Denise Holly Dorfman
Dorfman, approximately 1980
Date reported missing : 02/09/1980
Missing location (approx) :
San Francisco, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/28/1951 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 100 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A rust-colored corduroy jacket, blue jeans and sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Dorfman wore large-framed eyeglasses at the time of her 1980 disappearance. She has a mole on the back of her neck. She smokes cigarettes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Dorfman was last seen in San Francisco, California on February 9, 1980. She was a student at the University of San Francisco at the time of her disappearance, and had a job with the university as well. She was reported missing after she didn't show up for her job.
On February 12, the secretary of Employee Relations at the university got a call from someone who claimed to be Dorfman and said they were taking a leave of absence. She has never been heard from again and this it's unclear whether it was actually her that called the university. Her apartment at Lake Street and 22nd Avenue was discovered unlocked, with the lights on, and Dorfman's purse and money inside. There was no indication of forced entry or a struggle.
At the time of Dorfman's disappearance, she was an artist, a concert pianist and an accomplished dancer. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
San Francisco Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Doe Network
The Los Angeles Times
The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Foghorn
October 12, 2004. June 12, 2020; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.