Susan Elaine Earls
Earls, approximately 1977
Date reported missing : 10/21/1977
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 11/27/1958 (62)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 4'11, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white sweater, an orange shirt, blue denim gauchos and sandals. Carrying a brown shoulder purse.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Earls has pierced ears.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Earls was last seen getting into a white van outside a convenience store on Forest City Road in Orlando, Florida shortly after midnight on October 21, 1977. Her boyfriend saw her and said the van drove off east on Lake Road. She has never been heard from again.
Earls lived with her mother and three younger brothers at the time of her disappearance. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning, and her loved ones and the police don't believe she ran away. Foul play is suspected in her case, but few details are available.
Other information and links : ncy
Orange County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. March 17, 2018; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : updated.
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