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Case File: Catherine Ford - 3392DFMD

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Catherine Ford

  • Case Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Missing Since: February 17, 1988
  • Location Last Seen: Gorman, Garrett County, Maryland
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 19
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: 69 inches
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: 140 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): None
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Discolored right arm, birthmark under armpit.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Unavailable
  • DNA: Available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Black leather coat, black sweater, stone-washed blue jeans.
  • Jewelry: Ring, size 5 1/2, 14 kt gold - 3 diamond rings; half kt pear, 8 kt, 1/4 kt surrounded by chips.
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    On the morning of Wednesday, 17 February 1988, the victim, Catherine Ford, a resident of Maryland, received a call from a man claiming to be a magistrate at Mt. Storm, in Grant County, West Virginia. The man wanted Ms. Ford to meet him at his office at 3:00 p.m. the same day, to discuss some checks. Later that day, a man claiming to be an undercover officer called Ms. Ford with information concerning a possible investigation of her family's restaurant by the liquor licensing authorities. Ms. Ford told her family and the restaurant employees to check identifications before selling beer, and then left the restaurant to meet with the alleged undercover officer. Ms. Ford drove her Ford Bronco on route 50 into Grant County, and turned off at the Bismark Road. She has not been seen since.

    On 8 March 1988, the Ford Bronco in which Cathy Ford was last seen was found burned and hidden in brush near the river, off the Bismark Road. The people who found the Bronco knew to look there because they heard that smoke was seen hanging over the river on 17 February 1988. Experts determined that the fire was deliberate arson.

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

  • Agency Name: Garrett County Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Address: 311 East Alder St., Oakland, Maryland
  • Agency Phone Number: 301-334-1911

  • Agency Case Number: 880561
  • NamUs Case Number: MP # 20460
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
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