Donetha Laverne Snead

Above: Snead, circa 1993


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 21, 1993 from St. Augustine, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 26, 1960
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Snead may use the last name Snead-Haile.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Snead was last seen in St. Augustine, Florida on April 21, 1993. She has never been heard from again. The serial killer William Darrell Lindsey Sr. pleaded guilty in 1999 to second-degree murder in connection with Snead's case. A photograph of Lindsey is posted below this case summary. He led police to a three-acre, alligator-filled pit near Murray Middle School in St. Augustine, saying he had put her body there.

    Police could not find Snead's remains, but they had enough evidence to prove he had killed her. Lindsey also pleaded guilty to the murder of Diana Richardson, whose body has also never been found, and to four other murders. He will not be eligible for release until 2024, by which time he will be 89 years old.

    Snead's remains have never been located. Like all of Lindsey's victims, she was involved in drugs and prostitution.

    Above: William Darrell Lindsey


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    St. Johns County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The St. Augustine Record
    The Florida Times-Union
    Serial Killer Timelines
    Florida Department of Corrections


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 26, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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