Christina Lee White

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Christina, circa 1979;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 44 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 28, 1979 from Asotin, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 3, 1967
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Christina has noticeable white spots on her front teeth. Her ears are double-pierced. Her nicknames are Chris and Chrissy.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans, red leather sneakers and possibly a tan and pink striped shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Christina was last seen on April 28, 1979, during the Asotin County Fair in Astoin, Washington. At 2:30 p.m., she called her mother from a friend's house to say she was feeling sick from the heat. Her mother wasn't able to get her because she didn't have access to a car, and told Christina to put a wet towel on her neck and lie down and rest, and to come home when she felt better. She didn't call again her mother assumed she'd recovered and gone back to the fair. Christina was last seen in the 500 block of 2nd Street sometime between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. When her mother went to pick her up, she wasn't there. Her classmates said she had been on her way home when they saw her last.

    Christina was riding her white ten-speed bicycle at the time of her disappearance. It had a basket in the front and distinctive three-inch wing nuts on the front wheels, and was possibly a Schwinn brand. The bike was brand-new, a present for her birthday eight weeks before. It has never been located. Christina lived with her mother and stepfather at the time of her disappearance, and attended a local Lutheran church. Her parents had divorced when she was a baby. She had several activities planned for the upcoming summer: two camping trips, baseball and spending a month with her father. Authorities don't believe she left of her own accord.

    Authorities believe Christina's disappearance may be connected to the 1982 disappearance of Steven Pearsall and the murders of stepsisters Kristina Nelson, 21, and Jacqueline A. "Brandy" Miller, 18, as well as the 1981 murder of Kristin David, a University of Idaho student whose dismembered body was found in the Snake River eight days after she vanished on a bike ride. Pearsall, Nelson and Miller all disappeared from Lewiston, Idaho on the same night; the women were last seen walking to a grocery store and Pearsall vanished from the Lewiston Civic Theater, where he worked. Nelson and Miller's bodies were found in a canyon in Kendrick, Idaho in 1984. Pearsall has never been located, but he is believed to have been a homicide victim. Authorities believe it's possible Pearsall witnessed their murders and was himself killed as a result. Photos of Nelson, Miller and David are posted below this case summary.

    Investigators have a person of interest in all those cases, a man who has never been publicly identified. He was also one of the last people known to have seen Christina before she went missing, and he was active at the Lewiston Civic Theater. He maintains his innocence in the murders and disappearances. All of the cases remain unsolved.

    Miller Nelson David
    Left: Jacqueline "Brandy" Miller;
    Center: Kristina Nelson;
    Right: Kristin David

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Asotin County Sheriff's Office
    509-758-2331

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Argus Observer
    The Lewiston Tribune
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Confluence: a Documentary Film
    East Idaho Cold Cases

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 2, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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