Hattie E. Jackson

Above: Hattie, circa 1961


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 21, 1961 from Washington, D.C.
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white long-sleeved blouse, brown and white checkered shorts, pink sandals and a blue hair ribbon.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hattie was last seen in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 1961. That afternoon she, her older brother and some friends went to Rock Creek Park to play. They were swimming the creek when a police officer told them the water was polluted and they could not swim there. An unidentified man was sitting nearby and, after the officer left, he offered to drive the children to another place two miles away where the water was clean and they could swim. The children declined his offer and resumed playing. Then Hattie disappeared, and no one noticed her leave. She has never been heard from again.

    Several witnesses reported seeing two young men helping Hattie into a dull blue/gray older model car with dark-colored license plates near Rock Creek Park. Dogs tracked Hattie's scent to that area. The driver of the car matched the description of the man who offered to take Hattie and her friends for a ride. He was Caucasian, in his thirties, with short brown hair, and he wore a white shirt, gray trousers and a black belt. This person has never been identified.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of Hattie. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department


    Source Information
    Whereabouts Still Unknown
    North American Missing Persons Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 21, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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