Carie Melissa Zapletal
Zapletal, approximately 2014
Date and time person was reported missing : 12/02/2014
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/01/1963 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 48 years old
Height / Weight : 4'11, 120 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black sweater and dark blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Zapletal may use the last name Fuller. She has a tattoo of a butterfly on her right breast and a faded homemade tattoo of criss-cross lines resembling barbed wire on her left shoulder. Her ears are pierced, she has a large Cesarean section scar on her abdomen, and she may wear contact lenses. Zapletal smokes cigarettes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Carie was last seen near the 6600 block of Santaolina in Memphis, Tennessee on December 2, 2014. She left her residence on foot and has never been heard from again. She left all her belongings, behind, including her purse, cellular phone, identification, car and cigarettes. She also left $2,000 behind in her bank account.
Carie's husband, Edward Zapletal, had had a stroke a few months prior to her disappearance, and he stated she became depressed, started abusing prescription drugs and even attempted suicide afterwards. However, her children stated she had not been diagnosed with depression and was not taking any anti-depressant medication; they believe Edward lied about the circumstances of her disappearance.
Carie's children don't believe she would have abandoned her family, and they think foul play was involved in her case. Edward died in 2018. Carie's disappearance remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Memphis Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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