Denise Marie Sheehy

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Left: Denise, circa 1970;
Right: Age-progression to age 58 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 7, 1970 from Queens, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 20, 1954
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 103 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Denise's ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue shorts size XS, a red and white top, white clog sandals size 5 1/2, a gold boys' school ring and a gold ring with her initials "DS."
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    Details of Disappearance

    Denise was last seen leaving her family's residence at the Mets apartment complex in the 4800 block of 46th Street in the Woodside neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens on July 7, 1970. This date happened to be her sister's nineteenth birthday. Denise and her mother had argued at dinner because her mother thought Denise had been drinking alcohol. She left the house angrily and without taking any personal belongings. A neighbor saw her climb over a fence behind the building and leave the complex via an adjacent Mets building. She never returned home and has not been heard from again.

    Denise's boyfriend was visiting relatives in Pennsylvania when she disappeared, but he came home to assist with the search. The police have ruled him out as a suspect in her case, and her family doesn't think he was involved either. Denise's father is dead, but her mother and sister are still alive and hope she will be located. She has never been declared legally dead. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York State Division Of Criminal Justice Service
    800-346-3543

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network
    New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
    NamUs
    The New York Daily News

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 18, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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