Ruth T. Doss
Doss, approximately 1999
Date and time person was reported missing : 06/18/1999
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/23/1925 (95)
Age at the time of disappearance: 73 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 105 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A purple blouse and blue/green pants. Carrying a gray purse.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Doss has metal implants in both of her knees. She has surgical scars on both legs below her knees. She wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Doss was scheduled to have breakfast with two acquaintances at the Denny's restaurant at west Indian School Road and west 51st Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1999. She has never been heard from again.
Her son found her white 1997 Dodge Dakota extended cab pickup truck abandoned in the parking lot of the restaurant shortly after she disappeared. There was no sign of Doss at the scene and she has never been heard from again.
Authorities are not certain whether Doss arrived at the restaurant. She normally called her son several times a day, but he hasn't heard from her since her disappearance. She is described as a kind, trusting individual. Foul play is possible in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
Phoenix Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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