Michelle Jolene Lakey

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Michelle, circa 1986;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 38 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 26, 1986 from Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: October 21, 1974
  • Age: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'9 - 5'0, 80 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown to blonde hair, brown eyes. Michelle had long fingernails at the time of her 1986 disappearance. Her nicknames are Boozer and Boo. She goes by her middle name, Jolene; some agencies refer to her as Jolene Michelle Lakey or spell her name "Michele." Jolene had a small, slight build at the time of her disappearance and looked much younger than her age. She wore children's size 14 clothes and size 8 shoes in 1986. Her female family members are all short, and Jolene may be also.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white shirt with purple trim and a tie front, dark blue sweatpants, and brown sandals with straps.
  • Medical Conditions: Jolene has a long history of illnesses, particularly pneumonia, and may still be susceptible.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jolene visited her mother at Mercy Hospital (now closed) in their hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1986. She was last seen walking on north Washington Avenue towards her home, which was in the 1300 block of that street. She was planning on spending the night at a female friend's house on Myrtle Street. Jolene may have entered an unidentified light yellow car approximately one block from her family's residence. She has never been seen again. Authorities believe she was abducted by a non-family member.

    Frank Osellanie is considered a possible suspect in Jolene's case. He was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a nine-year-old Scranton girl in 1990 and has been in prison ever since. He is considered a person of interest in several other cases, including the 1978 disappearance of Joanne Williams. Osellanie admitted to knowing Jolene and said she sometimes visited his auto shop and he gave her rides home. He maintains his innocence in her disappearance, however, and investigators are not sure whether he was involved.

    Jolene's parents are divorced; she had not seen her father for three years prior to her disappearance and he was not notified of her abduction for seven months afterwards. Her mother moved away from Scranton shortly after her disappearance and now lives in Oxford, New York. Jolene's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    Troop R
    570-963-3156

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Yahoo! Groups: Investigatemystery
    California Attorney General's Office
    Pennsylvania State Police
    A. Justine Lakey
    The Scranton Times-Tribune

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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