Mary Ann Johnson

Above: Mary, circa 1994


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 19, 1994 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 21, 1939
  • Age: 54 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Johnson's ears are pierced.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Johnson was last seen in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 1994. She worked as an account representative for Robinson's-May Department Stores and was last seen leaving work. She told co-workers she was going to meet her estranged husband, Andrew Johnson, the following day. Andrew later told investigators that although he had spoken to Mary on the day of her disappearance, they were not in fact scheduled to meet the next day. The couple had separated in 1993, but they had not filed for divorce and they were in the process of reconciliation.

    Mary has never been heard from again. On January 26, her black 1988 Chevrolet Corvette was found in the parking lot of Louisiana West, a restaurant in Van Nuys, California which she and her husband owned. The restaurant had recently gone out of business and was locked, but her car keys were found inside it.

    A few days before Christmas in 1993, three men threatened Mary. They told her someone had paid them $800 to break her legs, but they didn't harm her and instead merely warned her that someone wanted to hurt her. They wouldn't identify the person who hired them or their motive for wishing Mary harm. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Missing in California
    The Los Angeles Times


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 19, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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