Lorraine Rea Herbster

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Above Images: Lorraine, circa 1979

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 9, 1979 from Westampton Township, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 16, 1962
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Lorraine's nickname is Lori. Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing Description: A blouse; a white coat sweater with a six-inch brown or beige design on the chest, a belt tied in the back, and a hood folded over the back; blue jeans; knee socks; size 8 1/2 brown suede and leather hiking boots with ripple soles; a thin gold chain necklace; and a diamond and brown quartz cat's eye ring. She was carrying a large reddish-brown suede shoulder bag with a zipper across the top.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lorraine left her new job at Microcircuit Corp. at 4:00 p.m. on March 9, 1979. She was a lab technician and had been working there for only a week. A co-worker dropped her off at the corner of Beverly-Rancocas Road and Holly Lane in Westampton Township, New Jersey, less than a mile from her home in the 10 block of Whitlow Drive in Mount Holly, New Jersey, so she could walk the rest of the way. Lorraine's mother had offered to drive her to the bank to cash her paycheck after she arrived home. She was last seen at 5:15 p.m. while en route to her house. She never arrived has never been heard from again.

    Lorraine dropped out of Burlington County Vocational and Technical School in her junior year. She had been engaged to be married, but she broke up with her fiance at Christmas in 1978. She liked her job and she was looking forward to getting her driver's license. Investigators don't believe she left of her own accord, since she left all her belongings behind at home, including her paycheck.

    Investigators interviewed Lorraine's family members, friends and ex-boyfriends, but all of them were cleared from suspicion and the authorities couldn't determine any reason why someone would want to harm her. After her disappearance there were persistent rumors that she was murdered and her body dumped at a local construction site. Police were never able to substantiate the stories, however. They have a person of interest in her disappearance, but this individual has never been charged due to lack of evidence. Lorraine's case remains unsolved. Her family now lives in Alabama.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Westampton Township Police Department
    609-267-8300

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Burlington County Times
    NewsLibrary
    New Jersey State Police
    NamUs
    The Camden Courier-Post

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 12, 2017; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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