Sarah Elizabeth Kinslow

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Sarah, circa 2001;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 26 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 2001 from Greenville, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date Of Birth: June 14, 1986
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 100 - 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Sarah has a tattoo of the letter I on the inside of her ankle, two chicken pox scars to the left of her nostrils, and an additional chicken pox scar on her left temple. Her teeth are crooked; the two upper front ones overlap each other. Sarah's left ear is pierced four times, two times in her lobe and two times in her cartilage. Her right ear two or three times in the lobe. She has a mole on the right side of her neck near her collarbone. Sarah swings her arms when she walks. She wore a size 9 shoe in 2001, and had acne. She may have grown taller since her disappearance. She may also have dyed her hair another color, possibly brown, and/or cut it short.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A colored t-shirt which may have had a logo on it, a teal hooded zip-up jacket, baggy blue jeans, blue and gray sneakers, a watch with a black band and a pink face with the cartoon character Minnie Mouse on it, an a silver necklace with a pendant that spells the word "rock."
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sarah was last seen when she was dropped off at Greenville Middle School in her hometown of Greenville, Texas at 7:20 a.m. on May 1, 2001. She did not attend her classes the day of her disappearance; she and her friends had planned on meeting a local cemetery and skipping school. Her friends say she never met them. She has never been heard from again.

    Police dogs traced Sarah's scent to two blocks from the school, but then the trail ended. A witness claims he saw Sarah inside an older model light blue Ford truck at 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of her disappearance; the truck was near Sarah's school and was driven by a Caucasian male in his thirties. The man had dark brown hair and a pencil moustache. The witness stated that Sarah did not appear to be upset and was not trying to get out of the truck. Another witness says Sarah was at seen a phone booth in Caddo Mills, Texas after her disappearance.

    A week after Sarah's disappearance her eighteen-year-old boyfriend, Curtis Wayne Bell, was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. While investigating Sarah's disappearance, police discovered that she had been sexually involved with Bell. It was apparently consensual, but Sarah was not of legal age to give her consent.

    Sarah's parents did not allow her to date, but they knew of her relationship with Bell. He lives in Quinlan, Texas and was one of the friends who was supposed to skip school with Sarah on the day of her disappearance. Sarah had been dating Bell for two months prior to her disappearance; she wanted to marry him and wrote in her diary that she and Bell would run away to Mexico if her parents did not allow them to be together. Bell admits that he and Sarah discussed running away, but says they were not being serious.

    Sarah did not take any extra clothes, her toothbrush, or her purse when she went missing. Police nevertheless believe she left of her own accord. Several of her friends failed polygraph tests in connection with her disappearance. Bell and all of Sarah's other friends disclaim any knowledge of her whereabouts.

    Sarah was possibly seen in the Tualatin, Beaverton, Tigard, and Portland areas of Oregon in early 2004 and may have been sighted in Surrey, British Columbia in late 2004. She is reported to have cut her hair short and dyed it brown. Her case is unsolved and still classified as that of a runaway.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Greenville Police Department
    903-457-2900

    OR
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Child Search Ministries
    The Child Seek Network
    The Laura Recovery Center
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    4 the Kids
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    MISSING Sarah E. Kinslow
    Families of Missing Loved Ones
    Project Jason
    Sarah Kinslow's Mother's Facebook Page

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 27, 2013; age-progression updated.

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