Deborah Jean McKneely

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Above Images: Deborah, circa 1991


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 29, 1991 from Rockdale County, Georgia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 14, 1951
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 155 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Deborah's nickname is Debbie and her maiden name is Quarles. Her ears are pierced.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Deborah was last seen at the residence she shared with her two children on in the 3700 block of Union Church Road in Rockdale County, Georgia on January 29, 1991. She was apparently abducted from her home between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Deborah's eleven- and thirteen-year-old sons were at school during that time and she disappeared by the time the children returned in the late afternoon. They called 911 when they saw the condition of the house. The back door of Deborah's residence had been kicked open, a window pane in the garage was broken, and the phone lines were cut. Blood was discovered inside the home and in the carport area. There was no indication of robbery inside the house.

    Deborah's tan and black 1985 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer was discovered on January 30, 1991, the day after her disappearance. The vehicle had been parked at a housing project on Jackson Way in Decatur, Dekalb County, Georgia. The keys were inside the car and $100 in cash was scattered in plain sight on the front seat. Investigators believe this tactic was utilizied to trick potential car thieves into stealing the vehicle. Blood was found inside it. Authorities believe that two people were involved in Deborah's presumed abduction. An unidentified white pickup truck had been spotted in the area of her home prior to her disappearance, but it is not known if the truck is connected to her case.

    Deborah and her husband, Donald McKneely, were going through a bitter divorce. They had been separated since November 1989. On November 14, 1989, Deborah filed a police report stating Donald had beaten her with a board. She told her brother and a neighbor that if she tried to divorce Donald, she believed he would kill her. Deborah and Donald's divorce was scheduled to be finalized at 5:00 p.m. on the day of Deborah's abduction, but it hasn't been proven that the divorce had any bearing on her disappearance. Donald has always maintained that he had nothing to do with it.

    In 2001, Deborah was declared legally dead. Her case remains open and unsolved, and is classified as a homicide.


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

    Georgia Bureau of Investigation


    Source Information
    Georgia Bureau Of Investigation
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    11 Alive
    The Doe Network
    WSB TV 2


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 25, 2013; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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