Ira Elizabeth Shaw

Left and Right: Ira circa, 1978

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 19, 1978

Missing From: Austin, Travis County, Texas

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date Of Birth: August 31, 1962

Age: 15 years old

Height and Weight: 5’0″ and 120 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: African American female, Black hair, Brown eyes, Ira has a light-colored birthmark on the front of her right leg that extends from her pelvis and down her thigh, her nicknames are “Liz” and “Ira Liz”

Details of Disappearance

Ira was last seen in Austin, Texas on June 19th 1978. She left the the Lyndon B Johnson Library at 2313 Red River Street where she worked a summer job. She was expected to walk to her aunt’s house to meet her mother but she never did. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Ira’s case was reopened in 2023 by police at the request of her nephew. Little information is available about her disappearance which remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

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

Austin Police Department (512) 974-5250

Source Information


Austin-American Statesman 07/03/1978