Richardson, approximately 1995; William Darrell Lindsey
Date reported missing : 10/20/1995
Missing location (approx) :
St. Augustine, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/23/1947 (73)
Age at the time of disappearance: 47 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light-colored shirt, blue jeans and dirty white sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Richardson has a bridge across the front of her mouth where several teeth should have been, a scar on her left cheek and a plastic replacement left cheekbone; she injured her face and teeth in an accident and had reconstructive surgery afterwards. She also has a scar on her abdomen. Richardson may the first names Barbara and/or Jade, and some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies give her first name as Diane.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Richardson was last seen on Chapin Street in St. Augustine, Florida on October 20, 1995. She has never been heard from again. She was reported missing by her son.
In 1999, the serial killer William Darrell Lindsey Sr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Richardson's case. A photograph of Lindsey is posted with this case summary. He led police to a three-acre, alligator-filled pit near Murray Middle School in St. Augustine, saying he had put Richardson's body there. Police could not find her remains, but they had enough evidence to prove he had killed her.
Lindsey also pleaded guilty to the murder of Donetha Snead, whose body has also never been found, and to four other murders. He died in prison in 2015.
Richardson is a native of California. Like all of Lindsey's victims, she was involved with drugs and prostitution, but it is extremely out of character for her to leave without contacting her friends and family. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.
Other information and links : ncy
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Doe Network
The St. Augustine Record
Serial Killer Timelines
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
Florida Department of Corrections
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6 October 12, 2004. March 6, 2019; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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