Details of Disappearance
Annette was last seen at approximately 7:00 a.m. on October 4, 1988 in her hometown of Mount Holly, South Carolina. She was standing with her dog at the bus stop in front of the Mount Holly Plantation at the time, waiting to go to classes at Westview Middle School, where she was a sixth-grader.
When the bus arrived twenty minutes later, Annette was gone. She has never been seen again. Her stepfather, Thomas Steven "Steve" Malinoski, didn't realize she was missing until that afternoon, when she didn't come home from school and he found out she'd never arrived there.
Annette vanished from the same location her mother, Korrina Sagers Malinoski
, disappeared from nearly one year earlier, five days before Thanksgiving in November 1987. Steve said she left after an argument. When she did not show up for work, her boss went looking for her and found her car parked at the entrance to Mount Holly Plantation. Steve, who is Annette's stepfather, worked as a caretaker at the plantation. The family lived in a cabin on the property, which encompassed 6,000 acres.
Steve discovered a penciled note at the bus stop after Annette was reported missing. The note was addressed to him and said, "Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug." Handwriting experts determined that the note was written by Annette. There has been no other sign of either Annette or Korrina since 1988. No one saw anyone pick Annette up.
Authorities do not know if Korrina did in fact return for Annette; the child could have written the note under duress. Some theorize that Annette knew something about her mother's disappearance and was silenced, but there is no evidence to support any theory. One of Korrina and Steve's children said his parents argued frequently and some of their arguments were violent, that Steve was addicted to drugs.
Steve moved to Florida several months after Annette's disappearance, giving up his rights to his two sons by Korrina. The boys were sent into foster care but were eventually adopted. Steve maintains his innocence in both cases. In 2000, an anonymous caller directed police to search for a body in Sumter County. Investigators took a cadaver-sniffing dog to the location, but found no sign of any remains.
Annette's case is classified as a non-family abduction due to the lack of evidence regarding her and her mother's fates.