Details of Disappearance Linda was last seen in Crestview, Florida on September 25, 1984. Her parents dropped her off at her home on Kingston Road at 8:30 p.m. About half an hour later, neighbors heard screams coming from her home, then a car speeding away. Carroll was reported missing the next day later, when she didn't show up for work at Showell Farms Inc. She has never been heard from again.
Linda never picked up her last paycheck. Her purse and shoes were missing from her home. Her bed had been stripped and the sheets were missing, and there were clumps of hair scattered. A note addressed to Linda's brother was on the counter; it said she'd gone to Baker, Florida to do laundry and that he should wait for her. He was supposed to visit her the day of her disappearance, but didn't make it.
Linda was going through a divorce and custody battle at the time of her disappearance. Dennis Wayne Carroll, her husband of five years, had left her in August and taken their two young children, which upset her, as she was a devoted mother.
Dennis admitted he stopped her home on the night of September 25. He said she wasn't home, so he left and went to his mother's house in Meridian, Mississippi. Dennis is a suspect in Linda's disappearance, but he was never charged in her case and he died of cancer in 2014.
Linda was living alone at her Kingston Road home, which didn't have electricity. She lived frugally because she was saving money for a divorce attorney. She was working at her first job and had gotten a driver's license, although she didn't yet own a car. Her family describes her as an introvert with few friends. Her disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
- Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 11, 2019; four pictures added, details of disappearance updated.