Debra Lee Frost

Left and Center: Debra circa, 1984

Right: Age Progressed to age 44

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: July 9, 1984

Missing From: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: April 17, 1967

Age: 17 years old

Height and Weight: 5’6″ and 120 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, Debra has a few scars; a burn scar on her left calf, a scar located on the bridge of her nose, and a scar on her chest, Debra has facial freckles, her ears are both pierced, her hair was cut short of both sides but was was it length in the back at the time of her 1984 disappearance, she may use the nickname “Debbie”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue/black tube top with a white colored fishnet overlay, long length blue corduroy pants, Debra was wearing size 6 1/2 blue sneakers and earrings at the time of her disappearance

NCMEC Number: 601379

Details of Disappearance

Debra Frost was last seen in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 9th 1984. She was last seen at approximately 10:00 pm at the Mountain Bell Plaza which was where her boyfriend at the time worked. She told her boyfriend that she planned to get home either by hitchhiking or walking. She lived in the 1100 block of Montgomery Street at the time. It’s unknown if she ever got a ride or if she started walking on her own. Debra was never seen again afterwards.

While Debra was a very habitual hitchhiker at the time of her disappearance and had even run away from home before, she would always stay with a friend. None of her friends ever heard from her again after the day she went missing. Investigators do not believe Debra had runaway, they instead believe that she was abducted by a non family member when she attempted to get back home.

Debra was having unspecified problems with her life at the time of her disappearance and as a result of it, she was living with her boyfriend and his family. The note day after she disappeared, she was meant to travel to California to stay with her mother, sister, and her young 6 year old brother. Debra’s brother, Frank Frost, believes that she may have had problems and been involved with drugs at the time of her disappearance.

On July 21st 1984, authorities in Rock Springs, Wyoming received a phone call from Debra. This call was not linked to her disappearance until 2011. The exact reason and nature of the call made by her is unknown because police records have been purged since then. There is a 200 mile distance between Rock Springs and Salt Lake City.

The only link she had to both cities was from a man known as Fred Martinez. Frank stated he learned that Debra and Fred were “semi-dating” at the time and that’s how he believes drugs to be a factor in the relationship. Martinez was 30 years old in 1984. In 1995, he killed himself. He has not been identified as a suspect in Debra’s presumed abduction.

Debra’s disappearance remains unsolved. Her brother and the rest of her family continues to search for her. Her father passed away in 2005 at age 58.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Salt Lake City Police Department 801-799-3734

Source Information 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network


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