Cassandra Lee Hailey

Hailey, circa 1988; Call's 1982 Toyota Celica

  • Missing Since 04/10/1988
  • Missing From Newport News, Virginia
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 05/16/1969 (50)
  • Age 18 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A long-sleeved, rust-colored jersey turtleneck with a white blouse over it, stone-washed jeans and a 1987 Tabb High School class ring.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hailey's left ear is pierced three times; her right ear is pierced twice. Her nicknames include Sandra, Sandy, Missy and Cassie (also spelled "Cassy").

Details of Disappearance

Hailey left her family's residence in Grafton, Virginia on April 9, 1988. Richard "Keith" Call picked her up for their first date and they planned to spend the day together. The couple traveled in Call's red 1982 Toyota Celica. It was their first date together, and Hall's first date since he broke up with his girlfriend of nearly four years.

They were last seen at a party in Newport News, Virginia at 1:30 a.m. on April 10. Neither of them has been seen again. A photo of Call's car is posted with this case summary.

Call's vehicle was discovered abandoned at the York River Overlook on Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, Virginia at 7:00 a.m. on April 10, but it was not reported to authorities until 9:00 a.m. Nothing appeared to have been disturbed: the keys were on the driver's seat, and a watch and eyeglasses were on the dashboard.

Nearly all of the clothing Call was wearing, including his underwear, was also found in the back of the car, as were some of Hailey's clothes and her underwear. Her purse and Call's wallet were missing. The wallet had contained at least $20 in cash.

There was no trace of Hailey or Call at the overlook. Authorities initially believed they had gone swimming and drowned, but an extensive search of the river turned up no sign of them, the water temperature was in the forties the night of their disappearances, and Hailey was afraid of the water. Foul play is now suspected in both their cases.

The bodies of three other young couples, all of them college students, were found in areas located off the Colonial Parkway from 1986 through 1989. In all cases, their cars were found abandoned with most of their possessions intact inside, but only Hailey and Call's bodies have never been found.

The Colonial Parkway extends for 23 miles and runs through the following Virginia cities: Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown. Authorities have long suspected that a serial killer stalked and killed in that region in the mid to late 1980s. They believe the perpetrator may have impersonated a law enforcement officer in order to approach his victims.

Both Call and Hailey were students at Christopher Newport College, now called Christopher Newport University, in 1988. Their cases remain unsolved.

Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 15, 2013; details of disappearance updated.