Patricia Elaine Thomas-Wardell
Thomas-Wardell, approximately 1970
Date and time person was reported missing : 07/17/1970
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 07/19/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Thomas-Wardell's ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Thomas-Wardell was last seen in Houston, Texas on July 17, 1970, two days before her eighteenth birthday. She was was attending Durham Business College downtown and was last seen at the bus stop on the corner of Bennington and Hirsch Road, on her way home from her day's classes. She never arrived at her residence in the 4100 block of Corio and has never been heard from again.
Thomas-Wardell left behind a daughter, who was a year old at the time of her disappearance. She worked at a discount store, and never picked up her last paycheck; it was eventually claimed by her husband. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Houston Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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