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Etta Mae Kovaly

Missing Person Case September 2021

Kovaly, approximately 1989

Date reported missing : 06/01/1989

Missing location (approx) :
Avondale, Arizona
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 50 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white blouse with a blue design, blue knee-length shorts, a white elastic belt, and sandals. Carrying a beige purse with vertical rainbow stripes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kovaly has a scar on her abdomen extending from her sternum down to her bikini line. Her previous married name was Gorraiz.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Kovaly was last seen by her daughter when they had lunch together in Avondale, Arizona on June 1, 1989. She apparently returned to her home in the 3600 block of south 126th Avenue afterwards. Her husband says he spoke to Kovaly on June 5, but didn't know where she was calling from. She has never been heard from again. Her daughter reported her missing on June 22, after she tried to contact her and was unable to reach her.
Kovaly left behind her checkbook, credit cards and car, and hasn't withdrawn any money from her checking account since her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case.

Other information and links : ncy

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

September 2021 updates and sources

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The Arizona Republic

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