Rebecca Ann Crist

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Above Images: Crist, circa 1988


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 3, 1988 from Staunton, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 30, 1962
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Crist goes by her middle name, Ann.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray jacket, a pink blouse and blue jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Crist was last seen shortly after lunchtime on May 3, 1988 after she left her apartment on west Beverley Street in Staunton, Virginia. She asked her sister to baby-sit her young son. She was last seen walking westbound on west Beverly Street. She never returned and has never been heard from again. Her family reported her missing on May 7.

    In 1991, a handyman in Staunton sent a letter to Crist's family in which he confessed to accidentally killing her and disposing of her body in a landfill. Investigators were never able to verify his confession, but he remains a suspect in Crist's disappearance. He is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.

    Investigators are not certain what happened to Crist. She was well-liked in the community and had no known enemies, nor had she mentioned feeling unsafe or unhappy with her life prior to her disappearance. At the time she vanished, it was believed she left of her own accord, but it would be highly unusual for her to have stayed out of contact with her family for so long. She is described as a devoted parent who would not have willingly abandoned her son. Crist's case remains unsolved; she is missing under unknown circumstances.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Staunton Police Department


    Source Information
    The Staunton News Leader
    The Doe Network
    Virginia State Police


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 26, 2014; picture added.

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