Joan Vanessa Mason
Mason, approximate photo date 1983
Missing since: 04/25/1983
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Age at time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight: 5'4, 120 pounds
Other characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Mason's nickname is Jo Ann. Her ears are pierced.
Details at time of disappearance: Mason was last seen in Highland, Michigan on April 25, 1983. She went for a walk to the corner store, never returned and has never been heard from again. She was attending college at the time of her disappearance, and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning or abandon her son, whom she was devoted to.
A witness reported seeing a man approaching Mason near the store, but the man has never been identified. She did have an abusive former boyfriend shortly before her disappearance, he had kidnapped her and beaten her so badly she had to be hospitalized.
Mason's ex-boyfriend has never been named as a suspect in her case, however, and her disappearance remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Highland Park Police Department
Other information: NamUs
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated July 20, 2018 details of disappearance updated.