Sharon Zelinski McCully

McCully, circa 1984

  • Missing Since 12/11/1984
  • Missing From Austin, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 07/01/1959 (60)
  • Age 25 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'6, 130 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A purple shirt with sleeves that reached the elbows, dark blue slacks or jeans with a small check pattern and white stripes, and red high-top sneakers with a white logo (possibly Adidas) on the side.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. McCully has a tattoo of a yellow and red butterfly on her abdomen. She wears contact lenses. Her nickname is Sarah.

Details of Disappearance

McCully was last seen at 1:40 p.m. on December 11, 1984 in Austin, Texas. She was driving east on Howard Lane towards Interstate 35 at the time of her disappearance. She was doing Christmas shopping that day and was last seen after she left a lunch date with her husband of two and a half years. She dropped him off at his job and drove away.

Several witnesses thought they saw McCully's vehicle, an off-white 1965 Volkswagen Beetle with a faded orange hood and a missing front bumper, on Bee Cave Road the afternoon she disappeared. These sightings have not been confirmed.

The Volkswagen was discovered unlocked and abandoned at an apartment complex in the 8600 block of Research Boulevard, five a half miles from McCully's last known location, two days after she went missing. McCully's loved ones don't think she knew anyone at the complex and can't think of a reason why she would have gone there, and it's unlikely she would have had car trouble because her husband, a mechanic, had just turned the engine.

McCully's purse, which had contained about $170 in cash, was missing from the vehicle when it was located. There were no indications of foul play. Fingerprints were found, but there was no evidence to implicate anyone in her disappearance. A witness stated McCully was seen getting out of her car with a man, but this has not been confirmed.

McCully lived in an apartment in the 4300 block of Avenue G at the time of her disappearance. A former licensed vocational nurse, she was employed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and dreamed of getting a degree in biology and going to medical school. Her husband passed a polygraph about her disappearance. Authorities believe she was taken against her will.

Investigating Agency

  • Austin Police Department 512-974-5281

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 22, 2019; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.