Helen Joyce Rawley

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Above Images: Rawley, circa 2003


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 4, 2003 from College Park, Maryland
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 75 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4 - 5'5, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. White hair, brown eyes. Rawley goes by her middle name, Joyce.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A sweatshirt and slacks.
  • Medical Conditions: Rawley has suffered two strokes which have impaired her speaking, writing, and hearing skills. She was also diagnosed with rectal cancer in the summer of 2002 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She is on several medications and cannot be without them for a long period of time, and she is often tired and weak. She has to wear a colostomy bag as the result of her condition. Rawley was, however, otherwise in good health and sound mind at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rawley was last seen between 6:45 and 7:00 a.m. on June 4, 2003, at her home in the 4600 block of Knox Road in College Park, Maryland. Her tenant, who had rented a room in her house for eight years, saw her sitting on the porch as he returned home from his job. Rawley has lived with her adult son since the 2001 death of her husband, and she hadn't left home by herself, except to gett he mail, since she had her strokes in February 2001. Her son returned home from his foreman job at 3:30 p.m. and found his mother missing. The lights were off in the home and there was no indication that there had been a robbery. Rawley's purse and wallet were left behind in her bedroom when she vanished.

    Rawley has never been heard from again. Police dogs tracked her scent out the front door, which her son says she never used, to the corner of the block, but they could not go further than that. Rawley enjoys gardening, doing crossword puzzles, and reading novels and self-help books. She owns a beach house in Annapolis, Maryland, but has not been there since her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved. Foul play is not suspected, but police are unsure what happened to her.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Prince George's County Police Department


    Source Information
    The Diamondback
    NBC 4
    The Washington Examiner
    The Washington Post


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 5, 2017; clothing/jewelry description added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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