Diana Jane Braungardt
Braungardt, approximate photo date 1987 Sketch of suspect
Missing since: 03/11/1987
Crystal City, Missouri
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 01/31/1969 (51)
Age at time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight: 5'6 - 5'7, 108 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A Venture smock, a white shirt with colored print, bright turquoise pants, a short black boys' coat and brown loafers. Carrying an off-white cloth purse.
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Braungardt has three small scars on her forehead, a V-shaped scar above the right corner of her mouth, and pierced ears.
Details at time of disappearance: Braungardt was last seen on March 11, 1987 in Crystal City, Missouri, leaving the now-defunct Venture store in the Twin City Mall. where she was employed part-time as a clerk. She finished her shift at 10:00 p.m. and was walking to the parking lot, where her family's yellow 1982 Ford Escort was parked.
Braungardt, a senior at Festus High School, had told coworkers she needed to get home and study for a test. She never arrived home that evening and has not been seen again. The vehicle was located later in the parking lot, but there was no trace of Braungardt. Authorities don't believe she ever made it to her car.
Witnesses saw a man talking to Braungardt in the store parking lot before she disappeared. He's described as Caucasian, in his early twenties, about 5'10 tall with brown or black hair and a medium build. A sketch of the man is posted with this case summary he has never been identified.
Braungardt did not have a boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. Her father was a pastor at the First United Methodist Church in 1987, and the family lived in the 800 block of west Main Street. There have been no leads in her disappearance and her case remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Crystal City Police Department
Other information: Vanished Children's Alliance
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Doe Network
The Springfield News-Leader
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated April 29, 2019 distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry description updated.