Dorothy Suzanne Carter
Carter, approximately 1981
Date reported missing : 06/03/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 02/28/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 29 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0 - 5'5, 110 - 140 pounds
Medical conditions : Carter is an alcoholic.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Carter has large scars on her thigh, abdomen and left hip. She has previously fractured her femur, and she had a full hysterectomy at Age at the time of disappearance: 26 due to cancer. Her nickname is Dottie, her maiden name is Adams, and her previous married name was Sylvester.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Carter was last seen in Lawrence, Massachusetts on June 3, 1981. She called her daughter collect that afternoon to ask if she wanted her stepfather to bring anything from McDonald's. This was the last time anyone ever spoke to her; she has never been heard from again.
Nothing was Missing location (approx) : Carter's apartment, except a clock radio and the clothes she was wearing. Her Social Security number hasn't been used since 1979, two years before her disappearance, and her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Lawrence Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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