Verna Marie Richardson
Missing since July 8, 1990 from Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Verna Richardson, a married mother of 10, vanished from her Fort Myers home July 7, 1990.
Richardson, during a rough patch in her marriage began dating a man named Alexander Smith. She broke it off with Smith some time in mid-1990 to repair her marriage. Smith came to the house on South Meador Court the night of July 7.
Richardson called her son, to ask if he could come over. He said he would, but ended up falling asleep.
Richardson left with Smith. Her diabetes medicine was left behind.
The next day, she called her family collect from a pay phone at the Eastend Service mart on State Road 70 East, and told her sister that her boyfriend had beaten her, tied her hands behind her back and broken her glasses. She said she would call right back. She never did. The clerk remembers Richardson entering the store in her nightgown. It was the last time she was seen alive.
Her family went to Okeechobee but could not find Richardson.
A week later, Richardsonís son ran into Smith in Fort Myers. Smith was driving Richardsonís car, and said she was at a local hotel room. He offered to let the son follow him there. On the way, he flipped the car on I-75 and was arrested for drunken driving. Her purse was in the front seat. Smith was detained by police for four hours and released.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lee County Sheriff's Office
Agency Case Number: 90-68534
The News Enterprise
The Palm Beach Post
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