Dorothy Jean Richardson, age 21, went missing from Abilene, TX on June 30, 1981. There isn’t much information available on her case, and I’ve been able to find very little to add. I don’t see any media coverage and as of this posting, DNA is not submitted. I could not find any information on her biological family, other than that her maiden name is Howard.
I think it’s possible that she doesn’t have any surviving family members. I can’t see any evidence that anyone is looking for her, and the fact that DNA is not on file makes me wonder if she has any living family.
All that is known, is that she left the house on foot following an argument with her husband. She apparently had a car, but it was inoperable, and it was left behind. She had married her husband in 1979, and he is now a registered sex offender and transient in Florida. I am not naming him here because he has not been named a suspect as far as I can see, and his current status doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Her marriage record isn’t difficult to find though.
Sometimes in situations like this, I wonder if perhaps the person isn’t actually missing. Maybe her husband reported her missing, and she did leave him and went back to her family, thus explaining why nobody seems to be looking for her. It’s unlikely after all this time, but it has happened.
There was a case several years ago of a college student who went missing. She’d left her apartment in Hawaii abruptly, leaving her belongings behind. It turned out that her landlord had reported her missing, but her family knew where she was all along. The missing person did not know she had been reported missing until she googled her name.
Elizabeth Bishop went missing from Abilene, TX about three months after Dorothy’s disappearance. Henry Lee Lucas was suspected in Elizabeth’s disappearance, though he denied involvement. I don’t know that he was ever questioned about Dorothy.
I wish there were more to say about Dorothy’s case. I hope she is ok.