Details of Disappearance Carol was last seen in Troy, Michigan on October 26, 1983. She visited a male friend at his apartment and was last seen between 11:00 and 11:45 p.m., when she left to go home.
Her 1981 Buick was found parked in the driveway of her house on Wentworth Place, with the keys in the ignition and her purse and eyeglasses on the front seat. She didn't leave a note for her three children, which is uncharacteristic of her behavior. She also left behind all her clothes, belongings and money.
Carol was in the process of a divorce in 1983; the case supposed to go before a judge in November. She and her husband, Donald, still lived in the same house, but Donald said they kept apart from each other and he hadn't seen her since October 19, a week before her disappearance.
Although her great-grandfather founded the business that would become that K-Mart store chain, she lived a middle-class existence. She sold makeup part-time and was taking a course in court reporting at the local college. Her family said she wasn't destined to inherit a fortune, as her grandfather's estate would be split between his three children and fifteen grandchildren.
Police found blood in the trunk of Donald's 1978 Mercedes after Carol's disappearance. They got a court order to obtain blood samples from Donald and the three children to compare with the stain, but Donald's attorney was able to get the order rescinded and the samples were never provided. He was considered a possible suspect in her disappearance, but never charged.
Carol's loved ones stated she was stressed about the divorce, but they didn't believe she would have walked out on her life or abandoned her children. After Donald's death in 1986, the investigation stalled.
Carol was declared legally dead in 1993. Her case remains unsolved.
- Troy Police Department
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 3, 2013; casefile added.