Kristina Joanne Porco

Left and Center: Kristina circa, 1986

Right: Age Progressed to age 33

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: November 29, 1986

Missing From: Hilton Head, Beaufort County, South Carolina

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: June 30, 1970

Age: 16 years old

Height and Weight: 5’8″ and 140 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Kristina’s ears are pierced and she was known to wear artificial nails at the time of her disappearance, she might use the nickname “Krissi”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: An orange sweatshirt, light colored blue jeans, and a white pair of sneakers

NCMEC Number: 601866

Details of Disappearance

Kristina was last seen in Hilton Head, South Carolina on November 29th 1986. She was last seen leaving her family’s home in the Woodlake Villas condominium complex following an argument she had with her mother about her curfew. She left at approximately 10:13 pm. She called a friend afterwards from a nearby phone booth and asked if she could stay the night at her home.

The friends mother denied the request and Kristina said she was going to sleep by the apartment complex pool. As she talked, she said a Taxi car kept passing her and the person in the car drove slowly. Shortly after the conversation ended, her friend went to the pool but Kristina was nowhere in sight. She found her red sweater. Kristina has never seen heard from again.

Investigators believe that Kristina was abducted by a non family member. On April 10th 1991, investigators received a tip that Kristina was being held by a satanic cult based in Florida. The cult was known as the “Finders of the Magic Circle” through ransom notes. The cult threatened to kill people from ever part of Florida if their demands to free 3 prisoners were not met.

The cult sent a letter to a Orlando Television Station and it read “We have Kristina Joanne Porco from Hilton Head, S.C. She is still alive, but not for long. She has sold her soul to Satan and will be the next sacrifice”. On April 11th 1991, they received another letter which said Porco was to be executed at midnight on April 30th 1991.

In the first letter, the cult demanded the release of two men who were imprisoned for the murders of 5 college students in Gainesville, Florida. They also demanded the release of a man who robbed human skulls from a Florida cemetery.

Kristina’s mother, Merrill Inzerra, believed that it was possible whoever wrote the letters got her daughters information off of missing persons fliers. On the same day that Kristina was allegedly supposed to be sacrificed, a Florida man was arrested for writing the false letters. This proved that Kristina was not being held by a satanic cult.

The man did not have Kristina and is not believed to be connected to her case at all. The fact that the alleged letter was a hoax brought much relief to Kristina’s mother. Investigators still suspected foul play was involved in the case despite the hoax.

Christopher J. Below is considered a possible suspect in Kristina’s disappearance. He’s also a suspect in the 1994 Ohio disappearance of Shaylene Farrell, the 1995 Kentucky abduction of Heather Teague, and the Florida 1998 disappearance of Mary Kushto. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the shooting of Kathern Fezter in 1991 in Medina, Ohio. She remains missing.

Below is currently incarcerated in Ohio. Kristina fits his victim description and one of her missing person fliers was found in his Ohio home in 1992. He apparently had other fliers as well. Investigators were able to determine that Below lives in South Carolina in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They have been unable to determine his whereabouts when Kristina disappeared.

Below has not been charged in connection to Kristina’s disappearance or any other cases besides Fetzer’s shooting death. Investigators have no evidence to implicate him in Kristina’s presumed abduction.

Investigators do not believe that Kristina left on her own as she had no money or any personal belongings with her when’s who disappeared. She left between $100 and $200 in a savings account. At the time of her disappearance, Kristina was described as an average student and attended Hilton Head High School. She had finished a book report that was due the week after her disappearance. She was also auditioning for a part in a musical group at her school.

Kristina’s disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. Her parents both divorced in 1988 and her mother continues to search for her. There’s been no sign of Kristina since 1986.

Investigating Agency

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

Beaufort County Sheriffs Office 843-689-4300

Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network


The Post Crescent 04/30/1991

The Post Crescent 05/01/1991