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Alice Hummel disappeared in October 1990. Her husband, Bruce Hummel, told their children that she had moved away from their Alabama Hill home to find a job in California and then Texas. In 2009, Hummel was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1990 disappearance of his wife. At the time, according to court documents, Alice Hummel had begun to suspect her husband was molesting children. Prosecutors argued Hummel told their children their mother had left for California, and went so far as to fake letters from her in which she said she’d met a new man who was not interested in having children. One child found a “suicide letter” in his mother’s name written in his father’s handwriting.
The defense said the woman vanished after she decided to abandon her family. Bruce Hummel was given a maximum sentence of 45 years in a state prison after refusing to reveal the location of his wife's remains.
A state appeals court throw out the murder verdict against Hummel in 2012, reversing Bruce Hummel’s murder conviction and remanded the case for a second trial. Alice Hummel's body has never been found.
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