Sylvia Helen Carlson
Carlson, approximately 1977
Date reported missing : 12/12/1977
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Monica, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/21/1938 (83)
Age at the time of disappearance: 39 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A red dress, a maroon sweater, brown sandals and possibly a few silver rings.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Carlson has scars on her back and on her side, near her right kidney. Her left wrist was previously broken and a pin was surgically inserted to repair the bone.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Carlson was last seen in Santa Monica, California on December 12, 1977. She was driving a two-door brown 1977 Ford Thunderbird with the California license plate number 893RXB. She has never been heard from again.
On January 4, 1978, Carlson's vehicle was found parked in the 1900 block of Penmar Avenue in Venice, California. Witnesses said it had been there since mid-December. Few details are available in her disappearance.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Monica Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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October 12, 2004. January 14, 2016; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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