Patricia Elayne Action

Action, circa 1978

  • Missing Since 05/26/1978
  • Missing From Clearwater, Florida
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 01/04/1953 (65)
  • Age 25 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4, 96 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A beige jumpsuit with pink, green and yellow stripes. Carrying a brown shoulder bag.
  • Medical Conditions Action is required to take medication for unspecified reasons.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Action has a scar on her abdomen. Her nicknames are Patsy and Patty, and she may use the last name Woodyard. Her blood is type O.

Details of Disappearance

Action was last seen leaving the Ramada Inn Lounge on U. S. 19 north and State Route 60 in Clearwater at 11:30 p.m. on May 26, 1978. She has never been heard from again.

Action had moved in with her parents six weeks before her disappearance, after she filed for divorce and was forced to drop out of Stetson University due to an illness. She had recently taken a job at the Kapok Tree Inn. She had just gotten her paycheck and had gone out that night to celebrate with friends. Her parents stated they did not attempt to control her life, but she was always good about keeping them informed where she was and what she was doing. Her parents reported her missing the day after she was last seen.

Four days after Action's disappearance, her car, a white two-door 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle or Chevrolet Malibu, turned up abandoned on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She had been raised in that city and graduated from Tarpon Springs High School. A substantial amount of type O blood was spattered inside the vehicle and on the front seat. There was enough blood to indicate whoever's it was had sustained a severe injury. Authorities couldn't determine whether it was Action's blood, although it was her type. Her shoes were also inside the car, but there was no indication of her whereabouts at the scene.

Action is considered to be missing under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Clearwater Police Department 727-562-4080

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 12, 2013; picture added.