Debra Jean Vaughan
Debra, approximately 1993
Date reported missing : 07/24/1993
Missing location (approx) :
Greer's Ferry, Arkansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/15/1956 (64)
Age at the time of disappearance: 36 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 110 pounds
Medical conditions : Debra is an alcoholic.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Debra's nickname is Debbie. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies spell her name "Debara Vaughn." She has tattoos on her buttock and left breast.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Debra was last seen at her residence in Greer's Ferry, Arkansas on July 24, 1993. She and her husband, Gerald W. Vaughan, had a history of domestic violence and they got into a physical argument the day before.
Debra went to spend the night with her mother, Dixie Bowling. She said she planned to leave Gerald, but she had to go back to their trailer home to get her belongings. She left Bowling's home at 6:00 a.m. and never returned.
Gerald told Bowling that Debra called him a few days after her disappearance and he believed she planned to embark on a transient life. She had a history of leaving home for several days at a time, and Gerald claimed she had traveled as far as Montana, Wyoming and Canada during her previous absences.
Bowling stated her daughter always kept in touch whenever she left home. She also said Gerald would typically become go looking for Debra if was gone for more than a few hours, but he did not behave this way after her July 24 disappearance.
The police were notified of Debra's disappearance within a few days or weeks, but there was no evidence of foul play and they did not begin a formal investigation until January 1994. By that time, Bowling had become convinced that Debra was deceased.
Some of Debra's belongings, including clothing, jewelry, makeup, a sewing machine and items her grandfather had owned turned up in a junk pile in Pine Snag in the southern part of Cleburne County, Arkansas a couple of months after the police began investigating her disappearance. An extensive search of the area turned up no other sign of her.
Debra left more valuable items behind in a safe deposit box. Her blue two-door 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo disappeared with her and has never been located. It has the Arkansas license plate number WWC696 and the vehicle identification number (VIN) 1Z37KAR452303.
Gerald is the last person known to have seen Debra and he is considered a person of interest in her disappearance. He has not been charged, however.
Bowling believes Debra and her car may be in Greers Ferry Lake. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Cleburne County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Sun Times
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October 12, 2004. November 26, 2011; middle name and picture added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.