Left: Dorothy circa 1976 Right: Age Progressed to age 45
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 22, 1976 from Ocala, Marion County, Florida
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 8, 1964
Age: 12 years old
Height and Weight: 4’11”; 100 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Brown hair, Blue eyes, Dorothy’s upper incisor tooth slightly overlaps her upper front tooth, Dorothy was also missing a tooth when she disappeared in 1976, her ears are pierced, she has freckles across her nose, a mole on her knee, her hair was styled in two pigtails at the time of her disappearance, Dorothy also wore gold framed, teardrop shaped glasses at the time of her disappearance, she may use the nicknames “Dee” or “DeeDee”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red short sleeved body suite with a blue floral design and snaps at the crotch area, a button up skirt tucked inside blue jeans, a brown leather belt with a metal buckle, and lime green high tops keds sneakers
Circumstances of Disappearance
Dorothy was last seen in Ocala, Florida on July 22nd 1976. On that day, she left her home in Ocala along with her mother to go to the mall. Dorothy’s mother was known to be taking a driving test at the time. While her mother was taking the test, Dorothy went to the J.M Fields Department Store to exchange a pair of sandals she had recently brought. She also had plans to buy her brother a birthday present.
Dorothy did in fact return the shoes. She was last sighted at the mall at approximately 2:00 pm during that day. Dorothy and her mother both had a designated meeting spot that they planned to meet at when they were done. Dorothy never came to the spot and was never seen or heard from again. Her mother reported her missing immediately.
Authorities believe that Dorothy was abducted by a non family member. A witness came forward and stated that they saw a young female matching Dorothy’s description with two unidentified males approximately 2 hours after she was reported missing. The girl was at a convenience store known as Nubys which was located on the intersection of Highway 40 and State Road 314.
The store was located less then a mile away from the Ocala National Forest. They reportedly purchased sodas and left the store. The girl appeared frightened and was visibly shaken. The girl has not been positively identified as Dorothy and the two males have not been identified either.
At the time of her disappearance, Dorothy was an honors student at Marion Middle School, she regularly attended school, and worked at her parents barbecue. She lived with her family which consisted of her and her five older siblings and her two parents in a mobile home in Citra, Florida. Authorities do not believe that Dorothy left on her own accord as she wasn’t having any personal problems or issues at the time.
Dorothy’s disappearances remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. Her parents divorced 5 years after her disappearance and her father died in 1991.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Ocala Police Department 352-629-8508
NCMEC Number: 601894