Christina Lynn Carter

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Left and Center: Christina, circa 1973;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 17, 1973 from Hueytown, Alabama
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 29, 1970
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'2, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. At the time of her disappearance, Carter wore a toddler's size 3 and walked pigeon-toed. Her nickname is Christy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Christina was last seen in Hueytown, Alabama on September 17, 1973. At the time of her disappearance, she lived alone with her mother, Janet Gail Carter. A photo of Janet is posted below this case summary. She was originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was employed with an insurance company in Birmingham, Alabama in September 1973. She disappeared at the same time as her daughter. Janet and Christina's father had divorced two months before, and Christina's father was seeking custody of the child. It was believed that Janet went into hiding with Christina as a result.

    On October 7, Janet's nude, bound body was found inside a duffel bag alongside Clingman's Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She had been killed by suffocation the same day she was found. Her remains were not identified for a month. It was after the identification that authorities realized Christina was missing. An extensive search of the park turned up no indication of Christina's whereabouts.

    Because of the circumstances, authorities suggested Janet gave Christina to someone else to care for prior to her murder and Christina might still be alive. This theory has never been confirmed, however. Janet's murder has never been solved and there has been no sign of Christina since 1973.

    Janet Carter
    Above: Janet Carter


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Kingsport News
    The Anniston Star


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 26, 2014; age-progression updated.

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