Madeline Teresa Ponds

Left and Center: Madeline circa, 1986

Right: Age Progressed to age 44


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: November 20, 1986

Missing From: Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: March 11, 1969

Age: 17 years old

Height and Weight: 5’1″ and 105 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Blonde/Red/Auburn hair, Green eyes, Madeline has a pencil lead mark on the base of her neck and her ears are pierced, she might use the nickname “Midge”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A bright orange/blue sweater, straight legged blue jeans, and a pair of white high top sneakers

NCMEC Number: 603354


Details of Disappearance

Madeline was last seen in Columbus, Mississippi on November 20th 1986. She was last seen working her shift at PJ’s One Stop, a convenience store which was located on the southbound Highway 82. She was last seen by her mother who brought her dinner before she left to return to the residence.

A short time later, a customer came into the store and found it to be unattended by staff. The person contacted authorities and upon searching the store, they found that $600 was missing from the cash register. Her personal belongings were still present in the store and her car was still parked in the parking lot. Her purse, hairbrush, wallet, and keys were still inside at the time.

Investigators and her mother do not believe she left on her own accord. They believe she was abducted and might have tried to fight off her kidnapper(s). At the time she disappeared, she was a senior student at her local high school and had plans of joining the armed forces after graduation. She resides in Alabama with her family when’s she disappeared and Alabama authorities are assisting in the case.

Madeline’s disappearance remains unsolved.


Investigating Agency

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

Lowndes County Sheriffs Office 601-328-6788

Pickens County Sheriffs Office 205-367-2000


Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network

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