Tonia Gay Aldrich

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Above Images: Aldrich, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 29, 1997 from Elyria, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 6, 1959
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 103 - 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Aldrich has a tattoo of a panda bear on her right shoulder and she may have a small tattoo of a star on her left shoulder. Her ears and navel are pierced. Her maiden name is Woodburn. She wears eyeglasses for reading. Aldrich has had the toenails removed from the big toes on both feet, and she has previously broken her finger.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Possibly a t-shirt, blue or black pants, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Aldrich may have depressed at the time of his disappearance. She is supposed to take daily medication to prevent seizures, and doesn't have it with her.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Aldrich was last seen on March 29, 1997 in Elyria, Ohio. She was at Chris's Place, a bar on Clark Street, at the time of her disappearance. Aldrich left the bar at 2:00 a.m., near closing time, and walked east on Clark Street towards Concord Avenue. She has never been heard from again.

    The same night Aldrich disappeared, her purse was found on her mother's doorstep with her medicine inside it. Her mother took them inside, not realizing there was a problem. Aldrich's brother reported her missing several days later when he dropped by their mother's house and found out she'd never returned to pick up her belongings. Prior to her disappearance, Aldrich kept in regular touch with her brother's wife, speaking to her three to five times a week. She would always tell her family members whenever she went anywhere. After late March 1997, she never contacted her loved ones again.

    Foul play is suspected in Aldrich's disappearance. She hasn't used her credit cards, Social Security number or driver's license since her disappearance. Her brother stated she liked to sing and enjoyed going to karaoke nights at bars at the time of her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Elyria Police Department
    440-326-1205

    OR
    440-323-3302

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    Source Information
    Elyria Police Department
    NewspaperArchive
    NamUs
    The Chronicle-Telegram

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 1, 2012; picture added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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