Carol Jean Fillion Aungst Clark Pierce

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Top Row: Carol, circa 1975;
Bottom Row: Age-progressions to an unknown age

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 8, 1975 from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 4, 1939
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue/hazel eyes. Carol has a small scar on her upper lip. She has a surgical pin implanted in her right femur.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carol was last seen at her residence in the vicinity of west Elm Street and north Hudson Avenue Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at 8:00 a.m. on September 8, 1975. Her husband, Richard Gale Pierce, stated he had had coffee with her that morning, then left for work. When he returned home between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m., she was gone. Carol left behind her purse, pet cat, makeup and other belongings at her home. She and Richard had only one vehicle between them, and he had it when she disappeared.

    Carol was a housewife at the time of her disappearance and did not work outside the home. Her loved ones described her as a homebody who enjoyed gardening in 1975. Richard was a crewman on the United States Coast Guard cutter Mesquite. He reported her as a missing person on September 15. Prior to Carol's going missing, the Pierces had had plans to move to Cheboygan, Michigan, where they owned some property, on Richard's upcoming retirement. It wasn't until his retirement party weeks later that Carol's mother realize she was missing; she made Richard file a missing persons report. Richard did retire and move to Michigan, and he still lives there. He obtained a divorce from Carol in 1977 and remarried a short time later.

    Carol and Richard's relationship was troubled and they'd been in marriage counseling. Just prior to her disappearance, Carol signed over to Richard her interest in titles to their truck and the mobile home. He said she did this after she threatened to leave him, but Carol's friends and family stated she was happy in her marriage and had no plans to leave Richard. Police didn't begin to thoroughly investigate her disappearance until the 1980s. A grand jury investigated Carol's case in 1988, but didn't issue any indictments. In 2008, police searched Richard's farm near Cheboygan, looking for Carol's body, but the search didn't uncover any evidence. Authorities stated Richard is the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance, but he maintains his innocence and he's never been charged in her case.

    Carol's passport and Social Security number have not been used since 1975. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sturgeon Bay Police Department
    920-746-2450

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    Source Information
    Wisconsin Advocates for the Families of Missing People
    NamUs
    The Doe Network
    Sturgeon Bay Police Department
    The Green Bay Press Gazette
    The Hudson Star-Observer
    The Chicago Tribune

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 21, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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