Wilma Rae Vermaas
Vermaas, approximately 1976
Date and time person was reported missing : 04/03/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Los Angeles, California
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/24/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3 - 5'5, 105 - 115 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Vermaas has a large surgical scar on her left knee and a discoloration on her abdomen. Her ears are pierced, both her upper front teeth are false, and one of her lower front teeth is a baby tooth and smaller than the others. Her maiden name is Swanson.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Vermaas was last seen in western Los Angeles, California on April 3, 1976. Her loved ones stated when they tried to get in touch with her, her husband at first claimed she was out, then finally admitted he didn't know where she was. She has never been heard from again. Few details are available in Vermaas's case.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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