Mary Elizabeth Dietz

Above: Dietz, circa 1997


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 14, 1997 from Selbyville, Delaware
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 20, 1919
  • Age: 78 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'9 - 4'10, 90 - 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Gray hair, blue eyes.
  • Medical Conditions: Dietz suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dietz was last seen at her residence on Lantern Lane in Selbyville, Delaware at 3:30 a.m. on October 14, 1997. She was waiting for the morning newspaper at the time. She has never been heard from again. Her son reported her missing.

    Foul play is not suspected in Dietz's disappearance. She was often seen in a disoriented state, sometimes digging through a dumpster behind her home. Around the time of her disappearance, a trash collector saw the empty dumpster with a door open at the side. Operating on the theory that Dietz was accidentally taken to a landfill after getting stuck in the dumpster, authorities searched the landfill. No trace of her was located and her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Delaware State Police


    Source Information
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 6, 2010; date of birth, height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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