Mary Jacqueline Levitz

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Above Images: Mary, circa 1995

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 18, 1995 from Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 11, 1933
  • Age: 62 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Graying blonde hair, hazel eyes. Mary is addressed by her middle name, Jacqueline. She may go by the nickname Jacquie.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jacqueline was last seen on November 18, 1995, by a store clerk at a business in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She bought wallpaper for her new house, then left the store and has never been heard from again. Two days later, on November 20, her disappearance was discovered when a relative went to her home to find out why she hadn't been answering the phone.

    Jacqueline's front door was open. Her bedroom carpet was soaked in a blood and the mattress was soaked in it; someone had turned the mattress over to conceal the stains. The blood was Jacqueline's type. Signs of a fierce struggle, including torn-off fingernails, were scattered on the floor. Some valuable fur coats were left behind in Jacqueline's closet, a pair of diamond earrings was undisturbed on the windowsill, and more jewelry was in a safe. Only Jacqueline's purse and makeup bag were missing from her home; her cream-colored Jaguar was parked in the driveway. A glass with some water in it was found on the windowsill near the earrings. Jacqueline's loved ones say it would be uncharacteristic of her to leave the glass sitting out.

    Jacqueline has been married three times; her latest marriage was to Ralph Levitz, co-founder of the Levitz Furniture empire. Ralph died in March 1995 and Jacqueline inherited his estate; its worth is estimated between five and fifteen million dollars. She had resided in Palm Beach, Florida but moved to Vicksburg five weeks before she disappeared to be nearer to her family. Jacqueline's house in Vicksburg was undergoing extensive remodeling in November 1995, but she was still living in it. There was almost no furniture in the house, only her mattress, some plastic lawn chairs, and a refrigerator.

    Jacqueline's loved ones and the police believe she met with foul play. Her lawyer speculates that she was the victim of a botched kidnapping, probably at the hands of someone from outside the Vicksburg area. Police believe her body may have been disposed of in the Mississippi River which runs near Jacqueline's home. There is speculation that her case may be related to the disappearance of Irene Silverman, a wealthy elderly woman who disappeared from Manhattan, New York in 1998. Kenneth Kimes Jr. and his mother, Sante Kimes, were convicted of her murder in May 2000, but her body was never found. The Kimeses are considered possible suspects in Jacqueline's case as well due to the similarities between her disappearance and Silverman's, but they have never been charged in connection with Jacqueline's assumed abduction. Sante died in prison in 2014; Kenneth is still incarcerated.

    Jacqueline was born in Louisiana. She was declared dead in 2000, but her presumed murderer(s) remain uncaught.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Vicksburg Police Department
    601-636-2511

    OR
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Mississippi Office
    601-948-5000

    OR
    Warren County Sheriff's Office
    601-636-1761

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    Source Information
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Court TV
    The Doe Network
    The Times Herald-Record
    The New York Times
    The Washington Post

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 28, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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