Deanna Marie Joy
Joy, approximately 1994
Date reported missing : 07/01/1994
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 03/12/1973 (48)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 125 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Joy has scars on her abdomen, upper right arm and left knee; one of those scars is cross-shaped.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Joy was last seen in Maplewood, Minnesota at 6:00 p.m. on July 1, 1994. She told a friend she was going to meet with a new male acquaintance who would show her a car she was considering buying. She has never been heard from again.
Joy was born and raised on the East Coast of the U.S. She lived with her aunt and other relatives in New Jersey after her mother died when she was thirteen. At the time of her disappearance, Joy lived alone and her toddler son lived with his father. She worked as a convenience store clerk up until about two weeks before she vanished.
Authorities stated they believed she'd left of her own accord, possibly to go back to the East Coast, but her aunt doubted this theory. Joy's aunt stated her niece left money behind in a trust fund and never touched it. She also left $350 in her checking account and all her belongings, including her two pet cats, behind at her apartment; only her keys were missing.
The circumstances of Joy's disappearance are unclear; her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Maplewood Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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October 12, 2004. September 28, 2018; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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