Helen Darlene Fuller

Fuller, circa 1983; Scott Sykora, circa 2017

  • Missing Since 11/24/1983
  • Missing From Durham, North Carolina
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Age 19 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'8 - 5'10, 120 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Fuller goes by her middle name, Darlene.

Details of Disappearance

Fuller was last seen in Durham, North Carolina on November 24, 1983. She was living in Florida with Phil "Skip" Parselli, a real estate broker, and his family. Fuller and Parselli traveled to Durham to spend Thanksgiving Day with Fuller's parents. Before Thanksgiving dinner was served, they decided to visit Fuller's grandmother. They never arrived there and have never been heard from again.

A few days later, the pair's rental car was found at a Mexican theme attraction off Interstate 95, just south of the state line in South Carolina. There were no indications of foul play in the car, but a belt buckle with the emblem of the Outlaws motorcycle gang was found inside it.

Fuller left all her clothes and belongings behind at her parents' home. Her family reported her missing, but no report was filed for Parselli. Photographs and information for him are unavailable.

Fuller had married Scott Sykora in 1980, and they divorced in 1982. A photo of Scott is posted with this case summary. Elizabeth Sykora, another of his ex-wives, also disappeared in 1983 and was never found.

In late 2017, Scott was charged with kidnapping and murder in the 2013 disappearance of his brother-in-law, Gerald Pollard. Pollard's body has not been found. Scott is awaiting trial. He has never been charged in connection with his ex-wives' cases, but investigators believe he was involved. Foul play is suspected in both disappearances.

Investigating Agency

  • Durham Police Department 919-560-4600

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 15, 2018; casefile added.