Girl Kidnapped from Venture parking lot
Still Wonder

United States

#26 Jan 6, 2011
not saying wrote:
Did you know that where kmart is in Festus used to be the venture store. And people say the parking lot is haunted. The workers there say they can hear a girl screaming at night but no one is there. It's probably the ghost of Diana.
...... Your're an idiot. She was a real person with a real family and friends. Real people (like me) remember going to Asbury Bible Camp with her and wish like everyone else that there will be an answer someday to what happened.
music lover

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#27 Jan 24, 2011
I remember in eighth grade (88'), our teacher at Festus, history class (coach weik) had us all write a letter to Unsolved Mysteries (address info. on chalkboard) to please air an episode involving missing Diana case. years later after high school I remember watching the story on unsolved mysteries. What is even more of a mystery, is that in Festus High school '92 our history Teacher Ms. Albano committed suicide. It was announced on the intercom by our principal that she'd been found deceased. The entire school was silent throughout. We talked about it the remaining classes (teachers to students). This was back in the olden days no counselors were sent in like they do now. Everyone coped on their own. I heard from elders that she'd overdosed on her weight loss pills, put a plastic bag over her head and slit her throat committed suicide because her girlfriend had dumped her and she was stuck with a house payment and was heartbroken over it. Now that I'm old, it sounds to me more like a murder???? bad over her head and slitting her throat? Anybody know more to this - it was sad she was a good teacher. she was my gym teacher and history teacher. I had her last period for gym, and she took our class to the track for jogging and walking. I walked with Miss Albano everyday to the track, the other senior girls were mean to her and I felt sorry for her, you could tell she was sad and I wanted to cheer her up. I walked with her and chatted with her on friday during gym class and then on monday she didn't show and then the principal announced she was deceased. I feel bad that I was 16, and was nice to her and then she killed herself. SAD (sorry wrong thread but I thought I'd give it a shot)
just to share

Festus, MO

#28 Mar 12, 2011
Does anyone know if they are still looking for Diana, or has case been closed? Maybe unsolved mysteries will air her story again. Someone has to know something.

Since: Jan 11

Davisburg, MI

#29 Mar 12, 2011
just to share wrote:
Does anyone know if they are still looking for Diana, or has case been closed? Maybe unsolved mysteries will air her story again. Someone has to know something.
Hi "just to share", Diana is still missing. There are no leads that have been made public in the last 10 years.
Frugal

Eldon, MO

#30 Mar 21, 2011
Larry_T

Arnold, MO

#31 Apr 5, 2011
Was there a vehicle description of a possible abductor? Does anyone know where I might be able to find the composite sketch of the possible abductor?
army_eng_wife

Junction City, KS

#32 Apr 7, 2011
music lover wrote:
I remember in eighth grade (88'), our teacher at Festus, history class (coach weik) had us all write a letter to Unsolved Mysteries (address info. on chalkboard) to please air an episode involving missing Diana case. years later after high school I remember watching the story on unsolved mysteries. What is even more of a mystery, is that in Festus High school '92 our history Teacher Ms. Albano committed suicide. It was announced on the intercom by our principal that she'd been found deceased. The entire school was silent throughout. We talked about it the remaining classes (teachers to students). This was back in the olden days no counselors were sent in like they do now. Everyone coped on their own. I heard from elders that she'd overdosed on her weight loss pills, put a plastic bag over her head and slit her throat committed suicide because her girlfriend had dumped her and she was stuck with a house payment and was heartbroken over it. Now that I'm old, it sounds to me more like a murder???? bad over her head and slitting her throat? Anybody know more to this - it was sad she was a good teacher. she was my gym teacher and history teacher. I had her last period for gym, and she took our class to the track for jogging and walking. I walked with Miss Albano everyday to the track, the other senior girls were mean to her and I felt sorry for her, you could tell she was sad and I wanted to cheer her up. I walked with her and chatted with her on friday during gym class and then on monday she didn't show and then the principal announced she was deceased. I feel bad that I was 16, and was nice to her and then she killed herself. SAD (sorry wrong thread but I thought I'd give it a shot)
I remember this too. I went to the memorial. There was no room left for people. I remember the rumors and such too. Everyone thought it funny about the bag and I forget what other parts sounded odd. She was a good teacher.
CountryGirl

Greenbrier, AR

#33 May 7, 2011
army_eng_wife wrote:
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I remember this too. I went to the memorial. There was no room left for people. I remember the rumors and such too. Everyone thought it funny about the bag and I forget what other parts sounded odd. She was a good teacher.
I don't know why but for some reason tonight I was thinking about Diana and found this page. It is hard to believe that someone can be missing for over 20 years and no leads. I was very young when this happened and can remember my parents praying for her.

On a diff note. Ms Albano was my history teacher as well. Strange I never questioned her death but hearing about it now it does sound really odd.

I always thought Festus was a safe place to live. Maybe it wasn't.
Dan Braungardt

Saint Louis, MO

#34 Oct 16, 2011
Jay Christian wrote:
There will be a book published soon that will shed new light on the case of Diana Braungardt and other cold cases in the Midwest.
My wife was searching the web and came across this forum. Who are you and what information have you got about a book being published when the family hasn't been informed of that?
mans name

Pevely, MO

#35 Oct 17, 2011
according by liz irwin wrote:
news democrat staff writer. the title was 'CUSTOMER SOUGHT FOR QUESTIONING"MAN BELIEVED LAST CUSTOMER FOR MISSING GIRL.the police circulate a composite drawing of the man.prepared by a venture employee.the customer was seen the night of march 11 at closing time at the venture store.he was the last custoner and he bought fishing equipment.did they ever find this man to question him and if so who was he?
I believe it was a man with the last name Fastnut. They did question him. He has since moved out of the region. Many strange things about that fella.
LindaLee

North Weymouth, MA

#36 Dec 29, 2011
sos wrote:
Does anyone remember the name of the girl that was kidnapped from the Venture store parking lot several years ago. I think her first name was Diana but I can't remember her last name.
Her name was Diana Jane Baumgart, her father was the minister at the First United Methodist Church in Festus/Crystal City, MO
Brandi Braungardt

Tempe, AZ

#38 May 11, 2012
Hi All. I am the daughter of Dan Braungardt, Diana's brother. Rev Marvin & Jane Braungardt are my grandparents. I know that my father posted a question regarding a potential book. Does anyone have any more information about this? Thanks.
Dianas Classmate

Saint Louis, MO

#39 Jun 15, 2012
Jay Christian wrote:
There will be a book published soon that will shed new light on the case of Diana Braungardt and other cold cases in the Midwest.
Are you an idiot? Why would you post something like this without contacting Diana's parents first? Also....where is the book to which you refer? Are you a psycho looking for attention? Are you trying to stir up the past and give false hopes to Diana's parents, family and friends? Keep your mouth shut if you are.

Since: Aug 08

Southbury, CT

#40 Sep 4, 2012
go to crystal city forum and read my post

Since: Aug 08

Southbury, CT

#41 Sep 4, 2012
here is what i kind of posted on crystal forum
my friends and i used to go to festus,mo.all the time.it was a exciting place to be.especially the bars and cruising town.i was at ventures shopping one day.a man greeted me with a hello.he was a man that went to the bars also.he told me before at the bars he was gay.he also worked for jc penny beauty shop and he had pics took of him at some model agency that was in your area.the man was very good looking.blondish brown hair,kind of tall .any way we talked then he pointed out a lady to me that was at the register.he called her a name,said she was a virgin ,her dad was a preacher.said the girl thought she was something else.then he told me he was on vacation and going to the virgin islands.i also seen another man stalking and watching a lady at the register.he was kind of stocky built broad shoulders and dark hair.when i was done shopping i went to the register were the lady was.i think she had on a purple vest or sweater with teddy bears on it and dark pants.its been along time.so it is hard to remember.then one night i went to the bar in that area.a lady from my area was in the bar.first thing she did was tell me about the girl missing.so i went to the police dept one day.went in the front door ask to talk to a officer.they told me to go back out the door and to the left side of the building.i went in there asked a lady at the window to talk to a officer.she told me they were very busy.i waited gave her a note.i guess on the note was my phone number.never heard from them so i went back a couple of times.no officer around.finally i talked to a officer in a black uniform.i can barely remember what he looked like.took me to a room on the left called the field room.i didn't know what field room meant.i was nervous .i talked and talked .had my story on paper.i don't remember him asking any questions.i went home.no officer ever contacted me .so the story i had on paper on what i saw at ventures.i threw away.i thought if they don't care why should i.i do care and i hope they find the lady.the police station i went to .i don't know how to explain it.it was on the same road as the good will store and a restaurant that used to be called petit paree..go by the library.then farther the police station was on the right. i hope my story don't bother anyone.i apoligize to all of you if it does.how do you think it makes me feel though.wondering all these years if those two men had anything to do with her disappearance?was it her at the register?and what was the deal with the police.no asking questions?
Still Lives in Festus

United States

#42 Sep 5, 2012
Really?? Jefferson County is not safe? What statistics do you have to back your statement? There is crime everywhere in the United States and a couple people get shot, a few go missing and that warrants an "unsafe place to live"? I am sorry you feel this way and I am sorry for those who happen to live in Jefferson County where their loved ones were effected by crimes but to single out our county is childish. Thank goodness you left and I hope you are safe where you have chosen to live.
Still Lives in Festus

United States

#43 Sep 5, 2012
oldfestustiger wrote:
I was in school when she disappeared. Her mom went straight back to work in the cafeteria. Every student including the football players hugged her as she punched our lunch tickets. Our history teacher wrote on the board the info. for unsolved mysteries, the story finally aired. An article in the newspaper once said her mom left the back porch light on every night for her just in case. God bless her family. And by the way Jefferson County is a very unsafe place to live and am glad to not be an inhabitant anymore.
Really?? Jefferson County is not safe? What statistics do you have to back your statement? There is crime everywhere in the United States and a couple people get shot, a few go missing and that warrants an "unsafe place to live"? I am sorry you feel this way and I am sorry for those who happen to live in Jefferson County where their loved ones were effected by crimes but to single out our county is childish. Thank goodness you left and I hope you are safe where you have chosen to live.
truth

Saint Louis, MO

#44 Sep 6, 2012
Festus has changed- it has gotten worse. In my opinion, How can we expect to feel safe & protected when we hire the guy who was charged with shooting those kids in the truck when it rolled back a few years ago up in north Mo? Yes, found not guilty by the criminal courts, but guilty on civil trial. The MSHP had enough evidence to take him to trial & remove h from his Law Enforcement position.
eric

Glendale, CA

#45 May 6, 2013
6 years ago, I was in line @ the California DMV. I was just day dreaming, looking around... I found myself looking at a poster for missing children, when I noticed Diana... out of maybe 100 different pictures... From across the room....
I met her when I was 11, she was 12. Every week we met up at La Jolla Roller skating rink. In Harvester MO.... We spoke on the phone for hours. Eventually she invited me over to her house for dinner. This was a huge event in my life. Her mom made lasagna. We later attended a school basketball Game. I met her family...
I think of her all the time.
Worked in same mall

United States

#46 May 7, 2013
I worked at Pizza Hut in the same mall when this happened. I think of Diane all the time and pray for her safe return and pray for her family. Today three women were rescued safely in Ohio after ten years and it makes me hopeful that Diane is still safe.

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