Rebecca Ann Crist
Crist, approximately 1988
Date and time person was reported missing : 05/03/1988
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/30/1962 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 115 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gray jacket, a pink blouse and blue jeans.
Medical conditions : Crist may have been up to three months pregnant at the time of her disappearance, but this hasn't been confirmed.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Crist goes by her middle name, Ann.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Crist was last seen shortly after lunchtime on May 3, 1988 after she left her apartment on west Beverley Street in Staunton, Virginia. She was at home with her sister when she got a phone call, had a short conversation, and asked her sister to babysit her two-year-old son while she went out for a few minutes.
She was last seen walking westbound on west Beverly Street. She never returned and has never been heard from again.
The phone in Crist's apartment rang at about midnight the day she vanished, and Crist's mother answered, but the caller didn't say anything and the line went dead. Her family reported her missing on May 7.
In 1991, a handyman in Staunton sent a letter to Crist's family in which he confessed to accidentally killing her and disposing of her body in a landfill. Investigators were never able to verify his confession, but he remains a suspect in Crist's disappearance. He is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.
An acquaintance and former neighbor of Crist's, Raymond Fauber, disappeared a few months after she did. Fauber was a retired postal worker. In 1991, his body was recovered from the basement of his home in the 300 block of Fayette Street; he'd been shot by his son-in-law, Robert Asbury, who was ultimately sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Cadaver dogs at the property followed a scent to the end of the paved driveway, leading police to theorize there was another body buried on the property. In the end, they decided not to search it, however.
Authorities don't believe Fauber's murder and Crist's disappearance are connected, and noted that his driveway had been paved several years before Crist disappeared. They also offered Asbury a plea deal where, if he confessed to Crist's murder, he would serve no additional prison time in her death; he maintained his innocence in her case.
Investigators are not certain what happened to Crist. She was well-liked in the community and had no known enemies, nor had she mentioned feeling unsafe or unhappy with her life prior to her disappearance.
She had dropped out of high school, didn't own a car or have a driver's license, and was on public assistance at the time of her disappearance, but she hadn't gotten in trouble with the law, didn't drink or smoke and didn't associate with people who did. Her sister stated she was very interested in police work and had a scanner and a scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings about the local police department.
At the time she vanished, it was believed Crist left of her own accord, but it would be highly unusual for her to have stayed out of contact with her family for so long. She also left her wallet behind, and she'd paid her rent a month in advance the day before she went missing.
She is described as a devoted parent who would not have willingly abandoned her son. She disappeared the day before she was due to appear in court for a paternity hearing about her son. Crist's parents are dead, but her sister and her son are still alive.
Crist's case remains unsolved; she is missing under unknown circumstances.
Other information and links : ncy
Staunton Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Staunton News Leader
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