Bonnie Woodward

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Above Images: Bonnie, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 25, 2010 from Alton, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 48 years old
  • Date of Birth: 5'7, 240 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A yellow and white scrub top and yellow scrub pants.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bonnie was last seen in the parking lot of her workplace, the Eunice C. Smith Nursing Home in the 1200 block of College Avenue in Alton, Illinois, at 3:00 p.m. on June 25, 2010. She was talking to an unidentified man who was driving a silver or gray 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. He is described as Caucasian, in his forties, with brown hair that was gray at the temples. He had been loitering the parking lot, smoking, for about half an hour before Bonnie came out. She got into her red Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck and rolled the windows down, then the man approached her and they began speaking. Bonnie never arrived home and has never been heard from again. She normally drove her truck to and from work, but it was left unlocked and abandoned in the nursing home parking lot.

    Bonnie has two sons and two daughters. One of them has special needs and she never went more than a few hours without calling home to check up on him. Her 17-year-old daughter, Heather, was missing at the time Bonnie disappeared. Bonnie had reported her as a runaway on June 17, after Heather went to stay with a former teacher, Christine M. Scheffel, and refused to come home. The police searched the teacher's home, but were unable to locate Heather, and Bonnie was very worried about her. Heather turned herself in to the police on July 3, her 18th birthday. She had been staying with Roger W. Carroll and Monica Carroll. Scheffel was ultimately charged with obstruction of justice for lying to the police about Heather's disappearance, and both Roger and Monica were charged with harboring a runaway.

    July 7, Roger was re-arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. Authorities stated he lied to the police on July 5 when he claimed he had no knowledge of Bonnie's disappearance. They'd discovered his fingerprints on Bonnie's truck, which they believe disproved his statements. The Carrolls own a silver Chevrolet Malibu, like the vehicle seen in the parking lot with Bonnie just before she disappeared. In September, investigators searched their rural 50-acre property and got a warrant for Roger's cellular phone records. They did recover some evidence, but didn't release many details about it.

    Bonnie lived with her boyfriend and had worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Eunice C. Smith Nursing Home for 27 years prior to her disappearance. She is one of nine children and was married three times. She had two children by her first husband, and when her third husband died, she adopted his two children. She also has five grandchildren.

    Since Bonnie went missing, she hasn't used her credit cards, bank accounts, cellular phone or other electronic devices. Her loved ones don't believe she would have abandoned her children or left willingly with someone she didn't know. The person she was seen talking to in the parking lot has never been identified. Bonnie's case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alton Police Department
    618-463-3505 ext. 250

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    KSDK St. Louis
    KMOV 4
    The River Bend Telegraph
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 14, 2011; casefile added.

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