Johanna Catherine Brighton, age 38, went missing from Los Angeles, CA on February 25, 1981 from Los Angeles, California. California DOJ states she went missing under suspicious circumstances.
…. and that’s all.
When I come across these sorts of cases, where information is so minimal, I try to uncover additional details – while I don’t always find any more information about their disappearances, I can usually find some tidbits of their lives prior to them going missing. I try to include this information in my posts whenever possible, because I think it helps to have a sense of who the missing person was. If we can’t find them, at least we can memorialize them, so to speak, since everyone deserves to be remembered.
In this case, I’ve come up empty. Completely, frustratingly empty.
I could not even tell if Brighton is a married name, or if she is single. No Johanna (of any surname) born on her birthday in California. No marriage of any Brighton to a Johanna in California or Nevada. No public records of a Johanna Brighton anywhere in the US. No criminal records, voter registrations, divorces, or property records could be found.
The Los Angeles Times archives have no mention of her disappearance, although she apparently disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
So, all I can do is speculate. I’m guessing she wasn’t from California – possibly a tourist, maybe even from another country. She looks like she would be a really happy-go-lucky person, and for some reason I envision her as a waitress in an all-night diner type of place. (No, I’m not psychic – I think she is reminding me of a waitress from TV but I can’t place who – Jolene from Alice, maybe?)
One encouraging thing is that she does have a DNA sample on file – which at least tells me that someone is looking for her.
Who was this lovely lady, Johanna Brighton, who vanished over 30 years ago? Was she someone’s mom, who simply left the house one day to run errands and never returned? Was she an aspiring actress who came to the showbiz capital of the world with hopes and dreams, only to fall into bad company? Whoever she is or was, I hope she is found soon.