Patsy Ann Ravens

Above: Ravens, circa 1977


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 4, 1977 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 14, 1946
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long blue print dress over a long-sleeved white blouse with blue trim around the neck and arms, and shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ravens was last seen at approximately 10:30 p.m. on September 4, 1977, at a relative's residence in the vicinity of 29th Avenue and Latham Street in Phoenix, Arizona. At approximately 5:00 a.m. the next day, her relatives woke up and discovered Ravens and her vehicle, a white 1965 Rambler with Illinois license plates, were missing. Ravens has never been heard from again. She left behind a note reading "God calls me to do his work so I must leave." Her family reported her as a missing person on September 11, a week after her disappearance.

    Revens's car was found a few days after her disappearance, parked at the Sunset Pointe lookout on southbound Interstate 17 at mile post 252, near Prescott, Arizona. Inside the car was a map that appeared to trace a route from Phoenix north to Utah, and an undeveloped roll of film. Ravens's mother did not recognize any of the pictures after they were developed. Ravens had talked about moving to Kenab, Utah to find a job, but it is unclear whether she tried to go there. She left behind all her clothing and a $162 unemployment check, but took about $35 in cash. Ravens's purse was found in the same area as her car in December 1977. Her medication, car keys and temporary driver's license were inside, but all her money was missing.

    At the time she went missing, Ravens was divorced and living with her parents. Her ex-husband had custody of their young son. Her parents describe Ravens as a quiet woman with few friends. She was involved in the local Mormon church and spent much of her free time in her room reading the Bible. Ravens attended a church service on the evening of her disappearance and returned home at 9:45 p.m. Her loved ones stated she was behaving normally at the time. Her case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Arizona Republic


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 24, 2007; details of disappearance updated.

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