Keough, from ? body found in Montclair, San Bernardino County

1980
Divorced, situated in Los Angeles, LA County (per Familysearch)

edding to add
He lived on "Nimrod Court" in 2006. LOL
 

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