Sharon Lynn Pretorius

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Sharon, circa 1973;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 50 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 28, 1973 from Dayton, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 23, 1960
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Sharon did not wear makeup in 1973, and she frequently wore her hair in braids or pigtails.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved yellow flowered sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sharon was last seen on September 28, 1973, when she left her home on Cornell Drive in the Dayton View neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio. She had attended her classes at Fairview High School, where she was a freshman. After school she went home, had a piano lesson, and left to collect money in the neighborhood for her Dayton Journal Herald newspaper route. She has never been heard from again.

    Procedures at the time prohibited Sharon's family from reporting her as a missing child until 24 hours had passed. Investigators believe she did not run away and was probably abducted and murdered. A witness saw a girl matching Sharon's description struggling with a Caucasian man near a car at the corner of Cornell and Philadelphia Drive at 5:30 p.m. on the day she disappeared. The car was a blue sedan seven or eight years old. The man has never been identified and the girl was not confirmed to be Sharon.

    Sharon's family describes her as an intelligent, responsible and studious teenager who always dressed modestly. She skipped the eighth grade at Cornell Heights School prior to her disappearance. Authorities followed up many leads in her disappearance over the years, but her case remains a mystery. Her family held a memorial service for her in 2006.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dayton Police Department
    937-333-1070

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    Source Information
    The Dayton Daily News
    The Doe Network
    Ohio Attorney General's Office
    NamUs
    The Dover Daily Reporter

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 19, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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