Cordelia Anne Harris
Harris, approximately 1999
Date reported missing : 07/03/1999
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Biracial, Black, White
DOB : 07/19/1957 (64)
Age at the time of disappearance: 41 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'5, 165 - 180 pounds
Medical conditions : Harris takes blood pressure medication; this medicine was left behind.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Harris's nickname is Della, and some accounts refer to her by that name. Her ears are pierced and she is known to wear wigs and hair weaves.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Harris was last seen in Detroit, Michigan on July 3, 1999. She left home with her husband so he could drop her off at her job at Home Depot. The couple got into an argument outside. They did eventually leave together, but Harris never showed up for work that day and has never been heard from again. She left all her belongings, including her purse and medication, behind at her home on Anglin.
The police interviewed Harris's husband and he passed a lie detector test. Before they could investigate him further, however, the Harris family's car was found burned, and Harris's husband left Detroit, taking their daughter with him, and moved to the southern United States.
Harris's family believes her husband was involved in her case, but he was never charged or named as a suspect. He died in Alabama in 2010. Her family describes her as a devoted mother and grandmother; they still hope for answers in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
Detroit Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Detroit News
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October 12, 2004. February 9, 2019; middle name, Height / Weight : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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