Whitney Nicole Sanders
Sanders, approximately 2013
Date reported missing : 09/20/2013
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/28/1992 (28)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 220 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Sanders's nicknames are Nicky and Buttercup. She has a tattoo of her nickname "Buttercup" across her chest, a tattoo of the letters "FSL" on her leg and a tattoo of the name "Wanda" on her lower back.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sanders was last seen leaving Kelly's Place, a restaurant in the 1300 block of King's Road in Jacksonville, Florida, at 1:30 a.m. on September 20, 2013. She went to the restaurant with a friend, then left alone at 1:30 a.m. to go across the street to the Exxon gas station. She never returned.
Her friend got a missed call from her at 5:00 a.m. She has never been heard from again. Sanders lived in the 4100 block of Fairfax Street at the time of her disappearance. Although she has a history of prostitution-related arrests, it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.
A month before her disappearance, Sanders was robbed and beaten. The police had not arrested a suspect in the robbery by the time she vanished; they were still waiting on DNA testing and phone records. Sanders's mother believes whoever robbed her might have been involved in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
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