Elizabeth Theresa Bishop

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Above Images: Bishop, circa 1981


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 2, 1981 from Abilene, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 11, 1961
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6 - 5'7, 110 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Auburn/brown hair, blue/hazel eyes. Bishop's nickname is Terri.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans and a white or beige blouse with multicolored stripes. Carrying a large dark brown purse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bishop was last seen talking to some unknown men at or near Diamond Jim's, a nightclub on Butternut Street in Abilene, Texas, on October 2, 1981. She has never been heard from again. Authorities regarded Henry Lee Lucas as a possible suspect in Bishop's case. A photo of Lucas is posted below this case summary. Investigators interviewed him at least ten times, but Lucas consistently denied involvement in Bishop's disappearance.

    Lucas was convicted of the 1979 murder of an unidentified female in Texas and sentenced to death. The state's former governor, George W. Bush, commuted his sentence to life imprisonment prior to Lucas's scheduled 1999 execution. He later died in prison. Lucas claimed to have killed approximately 600 people, but he confessed to many crimes he did not commit and the exact number of his victims is unknown. He is also considered a possible suspect in the disappearances of Eva DeBruhl and Cheryl Scherer.

    Bishop's case remains unsolved.

    Above: Lucas, circa 1979


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Abilene Police Department



    Source Information
    Abilene Police Department
    The Abilene Reporter-News
    The Crime Library
    California Attorney General's Office


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 21, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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