Lauren Maria Pico Jackson

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Left and Center: Lauren, circa 1988;
Right: Age-progression to age 29 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 4, 1988 from Spring City, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 26, 1983
  • Age: 5 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'6, 34 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Lauren has two small surgical scars on her lower abdomen from a double hernia operation, and surgical scars on the roof of her from an operation to repair a cleft palate.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white long-sleeved pullover shirt with a California Raisin printed on both front and back, black knit pants with an iron stain on the back, white socks, and white Reebok sneakers with pink laces.
  • Medical Condition: Lauren was born with multiple birth defects, including clubfoot and hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. The hydrocephalus affected her brain functioning. She needed multiple surgeries on her eyes at the time of her 1988 disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lauren was last seen digging in the dirt with other children near her mother's apartment complex in Spring City, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1988. When her mother, Christina O'Donnell, went to check on her later, she was gone. One of Lauren's playmates said he saw her walking towards her home; she was about 100 feet away from her front door at the time. She has never been heard from again.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no clues as to Lauren's whereabouts. O'Donnell and the child's father, Michael "Mickey" Jackson, shared custody of her at the time of her disappearance and he lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He had planned to seek full custody of Lauren because he was concerned about the living conditions in her mother's home. Michael described O'Donnell's neighborhood as a haven for drug activity. O'Donnell herself was arrested on drug charges prior to Lauren's disappearance, and she later admitted she had a substance abuse problem.

    Tracker dogs traced Lauren's scent away from her mother's apartment, along Park Road to Route 724 and along there to the Vincent Motel, nearly a mile from the apartment complex, before the dogs lost the trail. Due to the lack of evidence in Lauren's case, investigators believe she was most likely abducted. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    East Vincent Police Department
    610-431-6363

    OR
    610-933-0115

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education of America
    The Doe Network
    The Phoenix

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 3, 2013; age-progression updated.

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