Kym Morgan disappeared on April 28, 1985, after telling her roommate that she was going to meet a man who had called her about a newspaper ad Morgan had placed trying to find a new place to live. The ad stated that Morgan would babysit, garden, or do chores in exchange for rent and board. Morgan told her roommate that she was going to meet the man and his children at the County Lumber store on the mesa in Santa Barbara, California.
Morgan was reported missing the next day, April 29, 1985, after she had not returned and her roommate and landlord found Morgan's vehicle abandoned and unlocked in the lumber store parking lot. Four days later, Morgan's partial remains were found strewn along the side of East Camino Cielo Road in the Los Padres National Forest above Santa Barbara, California. Her thighs had been placed alongside each other in a culvert. Her torso, right arm and lower left leg are still missing.
Morgan drove a 1962 white Chevy Corvair. She was a photography student at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.