Deborah Dee Sykes
Skyes, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 02/13/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 01/30/1967 (54)
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 125 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Black jeans, a black coat with a camel embroidered on the sleeve, white sneakers and earrings.
Medical conditions : Sykes suffers from depression and alcoholism. She is in need of medication which she doesn't have with her.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Sykes has previously fractured her right knee and one of her knee joints is artificial. She has a tattoo of a blue heart on her left breast and a tattoo of the Canadian flag on her right hip. Sykes may use the last name Gilchrist. She has broken and discolored teeth.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sykes was last seen in the 7100 block of west Winchester Street in Rathdrum, Idaho on February 13, 2005. Her husband went to the grocery store in the morning while she was still in bed, and when he returned, she was gone. She apparently took off her wedding ring and left her house on foot, leaving her purse and all her belongings behind.
Sykes was distraught at the time she went missing, and she was known for drinking heavily. She doesn't have a serious criminal record, but at the time of her disappearance there was a warrant out for her arrest for writing bad checks. She was close to her family and had a reputation as a street-smart woman who could take care of herself.
Sykes had left on her own in the past, but always returned within a day or two. Her family doesn't believe she would have left for this long without contacting her husband or children. Her case remains unsolved.
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Rathdrum Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation
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