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A woman disappears after a horrific motorcycle accident leaves her physically impaired.

Selena Edon

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 3/17/62
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Defining Characteristics: Walks with a limp

CASE DETAILS

Photograph of the accident scene

When she graduated from high school in 1980, Selena Edon was everything a parent could ask for.  She was president of the student body and of the senior class.  But Selena had always marched to her own drummer.  After a brief stint in the Air Force, Selena became a journeyman construction worker in San Francisco.  She joined the teamsters and bought herself a motorcycle.  On November 29, 1989, Selena Edon was driving home from the union hall in downtown San Francisco when she collided with a truck.  She was admitted to the hospital as Jane Doe.  Her I.D. papers had disappeared in the aftermath of the accident and seven days passed before her mother and brother were tracked down in San Diego.  According to her friend Laurie Gallagher, Selena had lost a significant amount of her memory:

“After the accident, she was in a coma for six weeks and she had some brain damage.  She had a long way to go.  She appeared to be like a child again.  Like she didn’t know too much anymore… like a child.”

Selena’s left eye had been permanently damaged.  She suffered painful headaches.  Her left thigh was crushed and a severe head injury caused fluid to build up around her brain.  Still, Selena began a demanding regimen of physical therapy.  According to her brother, Dion Edon, Selena was eager to regain her health:

“She challenged herself to the max and it was like a lot of things that she just couldn’t do and I guess she just wasn’t ready to accept the fact that she wasn’t well yet.”

Selena was almost home

Two months after the accident, Selena moved to San Diego to live with her mother, Clarissa:

“You know, when she was living with me, she started having more confused episodes. There were a lot of changes and she was having a lot of headaches.”

Soon, the headaches gave way to general confusion.  Physically, Selena was getting better.  But according to her mother, Selena’s mental state was worsening:

“Things like that would upset her.  That’s when I noticed her frustration more and more.  And she wanted to be on her own, but the more she pushed it, the more confused she was becoming.”

A truck swerved in front of her

With her recovery stalled, Selena decided to return to San Francisco in May of 1990.  She hoped that the familiarity of old friends like Laurie Gallagher would help her recovery:

“She was very happy to be in San Francisco and to be around her friends, but she didn’t appear healthy enough to be on her own.  She was very unaware of a lot of things.  I think she definitely needed somebody to be with her you know, to help her.”

Despite her erratic behavior, Selena had been in the habit of calling her mother regularly.  Finally, in October of 1990, nearly one year after the accident, Clarissa Edon received a phone call she would never forget:

“She was evasive with me and that wasn’t like her.  She would tell me everything you know.  I said, Selena, what you need to do, you need to come back home.  And she said well don’t worry if you don’t hear from me in a month or two.  And then she said I’ll be calling you soon, and hung up and that’s the last I’ve heard from Selena.”

Selena wasn’t the same after the accident

Selena’s family hired a private investigator to search for her.  Even after she told her mother she was leaving town, she was sighted in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.  The investigator followed up on all the leads, but never found her.  Selena’s family and friends continue to believe she’s alive somewhere in the United States, most likely lost and confused.  Selena Marie Edon was born in 1962.  She stands 5’7” tall and, at the time of her disappearance, weighed 110 pounds.  Selena also walks with a limp.

 

 

 


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season six with Robert Stack and in season eight with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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12 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Did anyone follow up on this lead? It seems she is in Chicago:
    https://www.truepeoplesearch.com/results?name=selena%20edon&rid=0x0

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  2. Tamara

    Did anything come from the Bellville, Illinois tip? There is a person on My Life with all the same information as this missing woman. Just wondering…. Hope she can be found and reunited with her family.

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  3. Anonymous

    There is a woman who sings, almost daily, for spare change outside the Main Post Office on Kearney Ave. in Modesto, Ca. to pay for food and a motel room every night. She looks a great deal like Selena. I videotaped her a year or so ago. Her voice is really pretty good. I thought I might post it on YouTube in hopes that someone would recognize her talent and give her a chance in the music industry, even if i were just as a back-up singer.
    When I saw the replay of Unsolved Mysteries today, I immediately thought the woman at the Post Office and Selena looked very much alike, before I even realized she was a missing person.
    I’ve never written in before on any Unsolved Mysteries stories, but I feel confident that Selena’s family should, at the very least, check to see if this woman is their missing family member.
    Good Luck!
    I really hope this helps bring Selena home.

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  4. Will

    And please people no pranks and if you see her please notify they police dept. Asap this can really bring bring her back home. She missed alot of her birthdays, holidays, family reunions mother, brother and other family members wants her to come home. Where ever she is I pray that she finds her way back in society. Edon family member’s I will keep Selena in my prayers.

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  5. Will

    I sure hope and pray that the family finds her where she can seek professional help that she needs. Her family loves so much and really misses her.

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  6. Dennis Reynolds

    I believe I saw Selena at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL about 4 years ago. It was a chance meeting on a bridge walk. She looked just like the pictures I saw on unsolved mysteries. She was skinny, a little over 5 foot tall. Walked with a cane. I remember a huge smile on her face but a confused look. She may have been there as a patient as I was also. It was just a brief encounter but It looked like her. The only reason I remember her is that she had a kind look and that smile. Almost a forced but kind smile. She had a cane and I had crutches. But I remember her vividly. Belleville Memorial Hospital. Belleville, IL. According to the story she called her mother saying she was going to the Midwest. That’s where this it.

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  7. Anonymous

    Have found Selena yet?

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  8. Concerned citizen

    I watched the episode with the girl Selena I just want to know , did they ever find her???

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  9. Anonymous

    There is a woman in greenville, oh. That works at wal-art that fits the description.

    Reply