Denise Marie Sheehy
Denise, approximately 1970; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 58 (approximately 2012)
Date reported missing : 07/07/1970
Missing location (approx) :
Queens, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 02/20/1954 (67)
Age at the time of disappearance: 16 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 103 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue shorts size XS, a red and white top, white clog sandals size 5 1/2, a gold boys' school ring and a gold ring with her initials "DS."
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Denise's ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Denise was last seen leaving her family's residence at the Mets apartment complex in the 4800 block of 46th Street in the Woodside neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens on July 7, 1970. This date happened to be her sister's nineteenth birthday.
Denise and her mother had argued at dinner because her mother thought Denise had been drinking alcohol. She left the house angrily and without taking any personal belongings. A neighbor saw her climb over a fence behind the building and leave the complex via an adjacent Mets building. She never returned home and has not been heard from again.
Denise's boyfriend was visiting relatives in Pennsylvania when she disappeared, but he came home to assist with the search. The police have ruled him out as a suspect in her case, and her family doesn't think he was involved either.
Denise's father is dead, but her mother and sister are still alive and hope she will be located. She has never been declared legally dead. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Doe Network
New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
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The New York Daily News
Whereabouts Still Unknown
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. November 16, 2018; picture added.