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Case File 1766DFFL


Cindy Lee Smith
Missing since April 3, 1987 from Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Cindy Smith was last seen on April 3, 1987 leaving work. She was picked up by her boyfriend.
Her boyfriend stated she went to Daytona Beach with an unknown male. Cindy has never been heard from since.

She left behind her parents, sister, brother, and her 7-year-old son. She left behind her job at Kmart, her car, her two dogs and a tax refund she never picked up.
According to Smith's parents, Smith and her son (from Cindy's ex-husband ), were living with the boyfriend in Winter Haven at the time.

Smith told her parents that she was leaving her boyfriend. She asked them whether she and her son could move in with them; they were supposed to meet her at her home that weekend to help her move her things. When Smith never called her parents that weekend they thought she had changed her mind. But on Monday, April 6, Smith's supervisor at Kmart called and asked why Smith hadn't shown up at work.

Her parents called to report her missing as soon as Smith's supervisor called them.
About a month after Smith disappeared the family heard that the boyfriend was selling Smith's things in the front yard of the home they shared.

The father went over to her house with a male relative and they searched the house. They found Smith's mattress, bloodstained, inside the house. They immediately called the Sheriff's Office, and the Sheriff's Office collected the mattress. There were tests done on the mattress, but they were only to determine blood type, because forensic science wasn't as advanced in 1987. The mattress eventually was discarded in the 1990s, with no samples preserved, and the blood tests that were done at the time couldn't be used to determine identity.

Foul play is possible.

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

Polk County Sheriff's Office
Detective Ivan Navarro

Agency Case Number:

NCIC Number: M-319426446
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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