Case Information

Missing
Ruth
Purcell
Dorsey
August 17, 1974 07:07
01/23/2010
69 to years old
Unknown DOB
White
Female
64.0
105.0

Circumstances

Opelika
Alabama
Lee
Dorsey was last seen on August 17, 1974 in Opelika, Alabama. She visited the Spring Villa Grocery between 16.30 and 17.00 and got gasoline for her car, a 1972 Ford Galaxy. Dorsey told the gas station attendant that a relative had called her and she was going to pick the person up.

One of Dorsey's neighbors reported seeing her turn into her driveway at 18.00. She has not been seen since. She was reported missing after she failed to arrive at church the next day.

When authorities went to Dorsey's home on Route 1 in Opelika, they found the front door open and a side door unlocked. Laundry was hanging on the outside clothesline, Dorsey's Bible and Sunday School teaching materials were laid out on the table, and her bed did not appear to have been slept in. Her three dogs were found in the bathroom.

Dorsey's car was found in downtown Opelika near the First Baptist Church after her disappearance. The keys were in the ignition and her eyeglasses and purse were on the front seat. Nothing appeared to be missing from the purse and it contained $11 in cash. There have been no withdrawals from Dorsey's account since she disappeared.

Physical

Brown
Light Brown
Gray
Gray


Medical

Clothing and Accessories


flowered blouse and a long brown skirt or pants.

Transportation Methods

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Investigating Agency

800-239-7072
http://www.leecountysheriff.org/
Lee County Sheriff’s Department
Alabama

334-705-5220
Opelika Police Department
Alabama

Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Faye
Hester
334-353-0661

Regional Administrator

Michael
Nance
Michael.Nance@unthsc.edu
918-527-0080