Ella M. Murray

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Above Images: Murray, circa 1997


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 22, 1997 from Bartow, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 16, 1912
  • Age: 84 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6 - 5'8, 120 - 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Gray hair, brown eyes. Murray may wear eyeglasses. She has skin graft scars on one of her legs, on one thigh and on one of her hands. Her nickname is Ellamay.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red and white shirt and lavender-colored velvet pants.
  • Medical Conditions: Murray was taking mild doses of high blood pressure medication at the time of her August 1997 disappearance. She did not bring the medication with her when she left her residence. Murray had a history of memory problems in 1997 and may be disoriented as a result of her condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Murray departed from her residence in the 3300 block of Gate Road in the Gordonville neighborhood of Bartow, Florida on the morning of August 22, 1997. Her roommate reported her as missing at 9:00 a.m. that day when Murray failed to return home. An extensive search of the area produced no clues as to Murray's whereabouts.

    There was an unconfirmed sighting of Murray at a Wal-Mart store in Bartow, Florida on August 23, 1997, the day following her disappearance. It is not known if the woman in question was actually Murray. Her case remains unsolved.


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



    Source Information
    Polk County Sheriff's Office
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    The News Chief


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 8, 2010; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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