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Case File 1621DFVA

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Doris Fay Lentz
Missing since April 23, 1996 from Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing

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Circumstances of Disappearance
Lentz was last seen in Arlington, Virginia around 19:00, after telling a friend that she was going to Fort Washington, Maryland to pick up her daughter on April 23, 1996.
A week later, police in Southeast Washington D.C. found her blood-spattered Toyota. The door was unlocked and her purse was in full view.
Her ex-husband was arrested in connection with Doris' disappearance in May 2001 in Indiana. In August 2001, He was charged with her kidnapping and causing her death. He maintains his innocence in the case. He was convicted of the charge in June 2003 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The trial judge took the unusual step of throwing out the jury's verdict; he acquitted the ex-husband in July 2003. However, in September 2004, a court of appeals ordered a new trial for the ex-husband, saying that the trial judge was wrong to overturn the verdict. He was convicted again of the same charges in March 2006.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Arlington County Police Department
Homicide/Robbery Unit
Detective John Coale

Source Information:
Arlington County Police Department
The Washington Post - Lentz Archives

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