Left and Center: Mary circa, 1981
Right: Age Progressed to age 52
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: December 27, 1981
Missing From: Gardena, Los Angeles County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: June 6, 1964
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 5’5″ and 115 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes
NCMEC Number: 602861
Details of Disappearance
Mary Jo Long went missing from Austin, Minnesota on December 27th 1981. She was living with her mother in the area and went to Austin High School. She moved to Gardena, California to live with her father without her mother’s permission in the spring of 1981 but returned to Austin for Christmas with her mother. She then went back to California afterwards Mx
Mary enrolled in Gardena High School and lived in the 13700 block of Alma in Gardena with her father. She disappeared from Gardena on February 22nd 1982 but was not reported missing for several years afterwards. Her mother reported her disappearance in 1988. She has since died after being killed in a car crash in 1989. Her father is still alive and lives in Arizona but it very ill. Relatives continue the search for answers in Mary’s disappearance. She had a boyfriend at the time of her disappearance and her family would like to speak to him.
Mary’s boyfriend was last known to be in California at the time of her disappearance.
Her disappearance remains unsolved and Minnesota authorities are investigating.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Austin Police Department 507-437-9400