Laura Ann Bradbury - A Father's Search

Author: Michael W. Bradbury

ISBN 978-1-60264-535-6 (softcover)

184 pages

This true and enlightening story takes place in 1984 when Laura Ann Bradbury, a 3 year old toddler, was cruelly kidnapped by a stranger in a remote campground in the Joshua Tree National Monument, in California. This is the actual account, written by her father and grandfather, of their immediate and desperate search for her, the reality, the fear and the horror that a parent feels when they and their child become victims of a kidnapper. The reader is taken on a terrifying journey, of dangerous surveillances, attempted murder, discreet conversations in back rooms, bars and jails, and secret meetings in isolated desert locations where terrified witnesses relayed their concerns, observations, and information, fearing retribution from both the drug dealers and the sheriffs. This amazing account of the search for Laura is a story which quickly caught the attention of the news media all across America in 1984. These are the actual details of the four year search for a beautiful and innocent little girl kidnapped by an emotionless monster, and the mystery that ensued in the bizarre trail left behind by the kidnappers, and those who covered it up.


Michael Bradbury has traveled and lived extensively all over the United States and Canada. For over four years, he spent every waking moment in an effort to find his missing 3 year old daughter, Laura, who was kidnapped from the Joshua Tree National Monument in 1984. Due to his efforts Laura was the first missing child to be featured on milk cartons, grocery bags, and bus stops across the country. During that time he helped other parents of missing children to locate their abducted children, working through various organizations including The Laura Bradbury Organization in Huntington Beach, CA. Testifying before a Senate Committee on Missing Children in 1985, he and his wife Patty also attended the grand opening of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C., founded by John Walsh. Michael and his wife Patty's efforts drew attention to the serious need to redefine the FBI's involvement in missing children's cases. This was in an effort to get the FBI's involvement in his own daughter's case, which until then had been denied by local authorities.

Category: Non-Fiction, True Crime

Type: books

Vendor: Michael W. Bradbury

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