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Find Missing April Ann Cooper!

Find Missing April Ann Cooper!

Find missing April Ann Cooper!
When last seen, she was walking to a campground.
And then she is gone, gone, gone.
She has apparently been abducted.
It seems the suspect has been found.
Where is April?

Find Missing April Ann Cooper!
Details

Find missing April Ann Cooper! April Ann Cooper has been missing since December 13, 1986. She is missing from Rancho, California. Her case is classified as a non-family abduction. Her year of birth is 1979. At her disappearance, April was 7 years old. Her current age is approximately 39 years of age. April Ann Cooper is a Caucasian female. She is described as 4’6″ and 60 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are blue. At the time of her 1986 disappearance, April’s upper front teeth were missing. When last seen, April was wearing a white leotard and a lavender dress. She wore a white sweater and white leather dress shoes.

April Ann Cooper is a Caucasian female. She is described as 4’6″ and 60 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her
hair is blonde and her eyes are blue. At the time of her 1986 disappearance, April’s upper front teeth were missing. When last seen, April was wearing a white leotard and a lavender dress. She wore a white sweater and white leather dress shoes.

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Circumstances

April Ann Cooper was last seen walking to an arcade. It was located at Woodchuck RV Campground in Rancho, California, on December 13, 1986. She and her mother lived there. She has never been heard from again. April was being supervised by a neighbor, William James Bannister. This was at the time she disappeared. Bannister was employed as a truck driver from Colorado in 1986. He had offered to babysit her when she and her mother went to work. Her job was at at an Old Town Temecula thrift store in Temecula, California that day. Bannister said he gave April five dollars to play video games at the arcade. And she never returned home.

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Aftermath of Disappearance

The day after April’s disappearance, Bannister went to his father’s wedding reception. He went in dirt-caked clothes. B
Bannister told the other attendees that he had gotten dirty while participating in the search for April. (In fact, he reportedly was not part of the search efforts.) He spoke to his father privately. Then he left the reception a short time afterward. That evening, Bannister’s father told his new wife that Bannister had “done it again.” Bannister had killed his girlfriend in San Diego, California in 1978. And he served five years in prison for second-degree murder in that case. He was released from prison in 1984.

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Other Criminal Activity

After April’s disappearance, in 1993, Bannister tried to strangle his son’s fourteen-year-old girlfriend. He proceeded to do this in the back of his truck. And he sentenced to sixteen years for attempted murder. When police searched the truck for evidence in that case, they found jewelry, bloodstained women’s undergarments and several ligatures. Bannister was charged with April’s presumed homicide in 1995. This charge came nine years after she disappeared. He was extradited from Colorado to California for the trial. Investigators believed that he killed April as part of a brutal sexual fantasy. Then he concealed her remains. His father was deceased by then. But Bannister’s son testified that, in 1989, Bannister had told him April was dead.

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Recently

Bannister allegedly stated April fell off a rock. And she broke her neck while they were hiking together. He was convicted of her murder in 1998 and sentenced to life in prison without parole in early 1999. Authorities believe he may have also been involved in the disappearance of Laurie Lucas. She is a Colorado woman who vanished in 1990. But he has never faced charges in that case. April’s body has never been located. She was a first-grade student at Cottonwood Elementary School in December 1986. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

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Appeal

April Ann Cooper has been missing for 32 years. Very few results show up in her case on the Internet. It seems that many firsthand article sources have been removed from searches. I can verify only the basic facts. But April has never been found! Presumed murdered is not the same thing as actually murdered. April’s body has never been found. There is a small chance that she may be alive. April was only 7 when last seen. She has been missing for far longer than she has been seen alive. Her family have to be suffering, even though it seems that they have made few public statements or set up anything on social media for her.

Do you have any information about the whereabouts of April Ann Cooper? Do you have information about William James Bannister? Do you have information about anyone else who many have contributed to April’s disappearance?

If you think you know the whereabouts of April Ann Cooper, BEFORE TAKING ANY ACTION, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at: (714) 674-2183 or (951) 955-2450. You may contact your local law enforcement agency or the California Department of Justice at 1-800-222-FIND (24 hour nationwide toll-free Hotline) or (916) 210-3119 or Email us at missing.persons@doj.ca.gov. Or you can leave your tip online: Click here to leave your tip online. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

NCMEC Case Number: 600818
Agency Case Number: F86347048

April Ann Cooper has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.
April Ann Cooper has a California Attorney General’s Office profile. Click here to view it.
This is a Find A Grave profile for April Ann Cooper. Click here to learn more.
April Ann Cooper has a GINA Foundation for Missing Persons profile. Click here to view it.
April Ann Cooper has a California Missing Alert profile. Click here to view it.
The above information is found on April Ann Cooper’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.
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