Kelly Ann Yates

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Kelly, circa 1985;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 30 (circa 2014)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 26, 1985 from Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: October 26, 1984
  • Age: 10 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'4, 28 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue/green eyes.
  • Bar

    Details of Disappearance

    Kelly and her sister Kimberly were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Elaine Carolyn Yates. Elaine found her husband, Russell M. Yates Jr., with another woman. They argued and he admits he struck her, but says it was only after she hit and kicked him several times, and he stated this was the first and only time he had ever hit her. Russell took her to the emergency room for treatment, and the staff there suggested Elaine move to a battered women's shelter in Massachusetts. Three weeks later, she left with the children while her husband, who owned a bar, was at work; he came home at 2:00 a.m. to find the house empty. Russell was granted custody of his daughters in November 1985, when Elaine didn't appear in court to contest his petition. However, by then she and the girls had vanished.

    In 1986, Russell sued Elaine's mother, Mary Pigeon, alleging she had helped Elaine abduct the children, lied several times in her statements to law enforcement, and knew where the three of them were hiding. In 1989, the judge ruled in his favor and ordered Pigeon to pay Russell $23,000 in damages and tell him where Elaine, Kimberly and Kelly were. She claimed she had last spoken to Elaine in September 1985, didn't know her daughter and grandchildren's whereabouts and wanted them to return home. She appealed the ruling but it was upheld. In June 1990, Pigeon, who was 77 years old at the time, was found in contempt of court and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service a month at the Society for Young Victims, a missing children's agency, and also read their files about missing children, until she revealed her suspected knowledge. By September, she still hadn't disclosed any information and the judge had her jailed in the minimum-security wing of the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston, Rhode Island. She was released eight days later, after the judge concluded further coercion would not be effective. He did not, however, revoke his earlier ruling that Pigeon must provide the information. Pigeon always maintained she didn't know anything about the abduction and didn't know Elaine, Kelly and Kimberly's location. She died in 2000.

    Photos and vital statistics for Elaine are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for Child Snatching was issued for her on November 16, 1988, but Russell didn't formally divorce her until 1996. Neither she nor her daughters have ever been heard from again. They may be in Massachusetts or in Florida.


    Elaine Carolyn Yates
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    Top Row and Bottom Right: Elaine Carolyn Yates;
    Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 67 (circa 2014)

    Date of Birth: September 26, 1947
    Age: 47 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'0, 107 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blondish-brown or reddish-brown hair, green eyes. Elaine's maiden name is Pigeon and she may use the first name Carlene. She may wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. Elaine has scars on one of her upper arms and a distinctive bump on her nose. She may be working as a computer programmer or manager.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Rhode Island State Police


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education of America
    RYates6690's Home Page
    Child Quest International Inc.
    For the Lost
    The New York Times
    The Providence Journal
    The Palm Beach Post


    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 10, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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