Details of Disappearance Bolton was last seen at her home on Greenwood Ridge Road eight and a half miles east of Elk, California on January 1, 1983. She lived with her husband in a trailer in a rural area surrounded by dense woods and steep terrain. Her husband stated he was watching a football game between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m., and mentioned to Bolton that he was going to buy a new license for their trailer. She asked how much it would cost and was shocked at the $33.60 price; Bolton and her husband were retired and living on fixed incomes.
Her husband said she simply walked out the door after he told her how much the license would cost. She didn't take her coat, her purse or any money with her, and she didn't have a car. She has never been heard from again. Her husband reported her missing at 6:00 p.m.
According to Bolton's loved ones, she was despondent about their finances, the lingering effects from two serious car accidents she'd been in during the past two years, and her and her husband's isolation. They had moved to rural California from Los Angeles four years earlier, after her husband retired. Her husband stated she had no history of leaving home without warning, she wasn't taking any medication and rarely drank alcohol, and he didn't think she would have taken her own life or run away.
Prior to her disappearance, Bolton had often walked on the paths near her her home in search of wildflowers and plants. She was interested in nature and pottery, made bowls with weeds imprinted in the sides, and sold ceramic beads at the senior center. An extensive search turned up no indication of Bolton's whereabouts. Her case remains unsolved.
- Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 27, 2021; casefile added.