Anna Frances Leatherwood
Anna, approximately 1966
Date reported missing : 05/20/1966
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/07/1934 (87)
Age at the time of disappearance: 43 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0 - 5'3, 155 - 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white house gown.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Graying brown hair, blue eyes. Anna may go by her middle name, Frances, or the nickname Frannie. She wears eyeglasses, her ears are pierced and she has a vertical Cesarean section scar on her abdomen. Her maiden name is Flynn.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Frances was last seen in Sevierville, Tennessee on May 20, 1966. Her husband, Berlin Leatherwood, was abusive and she had repeatedly left him, but Berlin would always convince her to reconcile and return to him. On the day of her disappearance, Frances was staying at her cousin's home and Berlin came and brought her back to their residence. When they arrived at the house, Frances's leg was bruised and swollen and she was limping. Their children were there and saw her injury, and her husband said he would take her to the doctor in the morning.
The couple's children left late that night and never saw their mother again. Berlin stated he did take her to the doctor, parked the car and went inside to wait in the waiting room, but Frances never arrived for her appointment and never checked in with the receptionist.
She left her purse behind, and within a week Berlin had sold many of her belongings and burned the rest. Within six months he had filed for divorce and put their home up for sale, and after seven years he had her declared legally dead and cashed in her life insurance policy.
Authorities believe Frances was probably murdered by her husband, but her body was never found and no charges have been filed against anyone in her disappearance.
Other information and links : ncy
Knox County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. November 14, 2020; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.