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719DFCA - Essie Margarette Hiett


Name: Essie Margarette Hiett
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: February 13, 1978
Location Last Seen: Oroville, Butte County, California

Physical Description

Date of Birth: November 18, 1930
Age: 47 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Nickname/Alias: Marge or Steele
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She has a half-moon-shaped scar on her right temple near her hairline, surgical scars on both of her legs as the result of a varicose vein removal operation, and pierced ears.


Dentals: Not Available, full dentures
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Green blouse with a full face picture of a female imprinted on the front, tan Naugahyde jacket, white pants, pantyhose.
Jewelry: Timex watch with a white metal extension band and a blue face, sterling silver earrings, white gold wedding ring set which included an engagement ring with five embedded stones and a wedding band with six embedded stones (the total weight of the set is one karat).
Additional Personal Items: White shoes, glasses that have photo grey lenses.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Hiett was last seen in downtown Oroville, California on February 13, 1978. Essie worked as a hostess at an Oroville card room. She vanished while returning to her home sometime between 02.00 and 04.00 am. Her disabled car (1975, Oldsmobile, Toronado Trofeo) and her clothes were found, but her body was never located. Foul play is suspected.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Butte County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective R. Jay Freeman
Agency Phone Number: (530) 538-7434
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 78-11872

NCIC Case Number: M-024104878
NamUs Case Number: 19279

Information Source(s)

California Department of Justice

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 8/28/2016

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

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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