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The Disappearance of Dana Bruce

By Steve Huff in missing persons, unsolved
Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm

dbruce.jpgDana Bruce was reported missing on October 5. A family member grew concerned after Dana left her children overnight with a babysitter on October 4. The 23-year-old resident of Sedalia, MO was supposed to go with a male friend to Malone's on Main. Dana left with a man driving a red truck. She hasn't been seen since.

Now detectives from Missouri are in Atlanta talking to a man they call a "person of interest" in Dana's disappearance. Scent dogs and officers are combing the area around where the man worked in Sedalia. He was a pipefitter and welder at Pro Energy.

The man who is being questioned in Georgia was arrested in Atlanta. He has been charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. The 34-year-old apparently decided to leave Sedalia on October 14, after police there said they'd like to interview him again about Dana's disappearance.

The missing woman was dana_jane22 on MySpace.com. Her profile was a study in contrasts. She had a "Playboy's Finest" background decorated with the iconic bunny head in neon white edged with purple, and glittering graphics reading "Hot Stuff" and "I cared to [sic] much in the past to care now." Dana also had a graphic featuring a photo of her and her two children, towheaded little boys barely out of pull-ups.

Dana Bruce had 108 friends on MySpace, and most of the top 28 friends visible on her main page were young men, often with their shirts off and throwing faux gangsta attitude at the camera.

The comments left by some friends since October 4 told some of the story behind the mystery of Dana Bruce's disappearance.

On October 5th, a female friend wrote "dana is missing!!!" She continued, "this is not a joke." The following day a friend named Janet repeated the first message about Dana's disappearance and added, "DANA HAS TWO KIDS THAT SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT FOR THIS LONG. IF YOU READ THIS DANA PLEASE CALL US EVERYONE IS WORRIED SICK ABOUT YOU !!!!"

An interesting aspect of the comments was the detail mentioned in passing about the man with whom Dana was last seen; no one in her usual circle of friends seemed to know who he was.

By October 15, Dana's friend Angelina was panicked. Her comment read, in part, "I CANT TAKE MUCH MORE..I WISH THERE WAS A WAY FOR THE FAMILY TO KNOW YOUR OK..YOU KNOW WE ALL LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!!!ITS BEEN A WEEK AN A HALF AN NOBODY HAS HEARD FROM YOU IF THERES ANY WAY FOR YOU TO LET US KNOW YOUR OK PLEASE DO SO..."

It just isn't looking good for Dana Bruce. A mysterious disappearance. A man who skips town when the police request an interview. None of it adds up to a good result. And even if Dana's vanishing isn't a high-profile case, it's quite clear there are some friends, relatives, and two small boys who care very much about what happened to her.

And all the hardbodies in Dana's top 28? Whoever they are (not all of them are celebrities, except perhaps in their own minds), not a single one has left a comment since she vanished.

[Sedalia Democrat and MyFoxKC.com.]

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