Patrece Lashelle Alston
Alston, approximately 1998; Lucious Boyd
Date reported missing : 06/23/1998
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/06/1979 (42)
Age at the time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 123 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Alston's nickname is Trece. She has a tattoo on her abdomen and a tattoo on her right shoulder. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies spell her name "PatEthnicity : ."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Alston was last seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 23, 1998. She got into a green Mazda 62 with Lucious Boyd, who sat in the passenger seat and let Alston drive. The car belonged to Boyd's girlfriend.
Boyd and Alston were planning to go to Winter Haven, Florida, 200 miles away. Alston stated she planned to return the same day, and she did not pack any clothes or personal belongings. Boyd returned several days later, but Alston was not with him and she has never been heard from again. Boyd said she met two other men on the trip, and went away with them.
Boyd was a known crack cocaine addict with violent tendencies in the 1990s. A photograph of him is posted with this case summary. He was charged in the 1993 death of a male acquaintance, but pleaded self defense and was acquitted. He was also charged with and acquitted of rape twice.
Boyd convicted of the 1998 murder of Dawnia DaCosta after Alston's disappearance, and sentenced to die. He is presently incarcerated on Florida's death row. He is a suspected serial killer and authorities believe he may be involved in as many as ten unsolved disappearances and murders, including the 1999 disappearance of Danielle Zacot. He has not been charged in any other disappearances or deaths, however.
Alston and Boyd knew one another and socialized occasionally, but did not date. Alston is a high school dropout, lived with her sister and helped care for her sister's children in 1998. She is described as an outgoing young woman. Her disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Broward-Palm Beach News Times
The Miami Herald
Florida Department of Corrections
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