Nearly 50 Years Ago Ann Arbor Mom Put Her 3 Children To Bed And Disappeared In The Morning

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – Nearly 50 years ago, the children of a Ann Arbor wife woke up and couldn’t find her mother

Sandra “Sandy” Horwath has been missing since October 1, 1973. That day, she took her children to a Sears store in Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor. The family returned at 8:30 p.m. She took a phone call from a friend at 9:30 p.m. and put the kids to bed at 10 p.m.

When they woke up at 6 a.m., they couldn’t find her, and she hadn’t shown up for work at the University of Michigan Hospital.

The flowerbeds outside the house had been trampled on. Her watch and vehicle were found at home, but not her purse.

She might have been wearing a dress or a blue tank top, blue stretch dress pants, a white blazer, wood-based sandals with a beige strap, and a handbag.

This case is discussed in a book written by retired Ann Arbor police sergeant Michael Logghe. The book is called “The True Crimes and History of the Ann Arbor Police Department.”

According to Logghe, Horwath was divorced from her husband and dated occasionally. Logghe said when police interviewed her ex-husband, friends and colleagues, they found nothing suspicious.

The case was going nowhere until three years after her disappearance, police received a call from authorities in Texas. Houston detectives have arrested Gary Taylor for sexual assault. According to Logghe, Taylor’s wife told police that Taylor killed and buried three women and a man outside a rented house in Onstead, Michigan. They believed Horwath’s body was buried there.

Logghe said police were able to locate two bodies, both of which were shot. Horwath’s body was not one of these two, but Logghe believes his body was buried somewhere nearby. According to the book, Horwath had dated Taylor when she was working at the university.

According to Logghe, Taylor spent 13 years in a mental institution for shooting women in Royal Oak. He was given the nickname “the phantom sniper of Royal Oak”. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

According to New York TimesTaylor told police he had a “compulsion to hurt women.” He was later arrested in Houston on sex charges. He was questioned about the murders of at least 20 people in California, Michigan, Texas and Washington.

Taylor is now 86 and serving a life sentence in Washington State Penitentiary.


Details Sandra June Horwath
Missing date October 1, 1973
Missing age 33
age now 82
Last Known Location Ann Arbor
Height 5′6′’
lester 135 pounds
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown

Anyone with information should contact the Ann Arbor Police Department at 734-794-6920 or the FBI at 313-965-2323.


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