Bernice, approximately 1962
Date reported missing : 10/12/1962
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 01/08/1935 (86)
Age at the time of disappearance: 27 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Bernice's ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Bernice was last seen in Everett, Washington on October 12, 1962. She has never been heard from again. Her sister reported her missing on December 18.
Thirty-three years after her disappearance, an informant told police Bernice had been murdered by her husband, Donald Selby, and her body buried under a road in Everett. The couple had been in the process of a divorce in 1962. Donald had long been a person of interest in his wife's disappearance. He died in 1980.
Authorities dug up a twelve-foot span of the road in the 6300 block of 97th Drive northeast, but found nothing. Although her body hasn't been located, investigators do believe Bernice was the victim of a homicide.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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