Missing since July 31, 1979 from Woodland, Yolo County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Delores 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 agricultural area tucked off the interstate about 20 miles west of Sacramento, CA, on July 31, 1979.
Police immediately looked at her husband who was the only person with her that night, as the prime suspect. The couple, who had been having marital problems, had seen a marriage counselor shortly before she disappeared. Carl Wulff denied harming his wife, but refused a polygraph. He told detectives she left home the night their sons were staying at the nearby house of her brother.
Dolores Wulff 's rings, which she reportedly never removed, 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 said they found traces of her blood, an earring, a strand of hair and a palm print in the trunk of Carl Wulff Sr.'s car. That discovery led detectives to hire a private plane with heat-detection equipment to search for a body.
After eight years of investigation the case was finally brought to trial. But the Judge dismissed the case in 1985, ruling that too much time had elapsed from the time of Dolores' disappearance, violating the husband's right to a fair and speedy trial.
Carl Wulff died in San Diego in 2005 at the age 70. He never admitted to anything. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Yolo County Sheriff's Office
Agency Case Number: 79-4780
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