Diane Genice Dye

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Left: Diane, circa 1979;
Right: Age-progression to age 46 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 30, 1979 from San Jose, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 20, 1965
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Diane has a two-inch scar on her chin and her ears are pierced. She has previously fractured her left forearm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue shirt and light blue corduory pants.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Diane was last seen in her hometown of San Jose, California on July 30, 1979. At the time she, she was believed to have left of her own accord because of her distress about her parents' marital problems. One of Diane's friends reportedly saw her in December 1981, two and a half years after her disappearance, at a shopping mall 50 miles from San Jose. Diane told her friend she did not want to go home and did not want anyone to know where she was. She has never been heard from again.

    For a time, officials believed Diane may be the homicide victim known as "Princess Doe." The unidentified female's remains were located in New Jersey in 1982. She was approximately 16 years old, which was around the same age as Diane. Comparisons between the unidentified teenager's teeth and Diane's dental records were inconclusive. Years later, Diane was conclusively ruled out as a match for Princess Doe. The young woman remains unidentified.

    Princess Doe
    Above: Reconstructed image of Princess Doe


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Vidocq Society
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 9, 2012; age-progression added.

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