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Deborah was last seen at her home in the 2300 block of Woodbine Drive in Augusta, Georgia at 4:30 p.m. on March 24, 2006. Her husband, John, stated they argued and Deborah told him, "If you leave, I won't be around when you come back." He didn't believe her and left the house. When he returned, Deborah was gone and so were many of her belongings. There has been no activity on her bank account or cellular phone since she went missing.
John is considered a possible suspect in his wife's disappearance. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. He did not report her as a missing person; Deborah's daughter filed a report over a month after she was last seen. John and Deborah had a troubled relationship prior to her disappearance. There were at least four domestic violence reports in their relationship since March 2005, and at one point Deborah claimed her husband had threatened her life. He began cohabiting with his ex-wife after Deborah went missing, a fact he attempted to conceal from authorities. John took a polygraph about his wife's disappearance. The results were considered to be inconclusive, and authorities announced they believed he used countermeasures during the test.
John was on felony probation at the time Deborah disappeared; the same month she went missing, he pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamines. He moved to South Carolina four months after Deborah's disappearance and was arrested there on several charges, including burglary and grand larceny, in 2007. These charges are unrelated to his wife's disappearance. Deborah has left home in the past, but she has never been gone for this long. Her case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd and is being investigated as a homicide.
Richmond County Sheriff's Office