Rita Michele Maxwell

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Above: Maxwell, circa 1992

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 1, 1992 from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 7, 1966
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, green eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A multicolored blouse, black pants and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Maxwell was last seen in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina on March 1, 1992. She left her home in the 2600 block of Dundeen Street off Beatties Ford Road, saying she was going to see someone. She never returned and has never been heard from again. She was reported missing on March 17.

    Maxwell was involved with crack cocaine in 1992, often visited drug houses, and had a criminal record for drug- and prostitution-related charges. She knew Devonne Dubose, who also disappeared in 1992 and has never been found.

    Authorities believe Dubose and Maxwell may have been victims of the serial killer Henry Louis Wallace. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. In 1994, he confessed to murdering eleven women in the Charlotte area. All of them were African-American and many of them were acquainted with him. Wallace did not confess to Dubose or Maxwell's murders and was not charged in connection with their disappearances, but the women both fit the profile of his victims.

    Maxwell's case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

    Wallace
    Above: Henry Louis Wallace

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
    704-336-2311

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    Source Information
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
    The Charlotte Observer
    The Crime Library
    The State
    The Doe Network

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 2, 2008; middle name added.

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