Lillie Darlene Miller

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Above Images: Miller, circa 1981

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 11, 1981 from Riviera Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 17, 1960
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Miller wears prescription eyeglasses. She has a dark-colored spot on the back of her left leg. At the time of her disappearance, her hair was cut in a short Afro.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue dress jacket, a light blue button-down blouse, dark blue or dark pink slacks, black high heels, a Love Story brand yellow gold diamond solitaire engagement ring, a Twin Lakes High School 1977 class ring with her initials "L.D.M." engraved on the inside of the band, a digital Pulsar watch and a yellow gold women's bracelet. Carrying a brown canvas bag with about $60 in cash.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Miller left her secretarial job at the Riviera Beach City Hall in Riviera Beach, Florida on December 11, 1981 to have lunch with her fiance, Otis Morgan. Morgan stated that they ate at his apartment in the 4300 block of Greenwood Avenue in West Palm Beach, Florida. She never returned to work and has never been heard from again. Morgan said he found Miller's beige or yellow 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix with the Florida license plate number SJU-375 unlocked and parked facing north in a field on Avenue J less than a block from the municipal complex, just south of 29th Street, later that same day. Miller had purchased the vehicle only the day before.

    Morgan dropped out of sight in late January 1982, but later resurfaced, saying he'd left town to get away from the publicity caused by Miller's disappearance. After his return he moved to a new apartment in the 1000 block of Eighth Street in West Palm Beach. He committed suicide at home on June 12, 1982, shooting himself in the chest; the date was supposed to have been his and Miller's wedding day. He was considered a suspect in her disappearance before his death. Morgan had a history of violence towards women and, at the time of his death, he was the prime and only suspect in the 1979 death of a 23-year-old woman in Houston, Texas. He'd been arrested and charged with her murder, but was released for lack of evidence. Caustic acid stains and bloodstains were found in his apartment after Miller vanished, but there was not enough blood to test.

    Miller lived with her mother in the 1300 block of west 33rd Street in Rivera Beach at the time of her disappearance. Prior to her disappearance she had worked for two years at Palm Beach Junior College; she quit her job because she didn't like the long commute, and took the one at City Hall only three weeks before she avnished. She's described as a religious individual who attended the Peaceful Zion Baptist Church and taught Sunday School there. She had met Morgan through the church. Foul play is suspected in her case. Her family held a memorial service for her a year after her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Riviera Beach Police Department
    561-845-4123

    OR
    Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers
    800-458-8477

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    Source Information
    Riviera Beach Police Department
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Miami Herald
    NamUs
    The Palm Beach Post

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 8, 2016; picture added, distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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