Lorraine Judith Chance
Chance, approximately 1948
Date and time person was reported missing : 01/03/1948
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Cruz, California
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 4'11 - 5'1, 95 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Unknown, but she usually wears high heels.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Chance's maiden name is Barrie and some accounts refer to her as Lorraine Barrie-Chance. Her nickname is Lee. She has protruding teeth and wears a size 3.5 shoe.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Chance disappeared on January 3, 1948. That day she left her only child with a babysitter in Santa Cruz, California and said she'd return in a couple of hours, but she never came back to get her. She lived on Riverside Avenue in Santa Clara, California at the time.
Chance applied for death benefits for her husband from Veterans Affairs on March 28, 1948; he'd been in the Navy and had died in an accident in November 1947. Her application was approved in August of that year, but by then she had moved without leaving a forwarding address. She never collected any benefits and there's been no indication of her whereabouts since 1948.
Sacramento, California police are investigating.
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Sacramento Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
On the Off Chance
The Doe Network
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