Irene E. Van Buren
Van Buren, approximately 1978
Date reported missing : 10/10/1978
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/23/1903 (118)
Age at the time of disappearance: 75 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Gray hair, gray eyes. Van Buren has had one breast surgically removed.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Van Buren was last seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida sometime in mid-October 1978. She has never been heard from again. Although she apparently didn't leave in her vehicle, after her disappearance, her car, a gold and black 1968 Plymouth Fury with the Florida license plate numberÂ 10-3799, could not be located.
Until the month she disappeared, Van Buren lived in the 1400 block of southwest 30th Street with her sister-in-law, an invalid she was caring for. In October 1978, the house was sold and Van Buren's sister-in-law moved in with a relative. Van Buren planned to find another place to live.
Between September 21 and October 15, 1978, $13,000 in checks were written on Van Buren's bank account; her signature on the checks was later determined to be forged. At about the same time, $20,000 was taken from the bank account of Van Buren's close friend and neighbor, who has not been publicly identified.
Van Buren wasn't reported missing for several months; her neighbors eventually contacted the police after an extensive time period passed without them having heard from her. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.
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Fort Lauderdale Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Fort Lauderdale News
October 12, 2004. January 14, 2019; middle initial added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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