Virginia Lynne Beach
Beach, approximately 2000; John Wayne Boyer
Date and time person was reported missing : 10/17/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Wilmington, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Height / Weight : 4'11 - 5'1, 90 - 105 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Beach has a mole on the left side of her chin, and a mole on her upper chest/neck area.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Beach was last seen in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina on October 17, 2000. She was a prostitute, and disappeared at the same time as four other prostitutes from the same area. Three of the other missing people were found murdered and dumped in remote areas in Wilmington and out of state. Authorities believe they were victims of the serial killer John Wayne Boyer, a long-distance truck driver who targeted prostitutes throughout the southeastern United States.
A photo of Boyer is posted below with case summary. In 2003, he was convicted of killing a Wilmington woman. He was later convicted of murdering a Tennessee woman, and admitted to dumping victims' remains off Interstate 20 in South Carolina. Investigators think he could have been murdering women since as early as 1989.
Beach has never been located, and Boyer has not been charged in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Wilmington Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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