Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Linda was last seen on October 6, 1977 in Tustin, CA. She met with her ex-husband, Phillip LeBeau, that evening at Love's Restaurant at El Camino Real to collect money from him. She was last seen at a Texaco at Red Hill Avenue and El Camino Real in her Volkswagen bus. She got into a fight with a man who police now believe was her ex-husband, Phillip LeBeau. There was a history of domestic violence and animosity after the divorce. LeBeau had previously broken into her apartment, slashed the tires of her new boyfriend's car and sugar was poured into his gas tank.
A witness said he saw Durnall inside her Volkswagen van arguing with a man. After filling up her vehicle, she got into the driver's seat and backed into the witness' car. She then jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards Red Hill Avenue. The man, who investigators now believe was LeBeau, chased after her and brought her back. Durnall then went to talk to the owner of the car she hit.
Her Volkswagen bus was found four days later at the Red Hill freeway onramp to the southbound I-5 freeway. Her purse was found in the vehicle and there was no appearance of a struggle.
LeBeau, who died in 2008, is a suspect in the case. Police later learned LeBeau returned home much later than he was expected that night, wearing a different set of clothes and wet. He told investigators he was reminiscing at the house off Ortega Highway where he and his ex-wife used to live, and that he stopped for a swim. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Tustin Police Department