Dora Ruth Smith
Smith, approximately 1977
Date reported missing : 04/24/1977
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 47 years old
Height / Weight : Unknown
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A nightgown.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Gray hair. Smith wears dentures, but these were left behind.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was last seen at her residence in the 400 block of Weakly Street in Florence, Alabama on April 24, 1977. She apparently left her house in the middle of the night, leaving behind her dentures, purse, house key and all her clothes, and has never been heard from again. Her husband said he saw her get into a lime green Ford LTD. Her son reported her missing days later.
In 2003, the residents of Smith's former home found a letter signed with her name. It had been placed in an envelope with $200 and hidden under the wallpaper in the bedroom. The letter read, "They are trying to take my food away and kill me. Please help me."
Authorities searched the residence, and dug underneath a shed, but nothing further was found. Smith's case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Florence Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Whereabouts Still Unknown
The Times Daily
Never Forget Me
October 12, 2004. September 4, 2018; .
Interactive Missing Person Search Map