Margarita MacNeill

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Above Images: MacNeill, circa 1976


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 7, 1976 from Salinas, California
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 2, 1948
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Some agencies spell MacNeil's last name "MacNeill."
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    Details of Disappearance

    MacNeill was last seen dropping her children off at their godparent's home in Salinas, California on February 7, 1976. She was driving a yellow 1974 Toyota Celica with the California license plate number 915GKD at the time. She has never been heard from again and her vehicle was never recovered; a photo of it is posted below this case summary.

    MacNeill was divorced with young children at the time of her disappearance. Her ex-husband was considered a possible suspect in her case, but he was eventually cleared. Pablo Duarte, a migrant farm worker she associated with, is considered a person of interest in her disappearance. Photos of Duarte are unavailable, but he had at least three gold teeth and multiple tattoos. His last known address was in San Luis Rio Colorado, a town just over the Mexican border near Arizona.

    MacNeill's case remains unsolved.

    Toyota Celica
    Above: 1974 Toyota Celica


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 29, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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