Avis Beatrice Harris Mooney

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Left and Center: Mooney, circa 1961;
Right: Age-progression to an unknown age

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: 1961 from Mabank, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 26, 1927
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark brown hair, dark brown eyes. Mooney has a fair, freckled complexion. She may have hysterectomy and/or appendectomy scars on her abdomen. She has a dark brown, quarter-sized birthmark on her hip. Some agencies refer to Mooney as Avis Beatrice Mooney.
  • Medical Conditions: Mooney may have been suffering from an undiagnosed mental condition, possibly bipolar disorder, at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mooney was last seen in Mabank, Texas sometime during the autumn months of 1961. Her husband told their two children that he had come home and found a note from her, saying she was leaving him. They had been having many marital problems and fought frequently, sometimes physically, and Mooney had left her husband before, so her family did not question her husband's story at first.

    Mooney's family has not heard from her since around the time she disappeared, when her mother got a letter from her. Her mother is not sure Mooney actually wrote the letter, however; she thinks the handwriting resembles her son-in-law's more than her daughter's.

    There was a possible sighting of Mooney in Hughes Springs, Texas in the early 1970s, but this has not been confirmed. Her case remains unsolved. Foul play is possible in her disappearance.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Henderson County Sheriff's Department
    903-675-5128

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Texas Department of Public Safety

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 11, 2005.

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