Pasadena Star-News articles from the 1980s and 1990s described the disappearance of John and Linda Sohus as a story with an interesting cast of characters.
The couple apparently met because of a mutual interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. Linda worked in a Sherman Oaks bookstore called Dangerous Visions. John was a computer nerd interested in Dungeons and Dragons.
After their disappearance, John Sohus’ mother, who lived at the Lorain Road home said she remained in touch with the couple through an unidentified third party. Linda’s mother and best friend reported receiving postcards with a picture of the Eifel Tower signed “Linda and John.”
The postcards claimed the couple were in France, but Linda admitted in one postscript that she wasn’t too good at geography.
A man who knew Linda through a group called the “Science Fantasy Society” described her as a “tall good-looking woman with wide hips.”
Sometime after the 1985 disappearance, John’s mother suffered a stroke. She moved into a trailer and spent her remaining days hoping for some communication from her lost son. One friend said she lost “zest for life and sobbed uncontrollably,” even though she believed the couple were alive on a secret mission in France.”