Jovanna Stacey Crawford
Jovanna, approximately 1981; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 38 (approximately 2017)
Date reported missing : 06/05/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/29/1979 (41)
Age at the time of disappearance: 1 year old
Height / Weight : 2'5, 30 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue and white jumpsuit.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies may spell Jovanna's first name "Jovonna" or her middle name "Stacy." Her ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Jovanna's mother's then-boyfriend, Ronald Garrett, was watching Jovanna in her family's residence in the P. T. Barnum Housing Project in the 80 block of Taylor Drive in Bridgeport, Connecticut on June 5, 1981. Jovanna's mother told him to bring Jovanna to her maternal great-grandmother, Mary Moales, who also lived in the housing project.
Garrett later stated that an unidentified boy arrived at the home at 10:20 a.m. and told Garrett that Moales had sent him to retrieve the child. He described the boy as about 10 or 11 years old, African-American, with small braids in his hair. He stated he thought he recognized the boy as a neighborhood child, and permitted him to take Jovanna. She has never been seen again.
Garrett was arrested for felony risk of injury to a minor on June 9, four days after Jovanna's disappearance, for giving her to the boy. He was convicted and sentenced to one year in prison.
Jovanna's grandparents and great-grandparents occasionally baby-sat her, but Moales never sent any person to pick her up that day in 1981. There is no evidence that the boy Garrett described even existed. He has never changed his story, however and maintains he had nothing to do with the young girl's disappearance.
Foul play is suspected in Jovanna's disappearance. She lived with her mother and brother in 1981. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Bridgeport Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
The Boston Globe
The Bridgeport News
Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. August 20, 2018; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.