Elizabeth Maryrose Mathews
Mathews, approximately 1998
Date reported missing : 02/21/1998
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 11/24/1949 (71)
Age at the time of disappearance: 48 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light blue Patagonia jacket with a dark-colored fleece liner, dark-colored jeans, white sneakers, a gold watch, an engAge at the time of disappearance: ment ring and a wedding ring. Carrying a dark blue backpack.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Mathews has surgical scars on both of her knees and a discoloration on her back. Her ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Mathews was last seen leaving her residence on Kingswood Way at the base of Mount Elden in Flagstaff, Arizona, at approximately 2:00 p.m. on February 21, 1998. She was planning to take a hike in Verde Valley. She never returned home and has not been seen again.
Just before her disappearance, Mathews and her husband had visited Utah to look at retirement possibilities. She was employed as a geologist with the Forest Service at the time of her disappearance.
Mathews may be in California. There is no indication of foul play in her disappearance, but it's unclear what happened to her.
Other information and links : ncy
Flagstaff Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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