Joan Cecilia Scaggs
Scaggs, approximately 1983
Date reported missing : 11/12/1983
Missing location (approx) :
Boulder Creek, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/29/1930 (91)
Age at the time of disappearance: 53 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 130 pounds
Medical conditions : Scaggs took medication for her thyroid at the time of her disappearance; it was left behind.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Scaggs has a scar on her abdomen and a scar on her neck. Her last name may be spelled "Skaggs." She smoked cigarettes at the time of her disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Scaggs was last seen by her family on the evening of November 12, 1983 in her hometown of Boulder Creek, California. Her two sons stopped by their cabin in Redwood Rest Resort at 2:00 a.m. and Scaggs let them inside. They saw her return to her bedroom.
When they left, they locked the door. They came back later in the morning and Scaggs was gone. She left behind all her belongings, including her purse, identification, money, medication, cigarettes, lighter and extra clothes. Only her nightclothes and a high-altitude map of the area were missing.
Neighors reported hearing a car with a low-rumbling muffler in the area at approximately 3:00 a.m.; the car door slammed and voices were heard. A child said he heard "screaming" that morning. There were no sightings of Scaggs, however, and she has never been heard from again.
Scaggs is described as a loner with few friends. One of her sons lived with her at the time of her disappearance, but he was planning on moving to South Carolina and she was upset about it. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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