Cathy Cole Sampson
Sampson, approximately 1985
Date and time person was reported missing : 08/27/1985
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/11/1946 (75)
Age at the time of disappearance: 39 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sampson may use the name Cathy Bell Cole Sampson. She has a panda bear tattooed on her left breast and a red rose tattooed on her buttocks. Her ears are pierced. She wears a full set of dentures.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sampson was last seen in Paris, Texas on August 27, 1985. She was preparing to move and left home to drive to a convenience store nearby and get boxes.
She never returned home and hours later, her twelve-year-old daughter called a family friend, who drove around looking for her until he saw Sampson's purple 1985 Pontiac at a roadside park on U.S. 82 west.
Her purse and its contents were inside the vehicle, and valuable equipment her employer had issued was in the trunk. There were no indications of a struggle. Sampson has never been heard from again.
At the time of her disappearance, Sampson lived alone with her daughter in Paris. They had moved there from Dallas, Texas the previously year and Sampson initially took a job at Kimberly-Clark Corp., but shortly before she went missing she started working as a service technician with General Electric Medical Services. She's described as a devoted mother who wouldn't have abandoned her child.
Sampson's ex-husband is not a suspect in her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
Paris Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Paris News
October 12, 2004. July 7, 2017; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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