Terrill Suzanne Girard
Girard, approximately 2002
Date reported missing : 01/03/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Girard disappeared from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 3, 2002. Her vehicle was discovered several hours afterwards, stuck in a drainAge at the time of disappearance: ditch in a marshy area near remote farmland in Miami, Florida.
In 2009, skeletal remains were found about 200 meters from the site where the car was located. The clothes and personal effects matched Girard, but police were unable to get DNA samples from her children until they became adults. Girard's remains were identified through DNA in 2018.
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Margate Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Rino Kids Online
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Amy Derewitz and Terry Girard: Missing
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
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The South Florida Sun Sentinel
Selma Funeral Home
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Interactive Missing Person Search Map