Kimberly Marie Blackburn
Blackburn, approximate photo date 1983
Missing since: 05/29/1983
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 08/23/1958 (61)
Age at time of disappearance: 34 years old
Height / Weight: 5'5, 115 - 125 pounds
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Blackburn's nickname is Kim. She also uses the street names Bad Beaver, Rosana and Rosie. She has a small tattoo of a rose on her hip and another, unknown tattoo on her shoulder. Her right eye has a coloboma, also known as a keyhole pupil. Blackburn has scars on her shins and chemical burn scars on her buttocks.
Details at time of disappearance: Blackburn was last seen in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 29, 1983. She left her parents' home and never returned. On July 17, she called a friend from a truck stop in Arkansas and said she was returning to Indiana. It's unclear whether she ever arrived there she has never been heard from again.
Blackburn's life prior to her disappearance was very troubled. She had been arrested for drug- and alcohol-related offenses as well as theft, disorderly conduct, trespassing and prostitution, and had been treated for advanced venereal disease. Her last arrest was for prostitution, on April 4. She liked to frequent truck stops and would use CB (citizens band) radio to contact drivers. She handed out business cards giving her occupation as "public relations."
She had left home before for extended time periods, but she'd never been gone for this long. She told her mother, "If you don't hear from me before or on Daddy's birthday, something's wrong." On her father's birthday on October 23, 1983, all of Blackburn's five siblings called him, but she did not.
After Blackburn's disappearance, there were rumors that she had died of cancer in a Wisconsin hospital. The stories could not be confirmed and she had shown no indications of having cancer prior to her disappearance. Her parents have died in the years since her disappearance, but her siblings are still alive and hope for answers in her case.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Indianapolis Police Department
Other information: NamUs
Indiana Missing Persons Bulletin
The Indianapolis Star
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated November 30, 2018 distinguishing characteristics updated.