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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1985
A photograph of 3-year-old Laura Bradbury, who vanished from a Joshua Tree National Monument campsite last October, will appear on milk cartons from Rockview Dairy beginning today, according to Ann Harmon, director of the Laura Center, an organization set up shortly after the Huntington Beach child disappeared. The youngster is believed to have been abducted and has been the object of a nationwide search.
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September 24, 2010
Little girl lost Re "The mystery of Laura," Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 Kurt Streeter's story on the Bradbury family was both heartbreaking and compelling. I grew up in Huntington Beach and was a young girl when Laura Bradbury disappeared. I remember all too clearly the bumper stickers and billboards calling for people to help find Laura. It was such a sad and painful time, and one of the first times I remember being frightened that something bad could actually happen to me. The article showed clearly the pain that lasts and lasts when a child is harmed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1988
I am writing this with tears in my eyes. I just read your article (Oct. 17) about the 4-year anniversary of Laura Bradbury's kidnaping. I want to thank you for remembering Laura and her family and for reminding the public that Laura is still missing. I have been thinking about Laura a lot recently. She is now 7 years old (the same age as my daughter), and she has been missing for half of her life. As Oct. 18 grew nearer I was hoping to see some press coverage of Laura. For it is the press who keeps Laura's little face fresh in our memories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2010 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Second of two parts Mike Bradbury did what he could to flee the past. As 1990 began, he and his wife, Patty, sold their condo in Huntington Beach and moved with their two children to a small rental home in the Northern California town of Grass Valley. They allowed few reminders of their first-born daughter. One was a bumper sticker, affixed to the back of their aged VW. It featured a photograph of her, underscored by the words Help Find Laura. They didn't have the heart to peel the sticker off. The Bradburys told nobody in Grass Valley what had happened to them or why they were there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1986 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Michael Bradbury, father of a missing Huntington Beach girl, repeated his theory Thursday that his daughter Laura was taken from Joshua Tree National Monument on Oct. 18, 1984, and sold by a black-market adoption ring to an affluent couple outside California. Laura, then 3, vanished while accompanying her older brother to an outdoor toilet from the family's campsite in the Indian Cove section of the rock and desert park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1986 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Experts at the FBI's laboratory in Virginia have been unable to determine if a skull fragment found last month at Joshua Tree National Monument is that of Laura Bradbury, a missing Huntington Beach girl. On Oct. 18, 1984, Laura, then 3, vanished near the family's Indian Cove campsite. FBI experts "weren't able to find anything in addition to what we already knew," Capt. Dean Knadler of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Bone fragments found near the desert campsite where Laura Bradbury was last seen more than four years ago apparently are the remains of the missing Huntington Beach child, authorities said for the first time Wednesday. Acknowledging that a sophisticated DNA analysis, known as "genetic fingerprinting," had been performed on the skull fragments, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said that the genetic composition of the fragments was "consistent with Laura Bradbury."
NEWS
December 15, 1990 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The six-year search for Laura Bradbury, one of the nation's most widely reported missing-child cases, has ended because of new evidence the Huntington Beach child is dead, authorities said late Friday. A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokesman said the hunt for the 3-year-old who disappeared from a Joshua Tree National Monument campsite is being concluded on the basis of scientific tests of skull fragments found in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1986 | Mark I. Pinsky
The day after a nationally televised re-enactment of the disappearance of Laura Bradbury, the storefront volunteer center set up to find the young girl reported receiving more than a dozen phone calls, most offering encouragement. "We've had a quite a few calls urging us to keep going," said Virginia Winters, Laura's grandmother. The show, "Missing III," broadcast on NBC Wednesday night, featured a re-enactment of the girl's disappearance at Joshua Tree National Monument on Oct. 18, 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1987
Representatives from McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. presented the parents of Laura Bradbury, who has been missing for two years, with a check for $16,000 Friday to help them continue efforts to find the Huntington Beach girl and other missing children. Virginia Winters, Laura's grandmother and a volunteer at the storefront center that was set up to find the missing girl, said the money would be used to continue sending flyers with Laura's picture to schools across the country.
NEWS
October 18, 1991 | PATRICK MOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the sweltering evening darkness last week, several dozen grim people were shuffling into the Westminster Civic Center to play out the latest chapter in a tragedy. Their faces were ghostly and somber in the glow of the candles they carried, and the flickering light fell on several posters and T-shirts bearing the likeness of the 11-year-old girl they were there to try to save. They had gathered to keep alive the search for Jaycee Lee Dugard, formerly of Garden Grove, who was abducted a few blocks from her South Lake Tahoe home June 10 as she walked to a school bus stop.
NEWS
December 16, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For six frustrating years, the Bradbury family clung steadfastly to the belief that their Laura, a 3-year-old with a Little Dutch Girl haircut and haunting brown eyes, was alive after she disappeared from a campsite in the Joshua Tree National Monument in 1984. But their hope has now ended, Laura's grandfather said Saturday.
NEWS
December 15, 1990 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The six-year search for Laura Bradbury, one of the nation's most widely reported missing-child cases, has ended because of new evidence the Huntington Beach child is dead, authorities said late Friday. A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokesman said the hunt for the 3-year-old who disappeared from a Joshua Tree National Monument campsite is being concluded on the basis of scientific tests of skull fragments found in the area.
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Bone fragments found near the desert campsite where Laura Bradbury was last seen more than four years ago apparently are the remains of the missing Huntington Beach child, authorities said for the first time Wednesday. Acknowledging that a sophisticated DNA analysis, known as "genetic fingerprinting," had been performed on the skull fragments, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said that the genetic composition of the fragments was "consistent with Laura Bradbury."
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Bone fragments found near the desert campsite where Laura Bradbury was last seen more than 4 years ago are apparently from the body of the missing Huntington Beach child, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said for the first time Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1986
Thousands of flyers seeking information on the whereabouts of Laura Bradbury, the Huntington Beach child who disappeared two years ago, are being mailed to preschools and kindergartens across the country. Lynda McGraw, a volunteer at the Laura Center, said friends and relatives of Laura believe that she was kidnaped and her abductors have enrolled her in school. "She did turn 5 in May, so she should be enrolled in school," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1986 | MARIA L. La GANGA and LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writers
The top of a child's skull, shaped like a small bowl with a curiously smooth edge, was among several pounds of bone and clothing fragments that will be analyzed for clues, after a two-day search for what might be the remains of 3-year-old Laura Bradbury of Huntington Beach. The smoothness of the top of the skull perplexed sheriff's investigators, who postulated Tuesday that the child's remains had been gnawed by coyotes. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Capt. Gene E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Angered over reports that bone fragments have been identified as belonging to long-missing Laura Bradbury, the grandfather of the Huntington Beach child said Tuesday that the family will seek an independent test to verify the findings. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department investigators telephoned the missing girl's father, Mike Bradbury, on Tuesday and told him that they had commissioned a sophisticated DNA analysis of skull fragments found in 1986 in the desert.
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