Deborah Jean Swanson

Swanson, circa 1986

  • Missing Since 03/29/1986
  • Missing From Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 07/30/1954 (69)
  • Age 31 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Swanson's ears are pierced. Her nickname is Debbie.

Details of Disappearance

Swanson was a special education teacher in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1986. She was last seen walking near the entrance to Tubbs Hill trail at 4:40 p.m. on March 29, 1986. Authorities believe she went there to go jogging.

Swanson's vehicle was found locked and abandoned in the Third Street parking lot near Tubbs Hill later that day. A K-Mart shopping bag was in the trunk and her purse was inside the car, but there was no sign of Swanson, and the car keys were missing and have never been found.

She missed appointments over the following two days, March 30 and 31, and was reported missing on April 1. Swanson has never been heard from again. Extensive searches of the area produced no clues as to her whereabouts.

Investigators believe Swanson was taken against her will; foul play is suspected in her case. Other women have been attacked on the trail where she was last seen, but the attacks have not been linked to her disappearance. Swanson is described as a social, athletic person who enjoyed her job. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Coeur d'Alene Police Department 208-769-2320

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 8, 2015; details of disappearance updated.