The Doe Network:
Case File 82DFCA

Left: Root in 1979; Right: Age-progressed to age 38 (circa 2003)

Alma Violet Root
Missing since January 1, 1980 from Auburn, Placer County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: February 8, 1965
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4; 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes. She goes by the name Violet.
  • Marks, Scars, Tattoos: Tattoo of a small blue heart over her right breast.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: mtDNA Available in CODIS.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Root had been staying with her boyfriend in Penryn. The boyfriend told police she asked him to drive her to her aunt's house in Rio Linda, CA on New Year's Day, 1980 when she disappeared. The boyfriend said he then went to work at McClellan Air Force Base, and when he returned to Rio Linda to pick Root up, she wasn't there
He later told police he didn't think it was strange because Root often ran away and hitchhiked. Root's family was mystified by his explanation because Root didn't have an aunt living in Rio Linda. No one has heard from Root since.

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
Placer County Sheriff's Department
Detective Lorrie Lewis


You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: 911125043

NCMEC #: NCMC761400

NCIC Number: M-880318478
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency in regards to this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
California Department of Justice

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