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Case File 15DFID

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Deborah Jean Swanson
Missing since March 29, 1986 from Coeur D'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 30, 1954
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4; 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; green eyes.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Swanson was a special education teacher in Coeur D'Alene, ID when she she disappeared on March 29, 1986. She was last seen at the Tubbs Hill trail entrance. Presumably, Swanson was going to hike or jog on the trail. There was a lot of activity on Tubbs Hill that day. But nothing to show police what happened to Swanson once her students lost sight of her heading up the trail. The last place she was seen may not be where she disappeared.

Police found Swanson's car in a parking lot near Tubbs Hill. Her purse and shopping bags were inside. Keys have not been located. There were no signs of a struggle.

She was due at a friend's house the next day for Easter dinner. The food she was supposed to bring was found, still wrapped in her refrigerator. On Monday, she failed to show up for work at Sorensen Elementary School.
Law enforcement used every means necessary -- including infrared, dogs, helicopters and divers -- to search every inch of the 120-acre hill and the waters around it. She wasn't reported missing until April 1.
Foul play is suspected.
Swanson was the first Coeur D' Alene woman who went missing in two months. In May, Sally Anne Stone went missing after an appointment with her physical therapist.

If you have information on Swanson's whereabouts, please contact:
Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse
Coeur D'Alene Police Department

You can remain anonymous if you wish.

Agency Case Number: 6653

NCIC Number:

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: Idaho Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
The Coeur d'Alene Press
The Spokesman-Review - May 16, 1993

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