A woman missing for seven years calls her mother to say she’s alive, but is later found murdered.
La Mesa, California, was Holly Krewson’s hometown. From a very young age, she dreamed of becoming a movie star. Holly’s mother, Gwen Krewson, knew her daughter was special growing up:
But Holly’s life wasn’t all pageants and dresses. According to her mother, Holly was molested by a trusted family friend when she was 11. A few years later, her parents divorced. Soon after, Gwen started to notice a change in her daughter:
Holly dropped out of school and began working as a waitress. She ended up with a lover who was abusive and violent. Several times, he was arrested for beating her. But each time, he convinced Holly to take him back.
Gwen says she didn’t see Holly very often, but in the spring of 1995, Holly came to see her at work. Gwen didn’t know this was the last time she would ever see her daughter. Over the next several weeks, Gwen tried to find Holly, but had no luck. When Gwen reported her missing to the police, she was told they couldn’t help because Holly was an adult and there was no evidence of foul play.
Two years later, in 1997, with Holly still missing, police took a closer look at her boyfriend’s criminal past. La Mesa Police Department Detective Vincent Brown, investigated the case:
On Holly’s 30th birthday, a San Diego newspaper publicized the story of Gwen’s search for her daughter. A local psychic named Joyce saw the story and says she immediately began receiving images of Holly:
Joyce told Gwen that Holly had left California to escape her abusive relationship:
Joyce believed Holly possibly received treatment at a hospital named Marymount. She also claimed the towns Marysville and Kenwood were significant, but she couldn’t make any further connections. Three months later, Gwen received a phone call that would change her life:
Gwen had a tape recorder handy and recorded part of the call. Just before the short conversation was disconnected, the caller told Holly’s mother that she was in Ohio. Gwen was sure it was Holly:
With the new possibility that Holly was in Ohio, Gwen studied the information the psychic had given her:
Gwen contacted several Ohio hospitals. However, they were not allowed to release any medical information, even if they had treated Holly. Then, investigators later turned up a promising lead. The owner of a campground outside La Mesa reported seeing Holly a few months after she was believed to have disappeared. According to Detective Brown:
Gwen says she will not rest until she finds out what happened to Holly:
A year after Holly disappeared, skeletal remains were found near San Diego. Dental records later confirmed that the remains were those of Holly Krewson. Authorities won’t release any details other than to say her case is now considered a homicide.