Brenda Lee Borowski
Borowski, approximately 1995; John Noser, approximately 2010
Date and time person was reported missing : 08/15/1995
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 02/01/1960 (61)
Age at the time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 125 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : White shorts with black polka dots.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Borowski has a scar on the left side of her chest.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Borowski was left her home in the Swanton Meadows mobile home park in Swanton, Ohio sometime between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. on August 15, 1995. She was en route to work; she was a drapery salesperson at the Elder-Beerman department store. Borowski's two teenAge at the time of disappearance: children were asleep when she left. They notified police when she didn't return by mid-evening.
The last sighting of Borowski was at 10:00 a.m., when she withdrew money from an ATM in Toledo, Ohio. She was accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Noser, at the time. They had lived together for a year and broke up two months before her disappearance. Borowski has never been heard from again.
Noser was arrested two days later, in the remote wooded campsite where he was living in Middletown, Ohio. He had been driving Borowski's 1983 Pontiac, and its steering column had been peeled open. Police later searched the nearby woods and found some of Borowski's clothing, makeup and jewelry; the items had been burned recently.
Noser was charged with auto theft, but the charge was dropped because he claimed Borowski had loaned him the vehicle and no one could prove she hadn't. He said Borowski had been shot to death during a botched drug deal and her body was dumped near a landfill in north Toledo. A search of the landfill turned up no clues, however.
In 1999, Noser was charged with Borowski's murder. Investigators believe jealousy was the motive; Noser didn't want Borowski to start dating anyone else. He was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.
Borowski has never been located. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.
Other information and links : ncy
Fulton County Sheriff's Department
Middletown Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Toledo Blade
The Bryan Times
Ohio Department of Corrections
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