Viola Marie Findley
Findley, approximately 1983; Age when reported missing: 62 (approximately 2016)
Date reported missing : 09/06/1983
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/17/1954 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'5, 175 - 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. One of Findley's front teeth is broken horizontally.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Findley was last seen in Bunnell, Florida on September 6, 1983. She lived in Waterloo, Iowa at the time of her disappearance, but was visiting family and friends in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. She briefly met with her sister during that time period and said she needed money to get a bus ticket to go back home to Iowa, where she had three young children. She never arrived in Iowa and has never been heard from again, and it's not clear she ever left Florida.
At the time of Findley's disappearance, her mother lived on Old Samsula Road in Port Orange, Florida. Her mother was out of state at the time, but Findley wasn't aware of this and may have gone to her home to see her. In June 2021, authorities conducted a dig behind a home on Old Samsula Road, looking for evidence in Findley's case.
Findley had no prior history of legal trouble or instability, and her loved ones don't believe she would have ever abandoned her children. The children were placed in foster care after her disappearance. Findley's mother had a presumptive death certificate issued for her in 1995, but her remains have never been found and her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Daytona Beach Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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