Jovanna Stacey Crawford

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Left: Jovanna, circa 1981;
Right: Age-progression to age 37 (circa 2016)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 5, 1981 from Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 29, 1979
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'5, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Some agencies may spell Jovanna's first name "Jovonna" or her middle name "Stacy." Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue and white jumpsuit.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jovanna's mother's then-boyfriend, Ronald Garrett, was watching Jovanna in her family's residence in the P. T. Barnum Housing Project in the 80 block of Taylor Drive in Bridgeport, Connecticut on June 5, 1981. Jovanna's mother told him to bring Jovanna to her maternal great-grandmother, Mary Moales, who also lived in the housing project.

    Garrett later stated that an unidentified boy arrived at the home at 10:20 a.m. and told Garrett that Moales had sent him to retrieve the child. Garrett described the boy as about 10 or 11 years old, African-American, with small braids in his hair. He stated he thought he recognized the boy as a neighborhood child and permitted him to take Jovanna. She has never been seen again.

    Garrett was arrested for felony risk of injury to a minor on June 9, four days after Jovanna's disappearance, for giving her to the boy. He was convicted and sentenced to one year in prison. Jovanna's grandparents and great-grandparents occasionally baby-sat her, but Moales never sent any person to pick her up that day in 1981. There is no evidence that the boy Garrett described even existed. Garrett has never changed his story and maintains he had nothing to do with the young girl's disappearance.

    Foul play is suspected in Jovanna's disappearance. She lived with her mother and brother in 1981. Her case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    APB News
    The Boston Globe
    Newspaper Archive
    NBC 30
    The Bridgeport News


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 24, 2017; age-progression updated.

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