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Missing Mary Rachel Bryan
Mary Rachel, circa 1941
Missing Since 05/10/1941
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 07/14/1937 (83)
Age 4 years old
Height and Weight 3'0, 40 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, brown eyes.
Some accounts say she was going out to buy groceries at a store two blocks away; another story says she took $2 and was going to buy a new brassiere at the dime store. She was driving her husband's black 1935 Ford Model A coupe with the 1941 North Carolina license plate number 219-056.
Lelia and Mary Rachel have never been heard from again. Their vehicle was apparently never recovered. Authorities investigated the idea that Lelia murdered her daughter and took her own life, but there was no evidence to support this. Lelia and Mary Rachel were declared legally dead in 1948.
Lelia's husband, Edis Clarence "E.C." Bryan, is the prime suspect in his wife and daughter's disappearances. He died in 1976 and was never charged in their cases. It was theorized that E.C. buried Lelia and Mary Rachel's bodies beneath the concrete foundation of his beach cottage on Raleigh Avenue.
In early 2009, investigators cut away concrete from the basement floor and dug underneath in search of human remains, but nothing of interest was found and the house has been ruled out as a burial site. Mary Rachel and Lelia's disappearances remain unsolved.
Investigating Agency / Department
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation