Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RIP Carol Vogel

Joshua Tree woman found dead was prolific TV actress

Hi-Desert Star
By Stacy Moore, Hi-Desert Star
Thursday, November 30, 2017

FLAMINGO HEIGHTS — Carol Vogel, 75, who once acted in TV series such as “Wonder Woman” and “CHiPs” was found dead in a dirt field behind a house on Luna Vista Lane Saturday.

Vogel’s family reported her missing at 12:08 p.m. Nov. 22, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said. Family members told a deputy that Vogel left her Joshua Tree home in her black truck and needed to take medication. An off-road rider spotted Vogel’s truck disabled in a field about 100 yards north of the 57000 block of Luna Vista Lane Saturday. The resident of a nearby home called the Sheriff’s Department at 12:23 p.m. Saturday and said the truck, which she could barely see from her house, was still there, and a deputy responded.

Vogel’s body was found around 50-100 yards away from the truck, according to the Sheriff’s Department. “There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play,” Bachman said. “The coroner responded and took possession of the body and they’ll have to conduct an autopsy.” Homicide investigators were not called to the scene. Bachman said the investigation is being handled by the Morongo Basin sheriff’s station. An autopsy will probably be conducted next week, according to the coroner’s office.

Vogel’s first credited film appearances were in two unrated films: “Depraved!” in 1967 and “The Ghastly Ones” in 1968. She went on to appear in episodes of some of the most famous TV series of the 1970s and ’80s, including “Gunsmoke,” “The Rockford Files,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Serpico,” “Barnaby Jones,” “CHiPs,” “Wonder Woman,” “How the West was Won,” “Hotel,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Newhart” and “Starman,” according to the Internet Movie Database. She also acted in TV movies, including “Homeward Bound” in 1980.

On June 19, 2012, Vogel found her good friend and fellow actor Richard Lynch dead in his Yucca Valley home.

VOGEL, Carol (Carol Ann Vogel)
Born: 3/8/1942, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2107, Joshua Tree, California, U.S.A.

Carol Vogel’s westerns – actress:
Bonanza (TV) – 1972 (Amy)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1975 (Rachel)
How The West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Chastity)