Helen Marie Vorhees Brach
North American Missing Persons Network
Helen Marie Vorhees Brach

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Above Images: Brach

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 17, 1977 from Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 10, 1911
  • Age: 65
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Hair Color: Red
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Clothing: Fur coat.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Brach was reported last seen by her houseman Jack Matlick, who said he left her at O'Hare International Airport to board a flight to Florida. Brach had just finished a checkup at the the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
    Officers tracked down leads that led them to Matlick and a clan of criminal horsemen associated with Brach's friend Richard Bailey. In 1984, her body never found, Brach was legally declared dead. More than 10 years later, Bailey was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to kill her. Prosecutors argued that he and several others in the horse business would hoodwink wealthy women into paying inflated prices for show horses. They said that Bailey planned to kill Brach because he feared she had found out about being cheated and planned to tell authorities.

    Brach, a former hat-check girl and country club hostess, married into fortune when she tied the knot with Frank Brach, the onetime head of E.J. Brach & Sons Inc. After he died in 1970, Helen Brach was estimated to be worth $7 million to $100 million. In addition to her 18-room mansion on a 7-acre estate in Glenview, Brach had a farm retreat in Ohio and a $170,000 condominium apartment in Florida.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Glenview Police Department

    Source Information
    The Charley Project
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