Joanna Kay Otto

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Above Images: Otto, circa 1992

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 20, 1992 from Pensacola, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 3, 1973
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Otto was last seen on November 20, 1992. She and her roommate went to a party, but her roommate became ill and had to go home. Otto got a ride home later with a friend, 27-year-old James Earl Gibson. He later told police that he took two other people home and then dropped Otto off at her apartment at Maison de Ville Apartments in the 800 block of Royce Street. She never arrived home and has never been heard from again. She was not reported missing until December 8.

    A photo of Gibson is posted below this case summary. He is currently incarcerated, serving a 35-year sentence for a 1994 kidnapping and rape. He had abducted an eighteen-year-old girl, an acquaintance of Otto's, sexually assaulted her and held her for nearly nine hours before releasing her. Authorities believe he could be a serial killer. He has not been charged in Otto's case, however, and it remains unsolved. Otto was born in Dotham, Alabama and graduated from Woodham High School in Pensacola. Foul play is suspected in her case.

    Some agencies state that Otto vanished on November 21, 1992.

    Gibson
    Above: Gibson, circa 2010

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Escambia County Sheriff's Office
    850-436-9620

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    Source Information
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    Escambia County Sheriff's Office
    Hawkshaw Lagoon Memorial Park
    The Florida Catholic
    The Doe Network
    Florida Department of Corrections
    WEAR 3
    The Pensacola News Journal

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 29, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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