Kathy L. Portelli
Portelli, approximate photo date 1998
Missing since: 07/21/1998
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 11/26/1954 (65)
Age at time of disappearance: 43 years old
Height / Weight: 5'2, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A t-shirt and jeans.
Medical Conditions Portelli is addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. She suffers from depression and has been suicidal in the past. She is classified as disabled.
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Portelli has a scar on her neck and scars on both wrists. Her maiden name is Rigsby. She has previously had her jaw broken in two places and had permanent plates inserted to repair the injury.
Details at time of disappearance: Portelli was last seen leaving a Circles of Care drug treatment facility in Melbourne, Florida on July 21, 1998. She was addicted to drugs and alcohol and had turned to prostitution to support her habit, but she still kept in touch with her family. Her mother contacted the police on August 3, to report that she hadn't heard from Portelli and she hadn't collected her Social Security disability checks for two months.
After her disappearance, her Social Security card was found at his home in Cocoa, Florida he said she'd left it there before her disappearance. When he tried calling her pager, he got a call back from a man who said he'd found the pager in Cocoa. The man wouldn't provide any additional information, however.
Portelli's relationship with her former husband was violent and they were in a custody battle over their son, who was in foster care while Portelli's daughters lived with her parents. Her ex-husband denies any involvement in her disappearance, however, and he has not been named as a suspect. Her case remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Melbourne Police Department
Other information: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated June 25, 2019