Angela Joann DeLawder

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Above Images: DeLawder, circa 1981

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 7, 1981 from Hallandale, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 2, 1960
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height Weight: 5'7, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    DeLawder was last known to be with her mother, Gertrude Menacher. The two women, Menacher's boyfriend Charles "Charlie" Gibson, and DeLawder's boyfriend Ivan Gutierrez, all disappeared from Hallandale, Florida on the same day, March 7, 1981. Menacher spoke to her other daughter, Robin Patton, on the phone on March 4, and said she was leaving and would send plane tickets and directions. On March 6, Patton got letters from her mother and sister in the same envelope; they had also sent $100. On March 14 later, Gibson's Cadillac was found abandoned at Miami International Airport. (Menacher did not have a vehicle.) He had also cleaned out his apartment on Miami Shores before he vanished.

    Gibson was 45 at the time of his disappearance; Gutierrez was 19. Photos and additional information for the men are unavailable and it's unclear whether they were ever reported missing. All four of them had been heavily involved with drugs for years. Patton had also been part of the drug world, but had gotten out of the lifestyle and encouraged her mother and sister to do the same. There were warrants out for Gibson and Menacher's arrest in 1981; they had assisted a prison escapee, Harvey McElroy, by helping him rent a house. McElroy, who was a drug enforcer, was later found murdered: he'd been shot to death, his body dumped on a trash heap and burned.

    Police believe it's possible the March 1981 disappearances are related in some way to McElroy's murder; the theory is that Menacher and Gibson may have been killed because of what they knew, and DeLawder and Gutierrez were innocent bystanders. Another possibility under consideration is that the missing four went into hiding, possibly in Germany or Colombia, and that Patton may know their whereabouts. She denies this.

    There's been no indication of DeLawder, Mencher, Gibson or Gutierrez's whereabouts since March 1981.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
    561-688-4151

    OR
    561-688-4013

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Miami Herald

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 28, 2013; casefile added.

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