Case Information

Missing
Simone
Stephanie
Ridinger
1060967
September 02, 1977 15:00
08/31/2009
17 to 17 years old
Unknown DOB
White
Female
62.0
120.0

Circumstances

Natick
Massachusetts
01760
Middlesex
Simone Ridinger was last seen when she left her place of employment, the Rainbow Restaurant 9 South Main Street in Natick, MA around 3PM on Friday, 9/2/1977. She had planned to hitchhike from work to Cape Cod, MA and then take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard where she was to meet her mother for Labor Day Weekend. In 1986 a man came forward after seeing an article in the paper about Simone's case. The man claimed that on Saturday, 9/3/77, around 6:45 AM he was pulled over by a Trooper on Route 128 (Route 95) just south of Route 109 (Westwood, MA area). The man stated he was heading to Osterville (on Cape Cod) to pick up clock parts. This man claimed the trooper had a girl in his cruiser and upon learning he was heading to Cape Cod asked if he could give the girl a ride there as well since she was headed there too. The man agreed to drive her and claimed he dropped her off at the airport rotary in Hyannis (just off Route 28). The man provided a description of the girl which was "16-18 yrs old, 5'7", 135-140 lbs, medium build with dark blonde curly hair. She was wearing blue jeans, grubby white sneakers a blue pull over blouse and was carrying a small grayish duffel bag. In 2016 after a couple years of follow-up investigation a five former co-workers of Simone's were located and interviewed for the first time. One of them was confirmed to have been working with Simone at the Rainbow Restaurant back on Friday, 9/2/77. During her interview she provide a description of what she recalled Simone wearing when she left; "She changed out of her waitress uniform and put on blue jeans, white high-top sneakers, and had a white t-shirt on. She put the waitress uniform (a blue pullover vest and blue skirt) into a small gray army style duffel bag and immediately started thumbing for a ride." This woman stated that many of the waitresses brought a change of clothes because they all hated the uniform. She also stated that she recalled Simone telling her she was going to meet her mom on the Vineyard. Let it be noted that the description from the man in 1986 was never made public until 2017. This former co-worker had never seen his description and did not know him in anyway. Their descriptions are very similar and indicate strongly that this man did see Simone on Saturday 9/3/77. Follow-up into this man's story has been ongoing since 2014 when this case was re-opened.

Physical

Blond/Strawberry
Brown
Brown


Simone has a mole on her back.

Medical

Clothing and Accessories


Blue jeans, white t-shirt
White high-top sneakers
Silver and turquoise necklace, silver spoon rings
None
Small gray duffel bag which contained the Rainbow Restaurant waitress uniform; a blue pull over vest and blue skirt

Transportation Methods

Simone planned to hitchhike to Cape Cod then take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard to meet her mom for Labor Day weekend.

Dental

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DNA

Guidelines for Collection of DNA
Sample submitted - Tests complete

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Investigating Agency

Detective
J
Godinho
(508) 653-2424
775565
Local
Sherborn Police Department
17 Washington Street
Sherborn
Massachusetts
01770

Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Helen
Felch
703-224-2150

Regional Administrator

Brenda
Galarza
namus@ncmec.org
703-837-6276