The Doe Network:
Case File 708DFNC


Denise Newsom Porch
Missing since July 31, 1975 from Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Porch disappeared from her job as manager of the Yorktown Apartments at 254 Tyvola Road in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 31, 1975.
Porch had moved to Charlotte from Denton, about 60 miles northeast of the city, after marrying the man she'd dated since they met as teens in Myrtle Beach. The two lived at the Yorktown Apartments off Tyvola Road.
She worked as a resident manager there, showing available units during the day.
She was last seen showing a man around the Yorktown Apartments. There were no signs of a struggle in Porch's apartment. The television was on, and the air conditioning left running. Her purse lay on a table and her Camaro was parked outside. The only things missing from her home were the keys to the vacant apartments and a log of available units that she showed prospective tenants. When her husband came home from work around 20.00, her usual note hung on the door: She'd left to show an apartment.
She is believed to have been abducted at gunpoint or knife point during the day. Police mounted a widely publicized search for Porch. Eventually, the leads trailed off. On September 16, 1982, she was declared legally dead.
A former electrician who lived about 300 yards from her apartment complex -- and who was later convicted of killing two SC. women -- was a suspect but never confessed to her abduction. He was executed in South Carolina's electric chair.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Detective J.L. Tuttle

Agency Case Number: 75-88325

NCIC Number:

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
The Charlotte Observer

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