Carol Sue Skidmore
Carol, approximately 1977
Date and time person was reported missing : 04/09/1977
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 10/13/1950 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Carol's nickname is Sissy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Carol was last seen in Rossville, Georgia, just south of the Tennessee border, on April 9, 1977. She and her husband of one year, James Ronald Skidmore, and her five-year-old son Lynn Dale Mahaffey, one of the four children she had from a previous marriAge at the time of disappearance: , had left their Texas home to visit James's parents in Rossville on March 29, in order to "put their marriAge at the time of disappearance: back together."
The last time Carol's parents heard from her was on April 9, when she spoke to them on the phone and said she wasn't sure when she'd be coming home. All three of them disappeared together.
On May 5, Lynn's body was found in Parksville Lake in Cleveland, Texas. He'd been there for several weeks. The child was the victim of a homicide; his body was found wrapped in a plastic bag and weighted with a forty-pound rock. It wasn't identified until June 13.
By then, his stepfather had also been found deceased: James was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room in Harrison, Arkansas on June 1. He had died by suicide. He wrote a letter to his former wife, telling her he was going to take his own life because "things weren't working out for him." There was no sign of Carol; she has never been heard from again.
Due to the circumstances involved in her disappearance, foul play is suspected in Carol's case. She is from Texas, and Texas police are investigating her disappearance.
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Texas Department of Public Safety
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Kingsport News
The Vernon Daily Record
The Bryan-College Station Eagle
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October 12, 2004. February 18, 2019; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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