Yolanda Evette Gooch
Gooch, approximately 1989 (approximately 10 years prior to her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable)
Date reported missing : 12/26/1999
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/19/1964 (57)
Age at the time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A plaid shirt, blue jeans, a cap and black shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Gooch's ears are pierced three times each. Her nickname is Vette (may be spelled "Vet").
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gooch was last seen in Marshall, Texas on December 26, 1999. She was carrying two suitcases with her at the time. She has never been seen again.
Gooch may have traveled to Chicago, Illinois, over 850 miles northeast of Marshall. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unclear.
Other information and links : ncy
Harrison County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
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