Evelyn Laverne Mackey

Above: Evelyn, circa 1981


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 5, 1981 from Hernando County, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 15, 1940
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, gray eyes. Evelyn goes by her middle name, Laverne.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Evelyn's teenage daughter last saw her on the morning of November 5, 1981. Evelyn made breakfast for her daughter, and Evelyn's new husband, Merl McFarland Mackey Jr., took her to school. That afternoon, Merl went to pick up Evelyn's daughter alone. He told her and her brother that Evelyn had gone to care for a sick relative out of state, but she did not arrive there and the relative wasn't expecting a visit from her. She has never been heard from again. Her family reported her missing in January 1982.

    A photo of Merl is posted below this case summary. He has been in and out of prison since 1976, mostly for theft- and fraud-related offenses, and was last released from custody in 2003. In September 2015, he was arrested in New Mexico and charged with Evelyn's murder. He is awaiting trial. If convicted, Merl could face the death penalty. Foul play is suspected in Evelyn's case due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Merl Mackey in 2015


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hernando County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Hernando County Sheriff's Office
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Florida Department of Corrections
    The Ruidoso News
    The Tampa Tribune


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 2, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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