The Doe Network:
Case File 351DFAK

1 

Sandra Lee Davis
Missing since September 1, 1974 from Chugiak, Anchorage Borough, Alaska.
Classification: Endangered Missing


Vital Statistics


Circumstances of Disappearance
Davis went for an after dinner walk at approximately 19:00 in her hometown of Chugiak, Alaska on September 1, 1974. She never returned home and has not been seen since.

Sandy hated her life in Alaska. She had no car and no phone. She had lived and worked in California before she married.
Davis was a registered nurse. She had been married for 15 years, but was on the verge of divorce. She is a Mormon and the mother of two children. The family had moved to Alaska from Utah in the summer of 1974. By the end of August, her husband had asked for a divorce. There had been problems with the relationship for a while, but Sandy didn't want the family to break up. Sandy signed divorce papers on the afternoon of August 30. The papers gave her custody of the children, but the girls told police their mother said that night she had changed her mind. She decided they should stay with their father. She might go make a new life in California, she said, or she might return to Utah.
Sandy left the trailer that night after dinner, crying, with no money or identification. She left her husband John and the children watching television, as she had done before, to go for a walk. Usually she walked down the road to a pay phone. The night before she had been gone for three hours. This night, she left and never returned.

Troopers questioned everyone. They dragged the lake and searched the area with dogs. Dogs repeatedly tracked her to the road and the phone. But she walked there often, so that may have been an old trail. They found nothing.
John Davis immediately came under suspicion, but he passed a lie detector test and police seemed satisfied that he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.
Suicide was considered possible, especially after John found a note from Sandy. It said among other things, " it is too late to remedy anything, so instead of me going through life this way, it's better to leave. Take good care of my daughters and your self. Take them to church, it's very important to me." The note was undated.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning Davis' whereabouts, please contact:
Alaska State Troopers
Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
907-269-5058

OR
800-478-9333

You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

Agency Number: 74-12529

NCIC Number: M001177271
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Alaska State Troopers
California Department of Justice


Return to the Unexplained Disappearances' Index


Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

Last Updated: 11-1-2011 - By: BR / Web Assist