Left and Center: Andrea circa, 1990
Right: Age Progressed to age 35
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: February 1, 1990
Missing From: Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: April 24, 1976
Age: 13 years old
Height and Weight: 5’3″ and 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Blonde hair, Green eyes, Andrea’s ears are pierced, she might use the nickname “Andi”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, black faded jeans, and white sneakers
NCMEC Number: 735437
Details of Disappearance
Andrea was last seen in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on February 1st 1990. She was last known to be at her home in the Royal Apartments locates at the corner of Colonia Drive and Mayflower Avenue. She was last seen by her mother and sister at 7:45 pm. Her mother told Andrea to vacuum the home while they were gone.
They attended a meeting which spanned from 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm. They returned to the home 2 hours later and discovered the residence to be unlocked. There were no signs of a forced entry and all personal belongings of Andrea were still at the home which included her purse, makeup, and clothing. They found the vacuum cleaner in an upright position in the living room.
Investigators initially believed that Andrea had runaway from home. She was somewhat unhappy at the time of her disappearance, she had to change schools and move apartments. It was actually Durham’s first day of school on February 1st. Her mother moved them because she felt that Andrea had been hanging out with the wrong crowd.
Andrea had also previously been in trouble with the law. She acted as a lookout person for other children while they stole money out of peoples vehicles in a restaurant parking lot. Andrea was sentenced to community service. She reportedly was not worried about it. She also had a date in juvenile court after her disappearance.
Investigators do speculate that Andrea might have remained in the area after her disappearance. Investigators received multiple reports of unconfirmed sightings of Andrea within a month of her disappearance. Most of the sightings were from Okaloosa County and the Holley- Navarre area in Santa Rosa County. There have also been sightings in Pensacola and the Perdido Key area.
None of the sightings were ever confirmed. Her family searched for her everyday after she went missing but she was never located. Various searches of areas such as campgrounds, beaches, and shopping malls have given no indication as to her whereabouts. Police even stakes out the Whitesnake concert in Pensacola on March 21st when the heavy metal band played. Andrea did not attend it.
Investigators believe that even if Andrea did runaway, she wouldn’t have been able to survive long on the streets without money. Andrea’s family has never believed that she ran off but rather that foul play was likely involved in the case. She hasn’t had any contact with her family since she disappeared and investigators have called it odd that child at Andrea’s age could be gone for so long.
Investigators have looked at the possibility that Andrea might have been a victim of killers, Mark Riebe and William Alex Wells III. While Riebe was confessing to one of many murders he committed , he made a point of saying that he was not involved in Andrea’s disappearance. Investigators didn’t even bring up Andrea’s disappearance so they call this suspicious.
It turns out that Mark Riebe did have a connection to Andrea. His stepdaughter and stepson were friends with Andrea and she had been over to their home many times prior to her disappearance. Investigators continue to believe that the men might have been involved in Andrea’s disappearance and other murders. He is also a possible suspect in the 1990 disappearance of Deborah Poe. She went missing just 3 days after Durham. She has never been found.
While investigators have found no evidence of foul play in Andrea’s case, they believe she was possibly murdered on the evening of her disappearance. Some agencies classify Andrea’s disappearance as a non family abduction but the exact circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unclear.
At the time of her disappearance, Andrea had started attending Pryor Middle School and was said to be a good student. She had many hobbies which included camping, tennis, dancing, and going to the beach. She was laid said today be a spiritual youth from a young age. Her mother has now moved to South Carolina.
Andrea’s disappearance remains unsolved and she’s never been located. Foul play is possible in her case. She might be listed as an endangered runaway with agencies.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office 850-651-7400