Amy Marie Yachimec

Amy, circa 1981

  • Missing Since 11/06/1981
  • Missing From Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 02/24/1968 (50)
  • Age 13 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3 - 5'4, 105 - 115 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue terrycloth short-sleeved shirt, maroon slacks, blue slip-on shoes, gold post-type earrings and a thin gold chain necklace.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Amy's ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Amy disappeared from apartment in the 3500 block of west Van Buren Street in Phoenix, Arizona on November 6, 1981. At 10:30 p.m., a 25-year-old neighbor, Raymond Diaz, and his 20-year-0ld girlfriend picked her up so she could go to a party. Amy woke up her twelve-year-old sister to invite her along, but she didn't want to go, and Amy left without her.

Later that night, Diaz and his girlfriend showed up at her parents' door to ask what was wrong. Diaz was naked at the time and his girlfriend had to get a blanket to wrap around him. Amy hadn't yet been reported missing at that time, and her family hadn't given any indication that there was anything wrong.

Diaz's cousin stated Diaz, his girlfriend and Amy were at the cousin's residence that night. Diaz wanted to have sex with Amy, but his cousin wouldn't allow it in the home and three of them left. Amy has never been heard from again.

Diaz was later convicted of kidnapping in a 1983 incident. His then-girlfriend now suffers from severe mental illness. Neither of them were ever charged in Amy's disappearance, but a hair consistent with Amy's was found in the car Diaz had borrowed on the night of her disappearance.

Authorities got a tip that she had been murdered and her body buried in the desert, but they were never able to verify this information. Amy is considered missing under suspicious circumstances. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Department 602-256-1000

Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 14, 2016; two pictures added.