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Joanne was last seen in Dearborn Heights, Michigan on November 24, 1971. She failed to show up at the holiday celebrations over Thanksgiving weekend. She wasn't reported missing until December 31, however. She has never been heard from again. Joanne married her second husband, Philip Garr, less than a year before her disappearance. Philip stated his wife returned home in late 1971 after a brief estrangement, packed her bags and left again, and he hadn't seen or heard from her since. He couldn't remember the exact date he last saw her and said he had no idea where she was.
Beside Philip, the last person to speak to Joanne was her first husband, Robert Ross, who is the father of her two young daughters. Joanne called Ross on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving Day, and arranged to meet him early the next morning to take their children, who were in Ross's care, to see a parade in downtown Detroit, Michigan. She didn't keep the appointment, however. A female friend had invited Joanne over for Thanksgiving dinner, and Joanne never arrived there either. The last day Joanne worked was the day before Thanksgiving. She had held a secretarial job at Hygrade Food Products Corp. in Southfield, Michigan for six years. When she stopped showing up for work, the company assumed she had quit. They removed her belongings from her desk and mailed them to the home she shared with Philip, but the package was returned undelivered and later disposed of.
In late December, Joanne's mother called Philip to ask why she hadn't heard from Joanne. Philip at first said she was visiting a friend in Ohio, and when this statement proved false he said she was in Illinois. Then he told her Joanne had packed her things and left him, and a man had been waiting to drive her away. Joanne's mother reported her missing at that time. She was afraid for her daughter's safety, as she and other people Joanne knew had seen Joanne with black eyes and bruises on her face and body. Joanne claimed she got the injuries accidentally, a statement Philip concurred with.
There has been no trace of Joanne's whereabouts since 1971. Her case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd.
Michigan State Police