Name: Dolores Wulff
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 31, 1979
Location Last Seen: Woodland, Yolo County, California
Date of Birth: November 4, 1933
Age: 45 years old
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
DNA: Not Available
Clothing: Light colored nightgown. Possibly wearing light colored blouse, brown slacks, and wooden thong shoes.
Additional Personal Items: glasses with beige frames
Dolores Wulff was a popular, outgoing secretary at Woodland High School when she vanished in the middle of the night from her rural home in Yolo County, an area about 20 miles west of Sacramento, CA, on July 31, 1979.
Police immediately looked at her husband, Carl L. Wulff Sr., who was the only person with her that night, as the prime suspect. The couple were having marital problems, mostly due to Carl's alcoholism: Dolores moved out twice in 1978 and had filed for divorce in April 1979, though the petition was dropped when she failed to act on it. Carl denied harming his wife: he told detectives she left home the night their sons were staying at the nearby house of her brother. He had gone to bed early, and when he woke up, she was gone.
Foul play was immediately suspected: Dolores Wulff's rings were on a bathroom counter; her car was in the garage; and her purse - intact with her checks, credit cards, identification, and money - was in a closet. Investigators found traces of her Type A blood, an earring, a strand of hair, and a palm print in the trunk of Mr. Wulff's car. A wrongful death suit was brought against Carl Wulff by one of the couple's children.
Ultimately, after five-and-a-half years of investigation, the case was brought to criminal court (the wrongful death suit was dropped). Wulff's attorneys contended that Dolores left of her own accord to start a new life, and brought forth witnesses who claimed that they had seen Mrs. Wulff after she went missing. The murder case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Carl Wulff died in 2005, never admitting to killing his wife, even though authorities strongly suspect that he did murder her.
Agency Name: Yolo County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 530-668-5213
Agency E-Mail: yolocountysheriffs(at)yolocounty.org
Agency Case Number: 79-4780
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 18177
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Added: 1/22/2008; Last Updated: 4/18/2017
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.