Although my personal attempts failed, I think this case is solvable.
Questa Leona Burns was last heard from by her family in 1969.
NamUs doesn’t have much information on her case, but I was able to track down a bit more background elsewhere on the internet.
Here is what is known, and what I have tried so far.
Questa Leona Fraetis was born on October 29, 1921, in Southgate, CA.
In 1940, she was living in Riverside County with her mother and brother. She was a beauty operator.
In 1946, she married Thomas Barrows Burns Sr. (1924-1980) in St. Paul, MN.
They had 3 sons.
She is reported as missing from San Bernardino County, CA, but her family believes it also could have been Los Angeles or Riverside County. The circumstances of her disappearance are unclear, but her family describes them as “tragic circumstances”, and mentions that Questa’s husband quickly took the children out of state. They have also expressed belief that she may have been living in an institution.
She spent the majority of her life in the Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties of California, and her family believes she remained in that area. They believe she may have remarried, although I cannot find any record of her divorcing Thomas – at least, nothing in the California Divorce Index.
Questa sometimes used the nickname “Jackie”.
Her mother’s maiden name was PITTS.
In 2002, one of Questa’s family members got lucky. She spoke with someone at the Social Security Administration, who confirmed that Questa was still living. (How often does THAT happen?) They obviously wouldn’t give her any other details. She would have been 81 years old at that time – so now she’d be 91-92. I’d say the chances of her still being alive have diminished some since 2002, although it’s very possible that she could be.
I found no marriage records after 1969 that seemed to fit, and no death records in the SSDI (searching First name: “Questa” and DOB: “1921”). Public records sites and California Unclaimed Property didn’t give me anything, either. I wish I could have found a photo of her.
Questa is white, was last known to have black hair, brown eyes, and stood 5’4″ tall. She weighed 120 lbs.
Her relatives would really like to find out what happened to her.
Cases like this give me a unique sense of urgency – with no SSDI record, I think there’s a good chance she’s still alive – for now – but in her 90’s. Time is running out. I’d really like to see a happy ending for this family.