Lorene Roberts

Lorene Roberts

Real Name: Vera Lorene Roberts Houtkin
Case: Lost Heir
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: February 12, 1964


Details: Lorene Roberts grew up in Dripping Springs, Texas. While in high school, she was on the basketball team and was a member of the pep club. For unknown reasons, she dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen. After dropping out of school, she worked as a waitress in Austin, Texas. In 1949, Lorene met a young serviceman; just ten days later, they were married. They had three children, and in 1956, they moved to her husband's hometown in New Jersey. Her husband's family disliked Lorene; they even bought her and the children train tickets back to Texas. After returning to Austin, Lorene and her husband divorced.
Lorene worked and had her oldest son watch the younger children. Lorene, however, was unable to raise and support her children, so she gave them up for adoption. Lorene's emotional and mental states began to deteriorate; she eventually asked her sister Ruby to take her to the state mental hospital. Between 1957 and 1961, Lorene was admitted to the hospital five separate times. Each time she was released, she found work as a waitress. However, the pressure at the job would be too great for her, so she would re-admit herself to the hospital.
In 1959, Lorene showed up at Ruby's house unannounced; she told Ruby that she was engaged to a college professor. Ruby could tell that she was still not well, but Lorene left before she could get her help. Two weeks later, Ruby received a bill for Lorene's engagement ring; Lorene had bought the ring herself, but failed to make the payments.
For reasons unknown, Lorene stopped contacting her family; she was last seen on February 12, 1964, when she visited another mental hospital. In 1988, Lorene's mother passed away and she left a $100,000 inheritance for each of her children, including Lorene. A court-appointed attorney has been assigned to search for her so that she can inherit the money.
In 1985, Lorene's daughter Debbie Russ (who had located her brothers in 1978) found her mother's family members and learned that her mother was missing. The Roberts family is searching for Lorene not only to reunite with her, but to also have her receive her inheritance. Her family fears that she may now be homeless, living on the streets and not knowing her identity.

Lorene and family

Lorene reunited with her sisters

Extra Notes: This segment was featured as part of the December 11, 1991 episode.
Results: Solved. Vera Lorene Roberts-Houtkin watched the segment and called the telecenter. She now goes by the name "Vera" and had been living in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the past thirty years, where she worked as a housekeeper for just room and board.
Vera's sister Ruby flew to Little Rock to pick her up and return her to Austin, Texas. She has been reunited with her sisters, children, and other family members. Lorene also received her $100,000 inheritance. She stayed in Austin for three months before returning to her home in Little Rock. Sadly, Lorene passed away in 1997 at the age of sixty-four.
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