Mary Alice Dixon

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Above Images: Dixon, circa 2002

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 23, 2002 from New Ellenton, South Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 6, 1915
  • Age: 86 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Graying black hair, brown eyes. Dixon's hair may have been braided at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue/gray jacket, an orange shirt and gray sweatpants. Carrying a white bag.
  • Medical Conditions: Dixon showed symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease at the time of her 2002 disappearance, though she was never diagnosed with the condition. She also requires medication for other, unspecified health problems.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dixon walked away from home in the 700 block of east Pine Street in New Ellenton, South Carolina on March 23, 2002. She was last seen at 2:00 p.m. that same day, near Popeye's Restaurant on Main Street, which is near U.S. Highway 278 and South Carolina Highway 19. She was traveling westbound towards Barnwell, South Carolina.

    Dixon may have been picked up by a motorist on the highway. Search dogs tracked her scent there, and she was seen by two people. Her family believes she left the house to buy detergent; an empty box was found in her home. Dixon has never been heard from again. Temperatures at the time she disappeared were close to freezing. Authorities searched the area for her for five days, but found nothing.

    Weeks before her disappearance, Dixon's family told her doctor she was getting increasingly forgetful. The doctor referred them to a specialist to determine whether Dixon had Alzheimer's Disease. She disappeared before the appointment, but investigators believe Dixon was in fact in the early stages of the illness. She has never wandered away from home before.

    Dixon was reported to have been found safe in 2006. The information turned out to be incorrect and she is still missing. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Aiken County Sheriff's Office
    800-922-9709

    OR
    New Ellenton Police Department
    803-652-7770

    OR
    803-648-6811

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    The Augusta Chronicle
    The Aiken Standard

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 11, 2009; details of disappearance updated.

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