Details of Disappearance Poe had two full-time jobs in 1990, one at a newspaper and one at the Circle K convenience store near Hall Road and Aloma Avenue in Orlando, Florida. She worked the night shift alone, five nights a week, at the time of her February 4, 1990 disappearance.
Poe's boyfriend saw her inside the store at approximately 1:00 a.m. A friend who drove by the store at 3:00 a.m. saw her standing behind the counter.
At between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m., a customer came into the store and saw a Caucasian man behind the counter. He was between 19 and 25 years old, had long black hair and dark eyes, and was wearing a black t-shirt with the Megadeth rock band logo and a dragon spitting fire, a skull ring on his finger, and a wire earring with a cross in his right ear.
He appeared to be the only person in the store and the customer assumed he was the clerk. She wanted some cigarettes, and had to point them out to the man because he did not know where they were. He used the cash register and made change when the customer made her purchase.
This man has never been identified and it's possible he was just another customer, but investigators would like to question him and find out what he knows about Poe's case. A sketch of the individual is posted with this case summary.
Poe's store was discovered unoccupied at 4:00 a.m. The customers who realized the store was attended called police. A cup of coffee and a carton of chocolate milk were on the floor behind the counter, and Poe's Circle K smock was also inside the store.
Her car was undisturbed in the parking lot with her purse in the backseat. Her paycheck and car keys were also inside it. There was no sign of a struggle at the scene, the cash register was locked and there no evidence of a robbery. It appeared as if the store had simply been abandoned.
Tracker dogs traced Poe's scent to the rear of the store, over a fence and to a road, where they lost the trail, which suggests she got into a vehicle. She has never been heard from again.
Poe's boyfriend said men, some of them drunk, frequently bothered her while she was working the night shift at the Circle K, and he'd been concerned for her safety. A naked man chased her around the store two weeks before she vanished, until she was able to lock him out.
Authorities said that they had a suspect in Poe's disappearance in March 2002, but refused to publicly identify the individual. Investigators searched an area of land near the Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Orange County around the same time. The location is in 8800 block of Trevarehon Road near State Road 417.
Authorities stated that a re-examination of the evidence in Poe's case led them to the suspect and to the area. It is not known if any material was uncovered during the process.
Poe grew up in northern Virginia. She took ballet lessons for fourteen years and dreamed of becoming a professional dancer. She moved to Orlando in 1989, and worked two jobs; the other one was in the retail sales department at the Orlando Sentinel.
She purchased a brand new red Toyota, and planned to buy a home and open a catering business in the future. She was sharing a duplex with a female roommate. Poe's father and older brother have died in the years since her disappearance; her mother is still alive, however. Her case remains unsolved.
- Orange County Sheriff's Office
Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 7, 2015; details of disappearance updated.