Deanna Marie Joy

Above: Joy, circa 1994


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 1, 1994 from Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 12, 1973
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Joy has scars on her abdomen, upper right arm and left knee; one of those scars is cross-shaped.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Joy was last seen in Maplewood, Minnesota on July 1, 1994. She told a friend she was going to meet with a new acquaintance who would show her a car she was considering buying. She has never been heard from again.

    Joy was born and raised on the East Coast of the U.S. She lived with her aunt and other relatives in New Jersey after her mother died when she was thirteen. At the time of her disappearance, her toddler-aged son lived with his father. She worked as a convenience store clerk up until about two weeks before she vanished. Authorities stated they believed she'd left of her own accord, possibly to go back to the East Coast, but her aunt doubted this theory. Joy's aunt stated her niece left money behind in a trust fund and never touched it. She also left all her belongings, including her two pet cats, behind at her apartment; only her keys were missing.

    The circumstances of Joy's disappearance are unclear; her case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    LA Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 2, 2012; weight added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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