Donetha Laverne Snead
Snead, approximate photo date 1993 William Darrell Lindsey
Missing since: 04/21/1993
St. Augustine, Florida
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 05/26/1960 (60)
Age at time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight: 5'6, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A red blouse with a white pattern, blue jeans and a red head scarf.
Other characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Snead may spell her middle name "Laverne" or use the last name Snead-Haile.
Details at time of disappearance: Snead was last seen in St. Augustine, Florida on April 21, 1993. She has never been heard from again. The serial killer William Darrell Lindsey Sr. pleaded guilty in 1999 to second-degree murder in connection with Snead's case.
A photograph of Lindsey is posted with this case summary. He led police to a three-acre, alligator-filled pit near Murray Middle School in St. Augustine, saying he had put her body there. Police could not find Snead's remains, but they had enough evidence to prove he had killed her. Lindsey also pleaded guilty to the murder of Diana Richardson, whose body has also never been found, and to four other murders. He died in prison in 2015.
Snead's remains have never been located. Like all of Lindsey's victims, she was involved in drugs and prostitution.
Other case information
Agency in charge: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
Other information: The Doe Network
The St. Augustine Record
The Florida Times-Union
Serial Killer Timelines
Florida Department of Corrections
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated March 6, 2019 picture, height, weight and clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.