Dorothy Leishman Wood Madden

Above: Madden, circa 1968 (seven years prior to her disappearance)

  • Missing Since 08/08/1975
  • Missing From Lorain, Ohio
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Height and Weight 5'5 - 5'6, 125 - 135 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue blouse and white, yellow and brown checkered slacks.
  • Medical Conditions Madden suffered from encephalitis as a child, but it is not believed to have had any permanent effects. She may have been two and a half months pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Madden has arched eyebrows, a surgical scar on her knee and an appendectomy scar on the lower right side of her abdomen. Her left pinky finger was injured when she was a child and is crooked as a result. Madden's nickname is Dotty and she may use the last names Wiseley and/or Wood.

Details of Disappearance

Madden was last seen in Lorain, Ohio on August 8, 1975. She lived in the 1100 block of west 11th Street. Her live-boyfriend, Nathan F. Wisely, stated they had been fighting for about two weeks when he last saw her at midnight on August 8. At 3:00 a.m. on August 9, he discovered she was gone. She didn't take her purse, money or any extra clothing or other belongings. At the time, authorities believed she left of her own accord.

When Wisely reported Madden missing, he said her name was Dorothy Wisely and she was his wife. They weren't legally married, but they presented themselves as if they were. She had a four-year-old son from her prior relationship, whom she left behind.

Madden's family stated Wisely was violent and mentally ill and was confined to an institution sometime after 1975, but it is unclear whether he was involved in her case. Madden was born and raised in Massachusetts; she moved to Ohio with Wisely the same year she went missing. Her loved ones stated she has a passive personality and is a follower rather than a leader. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Lorain Police Department 440-204-2105

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 27, 2016; details of disappearance updated.