Mary Jean Sylvestre

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Above Images: Sylvestre, circa 1977


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 1977 from Palmer, Alaska
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 21, 1940
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 160 - 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Sylvestre may use the first name Jeanne or the last name Ward.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red and black plaid flannel shirt over an orange shirt, brown or red jeans, leather chaps, heavy socks, brown boots and a gold wedding band on her left ring finger.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sylvestre was last seen while on a moose hunting trip with three friends in Palmer, Alaska on September 11, 1977. She was attempting to ford Granite Creek on horseback, six miles up the creek past Sutton, when she fell off the horse and was swept downstream. Her friends were unable to rescue her. She has never been seen again and is presumed drowned, but her body was never located.

    Sylvestre is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and previously worked as a school bus driver. She lived on Buffalo Mine Road between Palmer and Sutton at the time of her disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers


    Source Information
    Find a Grave
    Facebook Page for Mary Sylvestre


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 3, 2014; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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