Anna Marie Zirkle

Above: Zirkle, circa 1997


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 1, 1997 from Columbus, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 7, 1974
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zirkle was last seen walking away from her home in the 300 block of east Roosevelt Avenue on the east side of Columbus, Ohio on February 1, 1997. She has never been heard from again. She lived with her two toddler sons; the boys' father, Derrin Williams; and his cousin, Troy Austin; at the time. Williams was visting friends in Warren, Ohio that day; he, Zirkle and the children had lived there before moving to Columbus. The two cities are about 170 miles apart.

    According Austin, Zirkle said she was tired of everything and wanted to get away. She gave him money to buy Greyhound bus tickets so he could send the children to Warren to be with their father. Austin escorted the children to Warren and they arrived there safely. Zirkle has never been heard from again. A neighbor reported her missing on February 6.

    Zirkle grew up in Ashtabula County, Ohio and was in foster care for an extended time period as a child. She moved to Warren and moved in with Williams after she graduated high school. Her loved ones don't believe she would have abandoned her children, and she left behind her clothing, identification and an uncashed check for $388. Foul play is suspected in her case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Columbus Police Department


    Source Information
    ONN TV
    WSYX ABC 6
    NBC 4i
    The Columbus Dispatch
    The Warren Tribune Chronicle
    Ohio Attorney General's Office


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 1, 2015; date of birth added.

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