Deborah Lois Dean
Dean, approximately 1985; Age at the time of disappearance: -progressions to an unknown Age at the time of disappearance:
Date reported missing : 05/03/1985
Missing location (approx) :
St. Louis, Missouri
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 125 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Unknown. Dean typically wore t-shirts, vests and blouses when dressed up and jeans when dressed casually. Her shoes included high heels, boots and sneakers. She normally wore rings, earrings, necklaces, bEthnicity : lets and a wristwatch.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/green eyes. Dean is right-handed. Both her earlobes are pierced and one of her ears is pierced multiple times in the upper part. She smoked cigarettes and she had an athletic build in 1985. Her nicknames are Deb and Debbie, and she may spell her name "Debra." Dean enjoys wearing her hair in various different styles. Dean wears prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. The eyeglasses have a slight sunglass tint and the contact lenses have a slight green tint. Dean's teeth are greenish-colored; she took medication as a baby that discolored them.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Dean was on her way home to Tucson, Arizona when she disappeared on May 3, 1985. She had visited a friend in Pennsylvania and was returning home by Greyhound bus.
It was established that she made it as far as St. Louis, Missouri. She may have taken the bus to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma afterwards.
Dean's family was supposed to pick her up in Phoenix, Arizona, but she never arrived there. A single piece of her luggAge at the time of disappearance: was taken all the way to Los Angeles, California before being returned to her family.
Dean's purse was found at a truck stop cafe in St. Louis, along the Greyhound route. In August 1985, after no one claimed it, it was mailed to her address in Tucson.
Both Missouri and Arizona authorities are handling Dean's investigation. Few details are available in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
St. Louis, Missouri Police Department
Tucson, Arizona Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Tucson Weekly
The Doe Network
MySpace pageheader for Deborah Lois Dean
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