Patricia Lee Hesse
Hesse at the time of her high school graduation (approximately 18 years old, sixteen years prior to her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable)
Date and time person was reported missing : 11/09/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 34 years old
Height / Weight : 5'1, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a long gray summer trench coat and carrying a black pocketbook with a shoulder strap.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Hesse's hair was long at the time of her disappearance. Her nickname is Patti.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hesse was last seen shopping at the now-defunct Rutland Mall in Rutland, Vermont on the afternoon of November 9, 1981. She bought a fur coat at a store there and paid $200 for it. This is the last time anyone saw her.
She lived in a rented apartment in a house on Davis Street, and that evening her landlady noticed there was food burning on the stove, and more food, prepared for a meal, sitting next to the stove. The table was set for dinner, but there was no sign of Hesse and she has never been heard from again. Nothing appeared to be missing, and the fur coat she'd just bought was hanging in her closet.
According to Hesse's sister, Hesse only worked for a few months after she graduated from college, and lived with her parents most of the time. She moved out of her parents' home after her mother died three years prior to her disappearance. Hesse's sister said she was distraught over the death of her boyfriend, who had died by suicide in the early 1970s. Her case remains unsolved.
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Rutland Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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