Brenda Joan Allen-Szabo
Missing since March 1, 1983 from San Diego, San Diego County, California.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Brenda was last seen in San Diego County, CA. She indicated to a family member she would be traveling to Texas to visit them but never arrived.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, she ran away from home in 1966, then crisscrossed the country from New York to California.
Szabo gave birth to four children, her first in 1966, her last in 1977. As her life was troubled, she gave them up for adoption.
In California, Szabo's drug use continued, as did a series of arrests that landed her in and out of jail and prison, starting in 1969.
Szabo waitressed, danced in nightclubs, and sold drugs and sex, county records show. She changed Social Security numbers frequently and used a number of aliases, according to court documents and family members.
In the early 1980s, Szabo started pulling her life together. She moved to the Antelope Valley, enrolled in a community college and took courses in wildlife and forestry, transcripts show. She was off drugs and working as a dog groomer.
Szabo told relatives she was heading back to Dallas. She said she would call in two weeks, but never did. She has not been seen since.
Investigators San Diego Police Department
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Agency Case Number: 05-042586A
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