Cindy Marilyn Ray
Cindy, approximately 1989
Date reported missing : 03/29/1989
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 11/27/1988 (32)
Age at the time of disappearance: 4 months old
Height / Weight : 2'0, 12 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A one-piece snap-up suit.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Cindy has a discoloration on her head.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Cindy and her parents, Jonathan and Janine Ray, resided in Fresno, California in 1989. Cindy was last seen swinging in the family's backyard during the morning hours of March 29, 1989.
Jonathan apparently left Cindy unattended for an unspecified amount of time. He discovered that his daughter was missing after he returned to the area. Cindy has never been seen again.
Cindy's disappearance was not reported to authorities until April 1, three days after she disappeared. Janine told police she did not report it sooner because she was afraid her husband would be considered a suspect, since he had a history of spousal abuse.
Jonathan was scheduled to take a polygraph exam shortly after Cindy's disappearance was reported to authorities, but he failed to arrive for his appointment. Investigators found him and Janine inside a room at the Holiday Inn in Visalia, California on April 11, 1989. Jonathan was dead and Janine was comatose.
The couple apparently made a suicide pact after Cindy's disappearance. Janine survived and was questioned by authorities regarding Cindy's case, but she was unable to provide additional details about her daughter's disappearance.
Extensive searches of the area produced no clues as to Cindy's whereabouts. Foul play is suspected in her case. There have not been any arrests in connection with Cindy's disappearance.
Other information and links : ncy
Fresno Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Fresno Bee
The Doe Network
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October 12, 2004. December 20, 2010; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added.