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Personal Information

Photo
Surname
Tompkins
Given Name
Karen Lynn
Alternative Name
Photo After Aging (Age Progression)
Status
Missing
Link to Photo (URL)
www.doenetwork.org/cases/images/KLTompkins2.jpg

Demographics

Date of Birth
July 25, 1950
Age
11
Age Group
Pre-Teen
Age as of Today
72
Gender
Female
Hair Color
Blonde
Eye Color
Blue
Height (ft'in")
4'11
Height (cm)
150
Height Range
Weight (lbs)
55
Weight (kg)
24.9
Weight Range in Pounds
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Distinguishing Characteristics
Photo of Distinguishing Feature
Medical
Physical Abnormality
Tattoos
Scars & Other Marks
Piercings
Shoe Size
Nationality
United States
Languages Spoken
English

Possessions

Clothing (Key Word)
Shirt: Sleeveless, Shirt: White, Shoes: Sandals, Shorts: Blue, Sweater
Clothing (Full Description)
White cardigan sweater (long-sleeved). White sleeveless blouse. Blue shorts. Blue and white socks. Rubber sandals.
Possessions / Accessories
Yellow "Hanover" wristwatch. Pearl chain necklace with a clear plastic pendant containing a mustard seed. Small Toy-Covered Wagon
Photo of Clothing or Accessories

Location

Address
Halldale Avenue Elementary School
City
Torrance
Province or State
California
Country
United States
Postal Code
90501
Latitude
33.833
Longitude
-118.318

Circumstances

Date of Disappearance
August 18, 1961
Notes
The last sighting of Karen was at around 5:00p.m. on August 18, 1961 when she left her arts and crafts class at Halldale Avenue Elementary School to head home (about 5 blocks). She had finished a covered wagon for her craft and was carrying it at the time. Karen is of several potential victims murdered by serial killer Mack Ray Edwards. Edwards confessed to having targeted, molested, and killed at least 6 children between the years of 1953 to 1970. He was sentenced to death but committed suicide before they could carry out the punishment. Before he died, Edwards stated the number of his victims was actually 18. The victims he confessed to included: Gary Rocha (sometimes spelled Gary Rochet), Donald Allen Todd, Stella Darlene Nolan, Donald Lee Baker, Brenda Jo Howell, and Roger Dale Madison. Donald Baker, Brenda Howell, Roger Dale, and Thomas Bowman also remain missing. As are Bruce Kremen another other suspected victims.
Taken From (Location)
School
Circumstances
Alone, Walking
Vehicle
License Plate
Photo of Vehicle
Suspect
Man
Suspect Description
Mack Ray Edwards
Photo of Suspect

Recovered Remains

Date of Recovery
Time of Death
Cause of Death
Recovery of Remains
Tested Against (No Match)

Further Details

In-Depth Case Overview:
Map of Key Locations
See Also
Donald Lee Baker (Case #2071) Thomas Eldon Bowman (Case #2069) Brenda Jo Howell (Case #2077) Roger Dale Madison (Case #2078) Bruce Kremen (Case #2028) Karen Lynn Tompkins (Case #2079)
Notice URL
www.doenetwork.org/cases/1003dfca.html
Poster(s)
Other Photos
Case File Photos

Contact Police

Contact Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Contact Police (Email)
Contact Police (Phone)
(855) 835-5326
Contact Police (Local)
911
Contact Police (Website)
tips.fbi.gov/contact
Alternative Contact
Crime Stoppers: https://www.crimestoppersusa.org/programs/locate-a-program or try ICMP: icmp@icmp.intNCMEC: (800) 843-5680