Sarah W. Boyd

Above: Sarah, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 3, 1987 from Orangeburg County, South Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: 5'4 - 5'6, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Sarah may wear eyeglasses. She may use the first name Genette.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A beige flower-print dress.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sarah was last seen with her daughter, Kimberly, and her friend, Linda McCord. The three of them attended a gospel concert in Waltersboro, South Carolina on the evening of April 3, 1987. They were driving through Dorchester County, South Carolina en route to their residences in Orangeburg County when they disappeared. A witness saw their vehicle driving between 30 and 45 miles per hour around Route 15. Another car was behind it, but the witness was unable to describe the second vehicle or its occupant(s). Sarah's husband, Phillip J. Boyd, returned home from work at midnight. He was initially unconcerned about his wife and daughter's absence because he thought they were with other relatives or with McCord. When Sarah and Kimberly hadn't returned by 6:00 a.m. the next day, Phillip notified the police.

    The vehicle in which the Boyds and McCord were traveling was located disabled and abandoned in Dorchester County near the intersection of Highway 15 and 176 on April 5. McCord's husband found it. There was no sign of the three females at the scene and they have never been heard from again.

    Sarah's credit card was used in a local mall in 1990, three years after her disappearance. Police stated the signature was barely legible and didn't match Sarah's writing. The identity of the credit card user has never been established. Foul play is suspected in McCord and the Boyds' disappearances.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dorchester County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    ABC News 4 Charleston
    The Del Rio News-Herald
    The News and Courier


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 23, 2017; height, weight and clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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