Juanita Ritchie

Above: Ritchie, circa 1966


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 1, 1966 from Dwarf, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1928
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'7, 120 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ritchie was last seen in Dwarf, Kentucky on November 1, 1966. She left home to go to the grocery store and never returned. Her family reported her disappearance to the police about a week later, but they stated there was no investigation conducted at the time, and the police later misplaced the missing persons report and all the other information they had on her case. Ritchie left behind six children. She has never been heard from again.

    In the early 1990s, a man gave the police a written statement that another man had confessed to killing Ritchie in a rape attempt. Nothing came of the lead, however. In 2012, Ritchie's brother got an anonymous phone call from a blocked number saying Ritchie's body was in a certain well in Rowdy, Kentucky. The police pumped the well and found nothing, and decided it wouldn't be safe to send a person inside it to look around. Ritchie's brother had the well pumped a second time and says there is a piece of concrete at the bottom.

    Foul play is suspected in Ritchie's case. Her Social Security number was never used after her disappearance, and there hasn't been any indication of her whereabouts since 1966. The investigation into her disappearance was reopened in 2012.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kentucky State Police


    Source Information
    The Hazard Herald
    Facebook Page for Juanita Ritchie


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 20, 2013; casefile added.

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