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Case File: Marie Ann Blee 219DFCO

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DESCRIBE IMAGE DESCRIBE IMAGE 1 month prior to disappearance Age-progression to 45
Top Left: School photo from 1979 - last known photo of Blee. 2nd from bottom right: 1 month prior to disappearnce. Bottom Right: Age-progressed to 45 years (circa 2010)

Marie Ann Blee

  • Case Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Missing Since: November 21, 1979
  • Location Last Seen: Craig, Routt County, Colorado
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: April 16, 1964
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 15
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: 100-115 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Feathered, shoulder-length blonde or strawberry hair.
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: No tattoos, scars or marks known.
  • Dentals: Available. Orthodontic correction completed about 3 months prior to disappearance and had braces removed.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Purple collar v-neck top, brown velvet vest, blue jeans, and a green ski jacket with red and white trim.
  • Jewelry: Leather rope necklace with three multi-color handmade beads.
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown.
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    Marie Ann Blee was last seen at a 4-H dance at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig, Colorado, during the evening of November 21, 1979. After the dance, she went to a party at Shadow Mountain mobile home park with 18-year old Monte Dean Doolin, a male friend. She was reported missing by her parents when she failed to return home by the following morning. At first, authorities suspected that Marie was a runaway, but her parents insisted that running away didn't fit Marie's personality.

    Attendees reported alcohol and drug use at the party. Doolin later told authorities that Blee informed him she had a ride home with an unidentified person at 1:30 AM - 2:00 AM. Boolin stated that he never saw Blee again. That is the last confirmed sighting of her. Some witnesses told authorities they had seen her at a Craig convenience store. But due to conflicting accounts from party goers, Marie's movements later on that night are uncertain.

    Monte Doolin was arrested and given a suspended sentence for attempted extortion one week after Blee vanished. He admitted that he made a phone call to her parents, in which he demanded $5000 in ransom for their daughter's return. He maintains that he is innocent of any involvement in Blee's case.

    In 1999, officers from the Moffat and Routt County Sheriff Department, the Craig and Hayden Police Departments, and the FBI formed a task force with the goal of finding Marie Blee. Since then, at least two suspects connected with the case have been arrested and the task force searched three sites near Hayden for signs of Marie. Over the years, several wells, suspicious mounds or other possible hiding places have been exhumed by local law enforcement. But the case remains open. Foul play is suspected.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Routt County Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective Ken Klinger
  • Agency Phone Number: 970-879-1090
  • Or
  • Agency Name: Moffat County Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Sergeant K.C. Hume or Investigator Jeremy Ashton
  • Agency Phone Number: 970-824-4495
  • Sgt Hume's E-Mail
  • Inv. Ashton's E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: 79-1374
  • NCIC Case Number: M208753749
  • NamUs Case Number: MP/UP #5860
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • Craig Daily Press News Archive
  • Steamboat Pilot News Archive

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    Last Updated:10/14/11 - By: DD / HC Coord

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