Frances Hatadis

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Above: Hatadis, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 23 - 24, 1997 from South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 2, 1929
  • Age: 68 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Gray hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hatadis was last seen in South Lake Tahoe, California sometime on July 23 or 24, 1997. She has never been heard from again. At the time of her disappearance, Hatadis was staying at the Shamrock Inn near Stateline, California. Her son got concerned when he didn't hear from her, and went to the hotel to check on her. He found her room in disarray, and a computer and other items were missing. Hatadis's vehicle, a blue 1988 Dodge Dynasty with the California license plate number 2KZC391, was gone, but there were no indications that she'd packed her belongings. Her son reported her missing on August 4. When he checked her room more thoroughly six days later, he found a moderate-sized bloodstain on the underside of her mattress.

    Later that month, Edward T. Hawkins was stopped in Morgan County, Colorado, driving Hatadis's car and in possession of several stolen credit cards. He was a convicted bank robber who was released from prison a month before Hatadis disappeared, and at the time he was stopped in Colorado he was warranted for armed robbery in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Colorado state trooper who stopped him arrested him for parole violation after running the car registration. When questioned about Hatadis's disappearance, Hawkins said he'd never met her and had bought the car from an unknown person.

    Foul play is suspected in Hatadis's case; it is being investigated as a homicide.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    South Lake Tahoe Police Department
    530-542-6110

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Tahoe Daily Tribune

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 30, 2016; date of disappearance corrected, details of disappearance updated.

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