Anita Yolanda Parker

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Above: Parker, circa 1998

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 17, 1998 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 30, 1961
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Parker has a scar on her right cheek.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black jacket, a top and sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Parker was last seen in the 6000 block of Brynhurst Avenue in Los Angeles, California on November 17, 1998. She has never been heard from again. Her family believes she may have been a victim of the so-called Grim Sleeper killer. Several of the Grim Sleeper murders took place during the mid-1980s, then the crimes apparently ceased until 2002, when they began anew. All the victims were African-American women. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was charged with ten of the Grim Sleeper murders in 2010, as well as one attempted murder. Authorities don't believe these were his only victims, however.

    A photo of Franklin is posted below this case summary. The families of missing women Cathern Davis, Rosalind Giles and Lisa Knox believe they could have been among his victims. The three females, like Parker, were all involved in drugs and prostitution and all frequented the location near Franklin's home where his presumed victims' bodies were found. Identification cards belonging to missing women Ayellah Marshall and Rolenia Morris were found at his home, along with over 1,000 photos and several hundred hours of video in Franklin's home; the images depicted African-American females, both conscious and unconscious, many of them nude, aged between their teens and middle age. Investigators released 180 photos to the public in an attempt to identify them. Several of the women in the pictures turned out to be alive and well, and identified themselves to the police.

    It should be emphasized that Parker hasn't been named as a Grim Sleeper victim, but her case is still under investigation. It remains unsolved.

    Franklin
    Above: Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department
    213-486-6869

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Doe Network
    The Los Angeles Times
    CBS News
    America's Most Wanted
    The Huffington Post
    Los Angeles Police Department

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 1, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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