Shelley Diane Luty

Above: Luty, circa 1982


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 23, 1982 from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 21, 1963
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 126 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Reddish-brown hair, blue eyes. Luty has previously fractured her skull. She has a scar at the bottom of her nose and a scar on her arm shaped like a triangle or a Christmas tree. Her front right tooth is chipped and was capped. Some agencies spell her name "Shelly."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A waitress uniform.
  • Medical Conditions: Luty has a history of epilepsy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Luty was last seen at 11:00 p.m. on August 23, 1982, as she ended her waitressing shift at the Llanarch Diner on Township Line Road in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. She got into the mint green Chevrolet Impala, which she had borrowed from her stepfather, and drove off, but never arrived home. Luty has never been heard from again and the car was never recovered.

    Luty's mother, who was working in the diner when Luty disappeared, saw a male customer who left the establishment very shortly before Luty did. Witnesses believe they saw the same man speaking to Luty outside the diner. A composite sketch of the man is posted below this case summary. He is described as Caucasian, 25 to 29 years old, 5'10 to 6'0 tall with an athletic build. It has not been established that he was involved in Luty's disappearance, but he is at least a possible witness.

    Luty left behind a toddler daughter. Her family says she would have never willingly abandoned her child. Her case remains unsolved.

    Above: Composite of unidentified man


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Shelley Diane Luty missing from Pennsylvania since 1982


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 2, 2008; middle name, clothing/jewelry description and medical conditions added, details of disappearance updated.

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