Jamie Ellen Pankey

Above: Pankey, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 1, 1996 from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 16, 1956
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Pankey may go by her middle name, Ellen, or use the last names Chapman and/or Sample. She wears a full set of dentures and has a scar on her neck.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Jeans and a light-colored shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    On October 1, 1996, Pankey contacted the Kansas City Police Department to report that she had been robbed in the 600 block of east 6th Street. Officers came to the scene and a suspect was identified by Pankey and arrested. This is the last documented contact with her; she has never been heard from again.

    Pankey has a history of going for long periods without contacting her family. As a result, they did not report her disappearance until January 28, 1998, over a year later. Her disappearance is believed to be related to the disappearances and murders of several other local women who were involved in prostitution and drugs. The other missing women include Connie Williams and Cheresa Lordi; both of them disappeared from Kansas City, Williams in 1996 and Lordi in 1997, and neither were ever found. Several other women were murdered and their bodies dumped in the Missouri River; their cases are believed to be connected to Lordi, Williams and Pankey's. Foul play is suspected in all the cases, which remain unsolved.

    Some agencies give the date of Pankey's disappearance as July 30, 1996.


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



    Source Information
    Kansas City Police Department
    CrimeNews 2000


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 3, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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