Cathy Cole Sampson

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Above Images: Sampson, circa 1985

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 27, 1985 from Paris, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 11, 1946
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sampson may use the name Cathy Bell Cole Sampson. She has a panda bear tattooed on her left breast and a red rose tattooed on her buttocks. Sampson's ears are pierced. She wears a full set of dentures.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sampson was last seen in Paris, Texas on August 27, 1985. She was preparing to move and left home to drive to a convenience store nearby and get boxes. Sampson never returned home and hours later, her twelve-year-old daughter called a family friend who drove around looking for her until he saw Sampson's purple 1985 Pontiac at a roadside park on U.S. 82 west. Her purse and its contents were inside the vehicle, and valuable epuipment her employer had issued was in the trunk. There were no indications of a struggle. Sampson has never been heard from again.

    At the time of her disappearance, Sampson lived alone with her daughter in Paris. They had moved there from Dallas, Texas the previously year and Sampson initially took a job at Kimberly-Clark Corp., but shortly before she went missing she started working as a service technician with General Electric Medical Services. She's described as a devoted mother who wouldn't have abandoned her child. Sampson's ex-husband is not a suspect in her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Paris Police Department
    903-737-4134

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    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Paris News

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 7, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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