Patricia Lee Otto
Patricia, approximately 1976; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to an unknown Age at the time of disappearance: by Wesley Neville
Date reported missing : 09/02/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/04/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blond hair, hazel eyes. Patricia's nickname is Patty. She has a scar on her back.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Patricia was last seen in Lewiston, Idaho late in the evening on September 2, 1976. She got into an argument with her husband, Ralph Otto, and left the house angrily. She never returned.
Ralph didn't report her missing; her sister did, on October 8, more than a month after she was last seen. Patricia left behind all her belongings, including her car and her wedding rings, which she normally didn't remove. The rings were found in Ralph's coat pocket, but they have since been lost.
Patricia and Ralph's marriAge at the time of disappearance: was difficult and she had left on her own before. She filed for divorce in the spring of 1976, but later reconciled with her husband. They were fighting at the time of her disappearance because he believed she was unfaithful to him.
Authorities theorize she was murdered, and Ralph is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Less than a year after she vanished, he was convicted of hiring a contract killer to murder the lead investigator in Patricia's disappearance. The verdict was overturned on a technicality in 1981, however. Ralph died of a heart attack a few years later, while in jail on an unrelated charge.
Patricia left behind two young daughters who were raised by their paternal aunt and uncle. One of her daughters is now deceased. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
Lewiston Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Doe Network
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The Lewiston Tribune
October 12, 2004. July 2, 2015; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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