Lynne Ann Friend

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Above Images: Lynne, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 28, 1994 from Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lynne was last seen in Hallandale Beach, Florida on August 28, 1994. She was talking on the phone with her fiance when, at 8:15 p.m., she said her ex-husband, Clifford Brett Friend, had stopped by and wanted her to go out to Pembroke Pines with him, about a ten-minute drive, to pick up his child support check. She has never been heard from again.

    At 10:00 p.m., a witness saw a man park Lynne's blue 1989 Mercury Marquis next to a field at at northeast 26th Avenue and 207th Street in northeast Miami-Dade County. The man got into a black SUV, similar to the vehicle Clifford owned, and drove away. When police recovered Lynne's car from that location several days later, the right front tire was cut as if it had been stabbed with a knife.

    At 11:30 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard officials saw Clifford and a friend, Alan M. Gold, throw a large suitcase and a smaller object off Clifford's motorboat into the Atlantic Ocean, about three miles offshore from Miami Beach. There was a violent storm in the area at the time. The Coast Guard patrol boat followed the men's boat with lights off, then surprised them in their spotlights. Clifford attempted to flee and led the Coast Guard boat on a chase before the two men were detained and charged with illegal dumping at sea. Questioned separately, they refused to say what they'd thrown overboard. Law enforcement authorities seized the boat; there was some light-gauge rope and two cement blocks inside it. Authorities launched an extensive search for Lynne's body, but found no evidence.

    Six days before her disappearance, Lynne won custody of her five-year-old son. She was about to take her son and move to Tennessee to be with her fiance, a wealthy businessman. Clifford fought to stop her from moving. Their three-year marriage had ended amicably, but the custody battle was bitter, and Lynne's family was afraid for her safety. Clifford was her second husband. He got custody of their son after Lynne's disappearance, and remarried in 1995.

    In March 2012, Clifford was charged with Lynne's murder. He had been a suspect in her disappearance from the onset of the investigation. A photo of Clifford is posted below this case summary. Gold testified against him and he was convicted of second-degree murder in November 2014, after a two-week trial. Foul play is suspected in Lynne's case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Above: Clifford Friend in 2012

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

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    The Miami Herald
    Local News 10
    NBC Miami
    CBS Miami

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 16, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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