Joanne Elaine Coughlin
Coughlin, approximate photo date 1974
Missing since: 12/27/1974
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 06/24/1953 (66)
Age at time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight: 5'5 - 5'8, 120 - 140 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A green leather jacket, a black shirt, a blue tie, blue jeans and tan shoes.
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown/green eyes. Coughlin may wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Details at time of disappearance: Coughlin was last seen in Youngstown, Ohio on December 27, 1974, when she supposedly went to the European Health Spa on Boardman-Canfield Road. She had plans to meet her boyfriend at his home on Indianola Avenue later that night, but never arrived and has never been heard from again.
Coughlin's niece doesn't believe she was ever at the spa that day. She claims the signature on the sign-in sheet doesn't match Coughlin's handwriting and that nobody actually saw her at the facility.
The same day she disappeared, Coughlin wrote a check for her latest life insurance premium. She didn't take any money from her bank accounts, and nothing was
Missing From her home on Ohio Avenue. Her 1968 Ford Fairlane with the license plate number H4482G vanished with her, however, and has never been located.
Coughlin lived in 1400 block of Ohio Avenue at the time of her disappearance and was an aspiring actress she was majoring in theater at Youngstown State University and performed at the Youngstown Playhouse.
She was declared legally dead in 1985. Authorities theorize she was robbed and murdered and her car, with the body inside, was disposed of in a quarry in Pennsylvania. Her case remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Youngstown Police Department
Other information: The Vindicator
Unsolved in the News
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated March 21, 2019 details of disappearance updated.