Donna Jean Michalenko
Michalenko, approximately 1968
Date reported missing : 11/02/1968
Missing location (approx) :
Kief, North Dakota
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 125 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Michalenko was last seen in Kief, North Dakota on November 2, 1968. She and a male friend went to a bar and stayed until midnight. Her friend said he dropped her off at her in Butte, North Dakota, at the home of her ex-husband and three children. She has never been heard from again.
Michalenko had a history of leaving town voluntarily for extended time periods. As a result, she was not reported missing until December 27, six weeks after she was last seen. Her daughter filed the report.
Foul play is now suspected in her case, but it remains unsolved and few details are available.
Other information and links : ncy
McLean County Sheriff's Office
North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation
September 2021 updates and sources
Porchlight International for the Missing and Unidentified
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October 12, 2004. August 5, 2012; date of disappearance corrected, middle name added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.