The Doe Network:
Case File 851DFNY


Sara Anne Wood
Missing since August 18, 1993 from Litchfield, Tioga County, New York.
Classification: Non Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: March 4, 1981
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'0 (150 cm.); 96 lbs (44 kg.)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Curly, shoulder-length brown hair; blue eyes. She wears prescription tortoise shell glasses and has freckles.
  • Marks, Scars: Dimples in both cheeks, scars on legs, crippled toe on each foot.
  • Clothing: She was wearing a pink T-shirt with the words "Guess Who" embroidered on the front, turquoise blue shorts, and brown sandals.
  • DNA: Available
  • Dentals: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Sara was last seen riding her bicycle at 14.30, after leaving the Norwich Corners Church on Roberts Road in Frankfort, NY. Sarah's bicycle, coloring book and crayons were discovered hidden in an area of brush off of Hacadam Road later in the evening.

Lewis S. Lent Jr. was charged with Wood's abduction and murder in 1996, three years after she was last seen. Lent initially confessed to Sarah's abduction and claimed he buried her body in the Adirondacks. He drew a map of the burial location for authorities, but extensive searches did not produce any evidence as to Sarah's whereabouts. Lent later recanted his statements, but was convicted of the crime nonetheless.

Sarah's family founded The Sara Anne Wood Rescue Center, later renamed The Mohawk Valley Branch Of The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. Foul play is suspected in Sarah's case due to the circumstances involved in her disappearance.

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

New York State Police
Senior Investigator Robert L. Boek


Local Case Number: DNHT05889

NCMEC #: NCMC782700

NCIC Number:

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

Source Information:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
The Rome Daily Sentinel
The Standard-Times

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