Name: Delores Raye Jones Griffin
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: October 24, 1975
Location Last Seen: Romeoville, Will County, Illinois
Date of Birth: September 18, 1941
Age: 33 years old
Height: 5'4" to 5'5"
Weight: 100 lbs.
Hair Color: Red, shoulder-length.
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Smokes Winston cigarettes. She may have had a broken arm at one time.
Dentals: Not Available. Her teeth were in good condition at the time of her disappearance, though they were stained from drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Fingerprints: Not Available
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Delores Raye Jones Griffin shared a home with her husband and three children in Chicago, Illinois. Her husband was extremely abusive and may have been selling drugs at the time of her disappearance. Griffin was not very social was very protective of her children. She made all of their clothes and rarely left the house, though she did have a job for a short time at WESCOM in Downer's Grove.
On the day of her disappearance, the children arrived home from school to find the doors locked and their mom's 1975 gold Monte Carlo with a creme-colored top gone. The children went over to the neighbor's house to see what was going on, and the neighbors said that they had earlier saw the childrens' father carrying out a large metal trash can and putting it into the trunk of the car.
The father was gone for 22 hours, then came back home covered in mud and acting strangely. When the children asked him where their mother was, he told them to get inside the house. Afterward, he burned all of the clothes he had been wearing that day.
In the following weeks, his behavior became more bizarre. He cried all the time and could not sleep in his own bedroom. He committed suicide six months later. Delores Griffin has never been located.
Agency Name: Romeoville Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Mike Ryan
Agency Phone Number: 815 886 7219
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 75-3621
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 17213
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 5/28/16
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.