Clara Marie Grunst

Above: Grunst, circa 1984


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 9, 1984 from Joplin, Missouri
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 20, 1963
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'6, 118 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Grunst wears eyeglasses with large light beige plastic frames. She has pierced ears, a red birthmark on her navel, and a tattoo of the name "Jeff" below her left elbow. Grunst's CB radio handles are Blondie and Missouri Sunshine. Her spine is deformed from scoliosis.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Reddish-brown pants, a white shirt with a floral waistband, blue sneakers, a Timex watch with a blue band, and a silver ring.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Grunst was last believed to be hitchhiking from Joplin, Missouri to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was last seen in the vicinity of Interstate 44 and Highway 43 in Joplin, when she got into a truck driven by a man from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grunst was living in Milwaukee at the time and looking for work there. She made a call from a Pittsburg, Kansas pay phone at 11:40 a.m. on October 9, 1984, the day after she left Joplin. She has never been heard from again.

    Grunst's mother stated her daughter loved traveling and hitchhiked frequently at the time of her 1984 disappearance. When she left Joplin she was carrying a large sum of money and a brand new, expensive suede coat, both of them gifts from her brother, so her mother theorizes Grunst was robbed. Police identified and questioned the truck driver last known to be with her, and he reportedly gave inconsistent statements, but there was insufficient evidence to file charges against anyone. Grunst has previously visited truck stops in Wisconsin, California and Canada. Her mother believes she is dead and plans to hold a memorial service for her in the spring of 2011.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    The Carthage Press


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 14, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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