Arrilla Naomi Webb-Vaul

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Above Images: Webb-Vaul, circa 1979


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 15, 1979 from Bossier Parish, Lousiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 27, 1955
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue/gray eyes. Webb-Vaul has a small mole on the right side of her nose.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple or maroon dress; a full-length gray or blue plaid hooded coat; a small emerald ring on her right hand; a white gold wedding set with two wide bands on her left hand, the center of the second band having a 1/3 karat diamond; a silver watch; and possibly white high-heeled shoes.
  • Medical Conditions: Webb-Vaul had a growth on her eye at the time of her disappearance; it was thought to be cancerous.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Webb-Vaul drove her husband to the Eastgate Shopping Center on 70th Street in Shreveport, Louisiana shortly before 6:00 p.m. on March 15, 1979. One of Webb-Vaul's car tires had been slashed at the time, but was not completely flat when she dropped her husband off at the store. Webb then drove approximately 200 yards across the Jimmie Davis Bridge into Bossier Parish. Witnesses observed her vehicle pull over to the shoulder just beyond the bridge. An unidentified Caucasian man driving a truck parked behind Webb-Vaul. She has never been heard from again. Webb-Vaul's vehicle was discovered abandoned on the shoulder at 10:15 p.m.; there was no sign of her at the scene. She has never been heard from again.

    Authorities initially believed Webb-Vaul had left of her own accord. She was apparently severely distressed at the time of her disappearance. Just a few days before she was last seen, she wrote a letter to her mother asking to be removed from her mother's will, and saying that if anything happened to her, her car should be given to her mother rather than her husband. Webb-Vaul's mother had herself disappeared at least once and was gone for seven years before resurfacing.

    Webb-Vaul's disappearance may be connected to the murder of 18-year-old Ladoisha Ann "Dodie" Gay, a high school student who disappeared from the Eastgate Shopping Center only a month after Webb-Vaul did. Her car was later found abandoned with a flat tire, just like Webb-Vaul's was. Gay's body was found under a bridge in rural DeSoto Parish, Louisiana six weeks later. Her homicide and Webb-Vaul's disappearance remain unsolved, but police do have a suspect: James Edward Wood, a suspected serial killer who was convicted of the 1993 murder of an 11-year-old Idaho girl. Authorities believe he may have commiteed as many as 185 robberies, 85 rapes and dozens of murders over thirty years. He died of natural causes in prison in 2004.

    Foul play is suspected in Webb-Vaul's disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Shreveport Times


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 15, 2017; two pictures and medical conditions added, details of disappearance updated.

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