Danielle Marie Zacot

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Above Images: Zacot, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 25, 1999 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 2, 1973
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Zacot has facial acne scars. Her ears are pierced. Her last name is pronounced "Zah-co."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold ring set with small diamonds and possibly a sleeveless or short-sleeved fuschia and white dress and a denim jacket.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zacot's boyfriend, Brian O'Connor, told authorities that he left her apartment in northeast Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 25, 1999 between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. O'Connor stated that Zacot said she planned to watch television and drive to the grocery store around 1:00 a.m. An employee at the Winn-Dixie Store on in the 1800 block of east Commercial Boulevard recalled the Zacot entered the building that evening and purchased a loaf of bread. Zacot has never been heard from again.

    Zacot's loved ones became concerned when she failed to report for work at Argenti Designer Jewelers. O'Connor discovered Zacot's blue 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier with the Florida license plate number RAR-39Z parked in the Winn-Dixie lot on February 27, 1999, two days after her disappearance. The vehicle was locked and there was no sign of Zacot at the scene.

    O'Connor cooperated with authorities and is not considered a suspect in Zacot's case. There has not been any activity on her credit cards or bank accounts since February 1999. When she disappeared, she left her apartment lights and television turned on. Her family has said that it is very uncharacteristic of Zacot to leave without contacting anyone. Foul play is suspected in her case.

    A tip regarding Zacot's disappearance surfaced shortly after she was last seen. A witness claimed that Zacot was speaking to a well-dressed African-American man outside of the Winn-Dixie store on the night she vanished. The informant said that Zacot entered a white sports car with the man and sped away. The lead never panned out and the witness's statement has never been confirmed. Zacot's parents and the police suspect that Lucious Boyd may know something about her case. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. Boyd, a crack cocaine addict with violent tendencies, was convicted in June 2002 of the rape and murder of Dawnia DaCosta. He had also been charged in the 1993 murder of an acquaintance, but pleaded self defense and was acquitted. He is a suspected serial killer and is the last person known to have been with Patrece Alston, who disappeared in 1998 and was never found. He has not been charged in any other disappearances or deaths, however.

    While investigating Zacot's disappearance, investigators discovered that she and Boyd were acquainted with each other; Zacot worked at a printing company that did business with a funeral home owned by Boyd's family. Boyd has refused to be interviewed about the case. He is being called a person of interest, not a suspect.

    Zacot's case remains unsolved. She was employed as a graphic designer at the time of her disappearance.

    Boyd
    Above: Lucious Boyd

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    954-761-5512

    OR
    954-761-5544

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    Source Information
    Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    America's Most Wanted
    WSVN TV-7
    The Miami Herald
    The Carol Sund/Carrington Memorial Foundation
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    The Miami Herald
    The Broward-Palm Beach News Times
    Florida Department of Corrections

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    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 19, 2014; picture added.

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