Diana Jane Braungardt

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Above Images: Braungardt, circa 1987

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 11, 1987 from Crystal City, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 31, 1969
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6 - 5'7, 108 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Dark blonde hair, hazel eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A Venture smock, bright turquoise pants and a short black boys' coat.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Braungardt was last seen on March 11, 1987 in Crystal City, Missouri, leaving the now-defunct Venture store in the Twin City Mall. where she was employed part-time as a clerk. She finished her shift at 10:00 p.m. and was walking to the parking lot, where her family's yellow 1982 Ford Escort was parked. Braungardt, a senior at Festus High School, had told coworkers she needed to get home and study for a test. She never arrived home that evening and has not been seen again. The vehicle was located later in the parking lot, but there was no trace of Braungardt. Authorities don't believe she ever made it to her car.

    Witnesses saw a man talking to Braungardt in the store parking lot before she disappeared. He's described as Caucasian, in his early twenties, about 5'10 tall with brown or black hair and a medium build. A sketch of the man is posted below this case summary; he has never been identified.

    Braungardt did not have a boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. Her father was a pastor at the First United Methodist Church in 1987, and the family lived in the 800 block of west Main Street. There have been no leads in her disappearance and her case remains unsolved.

    Braungardt
    Above: Sketch of suspect

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Crystal City Police Department
    314-937-4601

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    Source Information
    Vanished Children's Alliance
    APB News
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The Doe Network
    NamUs
    The Springfield News-Leader

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 10, 2017; picture added, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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