Helen Vorhees Brach (born November 10, 1911), was an American multi-millionairess widow whose wealth had come from marrying into the E. J. Brach & Sons Candy Company fortune; she endowed the Helen V. Brach Foundation to promote animal welfare in 1974. Helen Brach disappeared on February 17, 1977 and was declared legally dead in May 1984. An investigation into the case uncovered serious criminal activity associated with Chicago stable owners including Silas Jayne and Richard Bailey (with whom Brach was romantically involved). More than a decade later Bailey was charged with, but not convicted of, conspiring to murder Mrs. Brach; he eventually received a long sentence after being convicted of defrauding her.
After a routine medical check-up, Helen Brach left the Mayo Clinic for the return journey to her north suburban Chicago mansion on February 17, 1977. A gift shop assistant near the clinic insisted that Mrs. Brach had said, “I’m in a hurry, my houseman is waiting.” This is the last sighting of Brach by an independent witness.
The crew on the airliner she was supposed to return on did not report seeing her on the flight;