February 19, 2015
Release by: Sgt. Jason Hail
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office has been conducting an on-going investigation into the disappearance of Deborah Diane Owens. Deborah Owens was reported missing by her husband, Marvin Gail Owens (age 62) on November 21, 1978 two days after Marvin said he had last seen her. Deborah Owens was living with her husband Marvin Owens and their children at 5373 Crestridge Drive, Oroville when she was last seen. To date, no one including Deborah’s now grown children and other relatives have ever heard from her and no evidence of life has surfaced. The husband, Marvin Owens has long been suspected of killing and disposing of Deborah’s body.
Former Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff has been working on Cold Case homicides in Butte County and has spearheaded this case. As a result of this investigation, the Butte County District Attorney has filed a felony arrest warrant charging Marvin Owens with the murder of his wife, Deborah Diane Owens. Marvin Owens was arrested by the Keith County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska. The exact timeframe for Marvin Owens extradition from Nebraska back to Butte County is unknown.
Investigators are looking into the possible connections between the disappearance of Deborah Owens and another missing and suspected deceased woman named Essie Margarette Hiett, who disappeared in February 1978.
The following is a link to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office website detailing unsolved missing person cases:
Anyone with information is asked contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox