Carol Frances Norton

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Above Images: Carol in the mid-1950s
(several years prior to her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 2, 1965 from El Cerrito, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'5, 100 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Carol wears very thick eyeglasses and would be nearly blind without them.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carol was last seen in El Cerrito, California on June 2, 1965. When her sister went to visit her at her trailer home the next day, she found coffee on the stove and the lights turned on, but Carol was gone. She has never been heard from again.

    Carol's husband, Harvey Arnold Norton, was arrested and charged with robbing a Sandia, Texas bank on July 14. He and a male accomplice stole thousands of dollars. When he was questioned about his wife, he said he'd argued with her and left her in a motel in Portland, Oregon on June 14, prior to his trip to Texas. Harvey's 1964 Lincoln was found abandoned in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas; inside were bloodstained flood mats, strands of human hair and a dirty shovel. Harvey served time in a federal prison in Kansas after pleading guilty to the bank robbery. In 1971, he went to an isolated trailer home in Marshall, Texas where two teenage girls were staying. Harvey bound the girls and took their father's rifle, and when one of the girls' boyfriends arrived, he shot and killed the boy and then fatally shot himself.

    Due the circumstances of Carol's disappearance, foul play is suspected. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    El Cerrito Police Department


    Source Information
    The Corpus Christi Caller-Times
    The San Bernardino County Sun
    The Denton Record-Chronicle


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 8, 2017; casefile added.

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