Heather Dawn Mullins Zimmerman

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Above Images: Zimmerman, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 26, 1997 from Gifford, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 17, 1977
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Zimmerman is right-handed. She has a tattoo of three roses with a black stem on the outside of her left ankle; a picture of the tattoo is posted below this case summary. Zimmerman's left ear is pierced eight times and her right ear is pierced six times. She has scars on her left arm, left wrist and left index finger, and a mole on her neck. Her left ring finger doesn't function properly.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A size medium Sears navy blue and white striped chambray shirt, size 9 stonewashed Zana Di bellbottom jeans, size 9 or 9 1/2 black St. Michael shoes, a Mickey Mouse watch, a gold ring with six diamonds, diamond-studded earrings and gold ball earrings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zimmerman was last seen on May 26, 1997. Her parents said that she took a soda from the refrigerator and departed their home at approximately 8:30 p.m. She is believed to have attended a party in rural Rantoul, Illinois that night. Authorities received information that she was dropped off near her family's residence at 3:00 a.m. on May 27, but it was not confirmed. Zimmerman has never been heard from again.

    Zimmerman left all of her personal belongings at home. Her purse had been stolen prior to her disappearance and she was not carrying any credit cards, cash or identification as a result. She never collected her last paycheck from her place of employment, Casey's General Store, where she worked part time as a clerk. Zimmerman's husband was serving with the United States Marines in Japan in 1997. She resided with her parents in Gifford while he was stationed abroad. Their marriage was troubled at the time, with some reports stating they were divorced or separated. In spite of her marital difficulties, it is uncharacteristic of Zimmerman to leave without warning. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of her.

    Another young woman, Jamie Harper, disappeared from the Rantoul area in 2007. Authorities stated there were similarities between the two cases. They have the same person of interest in both cases; he has not been publicly identified. The disappearances have not been conclusively connected, however.

    Authorities stated foul play has not been ruled out in Zimmerman's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Tattoo
    Above: Drawing of Zimmerman's tattoo

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Champaign County Sheriff's Office
    217-384-1213

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    Source Information
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The News-Gazette
    The Crime Library
    Illinois Homepage
    Unsolved in the News
    NamUs

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 26, 2015; distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry description updated.

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