Debra Marie Horgan
Horgan, approximately 1997; Horgan's car
Date reported missing : 04/29/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/27/1957 (63)
Age at the time of disappearance: 39 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3 - 5'6, 110 - 120 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Horgan's maiden name is King. She has a mole on her left cheek and a scar on her right leg.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Horgan was last seen on April 29, 1997 at the Budget 8 Motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had been hired for a job, but never showed up for work.
On June 21, almost two months later, her white 1976 Ford Thunderbird was found on the west side of Albuquerque at Fortuna Road and west Coors Boulevard, abandoned and vandalized; it looked like it had been in an accident. A photograph of the car as it was found is posted with this case summary. Clothing, bags, sneakers, and broken glass was scattered all over the back seat and floorboards.
Horgan has never been heard from again. Her mother claims that, two weeks prior to her disappearance, Horgan's boyfriend raped and beat her badly enough to put her in the hospital. No charges were filed in the incident and it's unclear whether it's related to her later disappearance.
Horgan has lived in Memphis, Tennessee and Jackson and Tupelo, Mississippi. She has previously worked as a cook and waitress for schools and restaurants. She left behind two children when she went missing, as well as a husband; her husband died in September of 1997. Horgan's case remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
Albuquerque Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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