Willie Ann Rucker

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Above: Rucker, circa 1979

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 8, 1979 from Waterloo, Iowa
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 11, 1951
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rucker was last seen in Waterloo, Iowa on April 8, 1979. She had recently divorced and was working as a cocktail waitress while her sister cared for her three young children. On the night of her disappearance, Rucker worked late. She called her sister from a grocery store and asked her to take the children to Rucker's apartment on west Donald Street. Rucker said she would meet them there. She never arrived and has never been heard from again.

    Rucker was having problems with an ex-boyfriend at the time of her disappearance and, days before she was last seen, she told the police the man was scaring her. Her family believes this individual murdered her, but he has never been charged in her case.

    David Barrett, Rucker's youngest child, who was a baby when she disappeared, became a professional football player and played for the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dayton Police Department
    937-333-1070

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    Source Information
    Iowa Cold Cases
    NamUs

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 15, 2013; casefile added.

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