Dorothy Delilah Scofield

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Left: Dorothy, circa 1976;
Right: Age-progression to age 46 (circa 2010)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 22, 1976 from Ocala, Florida
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: January 8, 1964
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 90 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Dorothy wore eyeglasses with gold-colored, teardrop-shaped frames at the time of her disappearance. Her upper incisor slightly overlaps her upper front tooth, and she was missing one tooth when she was last seen in 1976. She has freckles across her nose, pierced ears and a mole on her knee. Dorothy's nicknames are Dee and DeeDee (sometimes spelled "Dee-Dee" or "DeDe"). Her middle name my be spelled "Delila" by some agencies. Her hair was styled in two pigtails at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red short-sleeved body suit with a blue flower design and snaps at the crotch, a button-up shirt tucked inside blue jeans, a brown leather belt with a metal buckle and lime-green high-top Keds sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dorothy and her mother left their Ocala, Florida residence together on July 22, 1976. Her mother took a driving test while Dorothy exchanged a pair of sandals at the J. M. Fields department store. She also planned to buy a birthday present for her brother. Dorothy returned the shoes and was last seen at the mall at approximately 2:00 p.m. that day. Dorothy never met her mother at the designated location they had agreed on and she reported her daughter as missing. Dorothy has never been seen again.

    A witness reported having seen a girl matching Dorothy's description two hours after she was reported missing. The child was in Nuby's, a convenience store at the intersection of Highway 40 and State Road Highway 314, less than a mile from the Ocala National Forest. with one or two adult males. They purchased sodas and left. The child was shaking and appeared to be very frightened. She and the adult male companion(s) were never identified and law enforcement authorities are not sure if she was in fact Dorothy. A sketch of a possible suspect is posted below this case summary.

    Dorothy is the youngest of five children and lived with her family in a mobile home in Citra, Florida in 1976. She was an honor student at Marion Middle School, regularly attended church, and worked at her parents' barbecue. Investigators do not believe she ran away from home, as she was not having any personal problems at the time of her disappearance. There was some speculation at that her disappearance might be linked to the 1975 disappearances of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, but no evidence connecting the cases was discovered.

    Dorothy's parents divorced in 1981 and her father died ten years later. Her case remains unsolved.

    Above: Sketch of possible suspect


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    Operation Lookout
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    CLEWS: Your Home for Historic True Crime
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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 10, 2016; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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