Annette Deanne Sagers

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Left: Annette, circa 1988;
Right: Age-progression to age 33 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 4, 1988 from Mount Holly, South Carolina
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: March 16, 1977
  • Age: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'8, 95 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Annette has small gaps between her upper front teeth. She had a slight speech impediment at the time of her 1988 disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Red pants, a red shirt and white shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Annette was last seen at approximately 7:00 a.m. on October 4, 1988 in her hometown of Mount Holly, South Carolina. She was standing with her dog at the bus stop in front of the Mount Holly Plantation at the time, waiting to go to classes at Westview Middle School, where she was a sixth-grader. When the bus arrived twenty minutes later, Annette was gone. She has never been seen again. Her stepfather didn't realize she was missing until that afternoon, when she didn't come home from school and he found out she'd never arrived there.

    Annette vanished from the same location her mother, Korrina Lynne Sagers Malinoski, disappeared from nearly one year earlier, five days before Thanksgiving in November 1987. When she did not show up for work, her boss went looking for her and found her car parked at the entrance to Mount Holly Plantation. Korrina's husband, who is Annette's stepfather, worked as a caretaker at the plantation. The family lived in a cabin on the property, which encompassed 6,000 acres.

    Annette's stepfather discovered a penciled note at the bus stop after Annette was reported missing. The note was addressed to him and said, "Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug." Handwriting experts determined that the note was written by Annette. There has been no other sign of either Annette or Korrina since 1988. No one saw anyone pick Annette up.

    Authorities do not know if Korrina did in fact return for Annette; the child could have written the note under duress. Some theorize that Annette knew something about her mother's disappearance and was silenced, but there is no evidence to support any theory. In 2000, an anonymous caller directed police to search for a body in Sumter County. Investigators took a cadaver-sniffing dog to the location, but found no sign of any remains.

    Annette's case is classified as a non-family abduction due to the lack of evidence regarding her and her mother's fates.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Berkeley County Sheriff's Office
    803-761-7190

    OR
    803-737-9000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Charleston Post and Courier
    The Charlotte Observer
    The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
    The Item
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 10, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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