Lacey Marie Buenfil

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Above Images: Buenfil, circa 2011


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 27, 2011 from Altoona, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 26, 1986
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'1, 90 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Buenfil's tongue and ears are pierced. She has scars on her abdomen and her right thigh, a needle mark on her right thigh and a dimple on her left cheek.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink t-shirt, blue jeans and possibly sandals. Carrying her cellular phone, wallet and keys.
  • Medical Conditions: Buenfil has a drug problem.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Buenfil and an acquaintance, Terry Kenneth McDowell, were driving in the Big Scrub area of the Ocala National Forest on December 27, 2011. At 3:00 p.m., the vehicle became stuck in the sand on Railroad Grade Road just south of Forest Road 14. Buenfil walked south to get help, and has never been heard from again.

    Bloodhounds tracked Buenfil's scent to U.S. 19, then lost the trail. She's described as a "drifter" who would stay at various different locations for weeks at a time. Authorities believe she may have caught a ride from someone. She left behind three daughters, who are in the custody of their father. She kept in regular contact with her children and it's uncharacteristic of her to abandon them. Investigators believe Buenfil's disappearance is suspicious and McDowell, who like Buenfil had a drug history, is a person of interest in her case. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. McDowell died in a fire in April 2013, without disclosing anything more about Buenfil's disappearance.

    Foul play is suspected in Buenfil's case, which remains unsolved.

    Above: Terry McDowell


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


    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    WESH Orlando
    The Orlando Sentinel
    The Daily Commercial
    WFTV 9
    WESH Orlando
    Facebook Page for Lacey Buenfil
    The Ocala Star-Banner


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 1, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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