Korrina Lynne Sagers Malinoski
Korrina, approximate photo date 1987
Missing since: 11/20/1987
Mount Holly, South Carolina
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Age at time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight: Unknown
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Korrina's nickname is Kory.
Details at time of disappearance: Korrina was last seen driving out of Mount Holly Plantation towards Highway 52 in Mount Holly, South Carolina between 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. on November 21, 1987. She had worked at a convenience store in Summerville, South Carolina for about six months prior to her disappearance.
After she missed work the next morning, Korrina's boss went looking for her and found her car parked at the entrance to the plantation, where her husband, Thomas Steven "Steve" Malinoski, was the caretaker. The family lived in a cabin on the property, which encompassed 6,000 acres. There was no sign of Korrina at the scene and an extensive search turned up no indication of her whereabouts. She has never been heard from again.
Korrina married Steve in 1981 and they had two sons. It was Steve's third marriage and according to one of the couple's sons, Korrina and Steve fought frequently and sometimes their fights became violent. On the day of her disappearance, according to Steve, she left home after another argument and never returned.
Korrina's eleven-year-old daughter, Annette Sagers, disappeared from the bus stop in front of Mount Holly Plantation on October 4, 1988, nearly a year after her mother. Her stepfather discovered a penciled note addressed to him saying, "Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug." Handwriting experts determined that the note was written by Annette. No one saw anyone pick her up.
Authorities don't know whether Korrina did in fact return for her daughter or whether Annette wrote the note under duress. Some theorize that Annette knew something about her mother's disappearance and was silenced, but there is no evidence to support any theory. Korrina has relatives living in Iowa, whom she was very close to, but none of them have heard from her since she disappeared.
Steve moved to Florida several months after Annette's disappearance, giving up his rights to his two sons by Korrina. The boys were sent into foster care but were eventually adopted. Steve maintains his innocence in both cases. In 2000, an anonymous caller directed police to search for a body in Sumter County. Investigators took a cadaver-sniffing dog to the location, but found no sign of any remains.
Annette's case is classified as a non-family abduction due to the lack of evidence regarding her and her mother's fates. Both cases remain unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Charleston Post and Courier
The Charlotte Observer
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Missing: Korrina Malinoski and Annette Sagers | DARK MATTERS #24
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated December 1, 2018 details of disappearance updated.