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Case File 890DFTX


Della Marie Hillard
Missing since May 4, 1988 from Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: August 3, 1955
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5" (165 cm.); 120 lbs. (55 kg.)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; green eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Della has a hysterectomy scar on her abdomen and a rose tattoo on the outside of her right thigh.
  • Jewelry: She was known to wear a Houston Baptist University class ring (solid gold, no stones), 5-6 gold hoop earrings and several diamond studs in each ear.
  • DNA: Available in CODIS

Circumstances of Disappearance
Hillard was last seen in Houston, Texas on May 3, 1988.

She said goodbye to some friends on May 3, 1988, around 20.00, and circa half an hour later, she told another friend on the phone that she was going to sleep.

Hillard's boyfriend went to her house the morning of May 4, 1988, but Hillard wasn't home. He called police after learning she wasn't at work. Hillard's car, a 1979 AMC Spirit sedan, was found the next day at an apartment complex at 12800 Dunlap, about a mile from her home. The car appeared to have been ransacked and her purse was missing. There was blood on the back and the side of the car.

Hillard's apartment was in good shape, and it appeared nothing had been taken from it. Some of her windows were open, but she often left them open. She had moved out of an apartment complex into the house just two months before she disappeared.
Police suspect foul play.

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

Houston Police Department
Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse

Agency Case Number: 034553488E & 034317588

NCIC Number: M299651503
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse
Houston Chronicle 5/10/88

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