Loy Gillespie Evitts

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Above Images: Evitts, circa 1977

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 28, 1977 from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 12, 1947
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 126 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Evitts has a scar on her abdomen.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A three-quarter length blue hand-knit sweater with vertical maroon stripes, a maroon turtleneck, maroon slacks, wooden wedge shoes with leather straps, a wide gold wedding band, a wide gold Helzberg diamond solitaire engagement ring, a white gold woman's watch with a square face, and a plaid gold bracelet with a knot. She was carrying a leather shoulder bag and a black and white pocketbook.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Evitts was last seen during her lunch hour on February 28, 1977 in Kansas City, Missouri. She had her watch adjusted, browsed several stores on the Country Club Plaza, drove to a drugstore on Main Street and Westport Road, and bought coffee and an umbrella. Evitts's yellow 1970 MG sports car with the license plate number JOE 4869 was found back in its customary space in the Plaza Center Building's parking garage that afternoon, with the umbrella she'd bought in the front seat, but there was no sign of her and she nas never been heard from again. Her husband didn't realize she was missing until 6:00 p.m., when Evitts's supervisor called him to ask why she hadn't returned to the office after lunch. Her purse and some other belongings were found ten days later, under a bridge in southeast Kansas City, near Unity Village.

    Evitts was employed at a law firm at the time of her disappearance; she'd only been working there for a month. Her loved ones stated she was very attached to her car and it would be uncharacteristic of her to walk anywhere when she could drive. She was born and raised in Coffey, Kansas and was a former queen nominee at Kansas State University, where she studied clothing and retailing. She lived in Overland Park, Kansas at the time of her disappearance, was happily married and was not having any personal or financial problems. Evitts is described as a meticulous person, both about her appearance and her possessions.

    Three weeks after Evitts disappeared, a 34-year-old man from Grandview, Missouri was arrested for her kidnapping. The charges were dropped for lack of evidence, however. The suspect has not been publicly identified.

    Evitts's disappearance is considered suspicious, but little evidence is available in her case. Her husband had her declared legally dead seven years after she was last seen. He has never remarried and still hopes for answers in her disappearance.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kansas City Police Department
    816-234-5136

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    Source Information
    The Kansas City Star
    NamUs
    The Jefferson City Post Tribune
    The News and Observer

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 1, 2017; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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