Sarah May Estes

Sarah at age 18 (approximately six years before her disappearance; more recent photographs are unavailable); Mitchell Estes

  • Missing Since 01/01/1987
  • Missing From Winchester, Kentucky
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 04/14/1962 (55)
  • Age 24 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'5, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Sarah stutters when she talks. She has a triangular scar on her right arm from a clothes iron burn.

Details of Disappearance

Sarah disappeared from Winchester, Kentucky sometime during January 1987. Her husband, Mitchell Scott Estes, was wanted for murder, and Sarah went with him when he fled to avoid arrest.

In late 1987 or early 1988, Sarah and Mitchell were seen by relatives in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. They boarded a Greyhound bus for an unknown destination. Sarah has never been heard from again and her husband remains at large.

Photos of Mitchell are posted with this case summary. He's described as Caucasian, 5' 8 - 5'9 and 160 - 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is September 6, 1953, making him 33 years old in January 1987.

There were rumors that Mitchell murdered Sarah in Florida and dismembered and burned her body, but none of the stories could be verified and her remains have never been found. Her disappearance remains unsolved. Her family describes her as a quiet, naive woman. She left behind a young daughter.

Investigating Agency

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Louisville, Kentucky Office
  • 502-240-5944

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 5, 2018; details of disappearance updated.