Joanne Elaine Coughlin

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Above Images: Coughlin, circa 1974

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 27, 1974 from Youngstown, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 24, 1953
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5 - 5'8, 120 - 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown/green eyes. Coughlin may wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green leather jacket, a black shirt, a blue tie, blue jeans and tan shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Coughlin was last seen in Youngstown, Ohio on December 27, 1974, when she supposedly went to the European Health Spa on Boardman-Canfield Road. She had plans to meet her boyfriend at his home on Indianola Avenue later that night, but never arrived and has never been heard from again. The same day she disappearance, Coughlin wrote a check for her latest life insurance premium. She didn't take any money from her bank accounts, and nothing was missing from her home on Ohio Avenue. Her 1968 Ford with the license plate number H4482G vanished with her, however. Coughlin's niece doesn't believe she was ever at the spa that day. She claims the signature on the sign-in sheet doesn't match Coughlin's and nobody actually saw her at the facility.

    Coughlin lived in 1400 block of Ohio Avenue at the time of her disappearance and was an aspiring actress; she was majoring in theater at Youngstown State University and performed at the Youngstown Playhouse. She was declared legally dead in 1985. Authorities theorize she was robbed and murdered and her car, with the body inside, was disposed of in a quarry in Pennsylvania. Few details are available in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Youngstown Police Department
    330-742-6921

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    Source Information
    The Vindicator
    Unsolved in the News
    Ohio Attorney General's Office
    NamUs

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 17, 2015; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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