Maria Theresa Ruthling

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Above Images: Ruthling, circa 1965


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 23, 1965 from Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 49 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ruthling frequently wears her hair in a bun. Her ears are pierced. She may use the last name Aurelio.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ruthling was last seen in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 23, 1965. She went to work at the Aztec Studio Shop, the business she operated in the 20 block of east Main Street, that day. At 10:00 p.m. she called her adult daughter to say she was coming home. She never arrived home and her vehicle was found abandoned a day later in a shopping center parking lot in the 20 block of south Old Scottsdale Road. The car keys and Ruthling's purse were inside it. Her shop was locked with money in the cash register and no sign of a robbery.

    Ruthling was divorced at the time of her disappearance and has two daughters. She lived with her younger daughter at in the 800 block of east Elm Street; her ex-husband lived elsewhere in the city. Her disappearance is completely out of character and foul play is suspected in her case, but few details are available.


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


    Source Information
    The Arizona Republic


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 8, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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