Ann Bernice Duncan
Duncan, approximately 1969
Date reported missing : 10/03/1969
Missing location (approx) :
San Francisco, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/11/1938 (83)
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 105 - 115 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Unknown, but she usually dressed in casual but stylish clothing and often wore a scarf.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Duncan may use the last name Burns. Her hair was in a Marilyn Monroe style in 1969, and she occasionally dyed it blonde or wore a red wig. She is double-jointed.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Duncan was last seen in San Francisco, California on October 3, 1969, when she had an appointment with social services regarding foster care placement for her six-week-old son. She never made the next appointment and has never been heard from again.
Duncan had other children who were also in foster homes, and she visited them regularly, but the visits ceased abruptly in October 1969. Her occasional phone calls to her mother also stopped around this time. Her baby son was later declared abandoned and placed for adoption.
Duncan's family stated although she was unable to care for her children, she loved them and wouldn't have willingly deserted them. They think she was in fear of her life around the time of her disappearance, and that she may have been murdered. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
San Francisco Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe.
By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends.
Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
October 12, 2004. November 27, 2011; two pictures and alternate weight added.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map