Teresa Joanna GossAge at the time of disappearance:
Teresa, approximately 1976
Date reported missing : 10/09/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 105 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A brown and white shirt, a brown jacket, white jeans and sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Teresa's nickname is TC.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Teresa was last seen with Alfred Hoffman Marshal on October 9, 1976. They were students at Waynesville High School, and both were the children of officers at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base. They left on a date in Alfred's car at 7:30 p.m. They never returned and have never been heard from again.
The following day, their car was found locked and abandoned on a side road in an isolated area of Fort Leonard Wood. In spite of the freezing weather, Alfred's jacket was found in the backseat of the vehicle. His hairbrush, which he never went anywhere without, was in the console. There was no evidence of foul play.
Although investigators initially thought the pair had run away, Alfred and Teresa's loved ones didn't believe this. Teresa was a good student and a member of the school's band; the band had won a district contest qualifying it to compete in a state competition, and Teresa was excited about it.
In January 1977, three teenAge at the time of disappearance: rs were murdered at Fort Leonard Wood while out on a double date. Johnny Lee Thornton, a military police officer, pulled them over as they crossed into the fort, shot the boys to death, Gender : ually assaulted the girls, shot them also, and dumped the four bodies. One girl from the group survived by playing dead. She walked for six miles to the nearest house to call for help.
Thornton pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he had multiple personalities, but was convicted and sentenced to three life terms plus twenty years in prison. He is considered a suspect in the disappearances of Alfred and Teresa well. Alfred's car was found abandoned not far from where the murder victims' bodies were dumped.
In spite of the circumstances, however, no evidence has been found to tie Thornton to Alfred and Teresa's disappearances. He remains in federal prison and the cases are still unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command
September 2021 updates and sources
The Waynesville Daily Guide
The Springfield News-Leader
The Daily Capital News
The Houston Herald
October 12, 2004. May 14, 2018; .
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