Lurline H. DeWitt

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Above Images: DeWitt, circa 1996

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 27, 1996 from Mansfield, Louisiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 19, 1919
  • Age: 77 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Gray hair, brown eyes. DeWitt wears eyeglasses. She wears upper and lower dentures, with two gold teeth in the upper plate.
  • Medical Conditions: DeWitt has high blood pressure and was hospitalized overnight for the condition shortly before her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    DeWitt lived with her son on Oxford Road in Mansfield, Louisiana in 1996. Her son last saw her at approximately 9:00 p.m. on September 27, 1996. He discovered that the carport door was open at their residence at 1:00 the following morning and his mother had disappeared. DeWitt has never been heard from again. None of her personal belongings or identification was taken with her.

    Authorities initially believed that DeWitt walked away from her residence during a heavy thunderstorm on the evening of September 27. Investigators questioned a man who lived near DeWitt as a potential suspect, but he was not involved in her disappearance. Authorities now believe that she may have opened the door to her home during the night she vanished and allowed unidentified assailant(s) access to her residence. Investigators theorize that DeWitt was possibly abducted by person(s) who prey on the elderly and believed she would be carrying a large amount of cash. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Mansfield Police Department
    318-872-0520

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    Source Information
    The Shreveport Times
    The Advocate
    The Doe Network
    DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
    LA Repository for Unidentified & Missing People

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 21, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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