Carol Sue Skidmore

Above: Carol, circa 1977


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 9, 1977 from Rossville, Georgia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 13, 1950
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Carol's nickname is Sissy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carol was last seen in Rossville, Georgia, just south of the Tennessee border, on April 9, 1977. She and her husband of one year, James Skidmore, and her five-year-old son Lynn Dale Mahaffey, one of the four children she had from a previous marriage, had left their Texas home to visit James's parents in Rossville on March 29, in order to "put their marriage back together." The last time Carol's parents heard from her was on April 9, when she spoke to them on the phone and said she wasn't sure when she'd be coming home. All three of them disappeared together.

    On May 5, Lynn's body was found in Parksville Lake in Cleveland, Texas. He'd been there for several weeks. The child was the victim of a homicide; his body was found wrapped in a plastic bag and weighted with a forty-pound rock. It wasn't identified until June 13. By then, his stepfather had also been found deceased: James was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room in Harrison, Arkansas on June 1. He had committed suicide. There was no sign of Carol; she has never been heard from again.

    Due to the circumstances involved in her disappearance, foul play is suspected in Carol's case. She is from Texas police are investigating her disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Texas Department of Public Safety


    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Kingsport News
    The Vernon Daily Record
    The Bryan-College Station Eagle


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 14, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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