Kelly Bergh Dove

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Above Images: Dove, circa 1982


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 18, 1982 from Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 30, 1961
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Dove has a partial plate in place of her two front teeth. She wears contact lenses or eyeglasses. She has a scar on the back of her head, a scar on her forehead at the hairline and a scar on the back of her head.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light-colored pinstriped v-neck sweater, tan or cream-colored slacks, sandals and a Turner Ashby High School class ring.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dove was last seen working at the Imperial gas station on south Main Street in Harrisonburg, Virginia on June 18, 1982. The station was located on an isolated section of road a mile south of the James Madison University. Dove's three sisters also worked there; she had traded shifts with one of them that night.

    Shortly after midnight, Dove called the Harrisonburg Police Department to report a male customer was harassing her. She explained she was working alone and asked the police to "keep an eye" on her. A short time later, she called the police again and said the man had come into the station and was "dressed improperly." At 2:30 a.m. she called authorities a third time, sounding frightened. She said she had received an anonymous, obscene phone call and the man was back and driving a silver vehicle, possibly a Ford. She asked the police to send someone to help her.

    Authorities stated they arrived at the gas station only two minutes after Dove terminated the conversation, but she wasn't there. Her purse and a magazine she'd been reading were left undisturbed on the counter, and a cigarette had burned out in an ashtray. There were no indications that the store had been robbed, no signs of a struggle and no clues as to Dove's whereabouts. She has never been heard from again.

    Dove's parents believe a man she went to high school with was responsible for her disappearance. This individual, who has not been named publicly, had a record for indecent exposure and obscene telephone calls. He has never been charged in connection with her case.

    Dove was declared legally dead in 1989. She was married at the time of her disappearance and had a young daughter. The gas station has since been torn down. Dove's case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The Hook
    The Daily News Record
    WHSV 3
    The Doe Network
    Virginia State Police


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 27, 2016; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry description updated.

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