Mary Lynn Andersen

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Above: Andersen, circa 1982


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: 1982 from Gillette, Wyoming
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 1, 1959
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'6, 105 - 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Andersen has a scar on her cheek. She may use the last name Shondel.
  • Medical Conditions: Andersen has epilepsy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Andersen was born and raised in Frazee, Minnesota. She left as a young adult and traveled extensively and stayed in several states, but she frequently returned to Frazee to see her family. Andersen met and married an Iowa man and had a baby girl, but her marriage was strained and she didn't think she could care for the child. Her mother legally adopted the baby.

    Andersen was last heard from sometime in 1982. She was living in Gillette, Wyoming at the time, and maintained occasional contact with her family. Family friends passing through the town saw and spoke to her that year. Andersen's family in Minnesota notified police after they didn't hear from her for over a year, but the missing persons report was never entered into the system. Decades later, Andersen's mother contacted the police officer she filed the report with. Andersen's information and dental records were at his house, and the family was able to retrieve them.

    Andersen's family believes she may be alive and unable to recall her identity. Her husband, who died in 2004, maintained his innocence in her disappearance and said he had no idea what happened to her. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Becker County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The Frazee-Vargas Forum
    The Perham Enterprise Bulletin
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 5, 2009; picture and alternate height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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