Cynthia Dawn Kinney, age 16, went missing from Pawhuska, Oklahoma on June 23, 1976.
Cynthia was last seen at her job, at the Osage Laundromat on Main Street, which was owned by her aunt and uncle.
According to witnesses, she left the premises at approximately 9:30am, getting into a faded beige Plymouth Belvedere. A half eaten donut and her purse were left behind.
Accounts differ as to who else was in the car, with one stating there was a man and a woman, and another stating there were two women.
There was a bank under construction across the street from the laundromat, and one of the workers provided a description of a man and two women who he believed left with Cynthia.
There were no credible leads in the early days of her disappearance, though there were unconfirmed sightings of Cynthia which suggested she was traveling with a religious group.
In 1991, authorities were investigating the 1960’s disappearance of Maxine Beatrice Green, who is believed to have been murdered by her husband, Hobart Jess “Punch” Green. As searches were being conducted on property owned by Mr. Green, a woman reported that she had seen Hobart Green with Cynthia minutes before she disappeared.
At the time of the search, Hobart Green was serving a life sentence for killing his 20 month son in 1985. Police expressed a desire to go to the prison to question him about Cynthia, but it’s unclear whether that occurred. It’s also not clear whether Green fit the description of the man seen at the laundromat.
Cynthia had a stable home life, and was going to be a cheerleader in the upcoming school year. She had lived in Liberal, Kansas before moving to Oklahoma. Her family hired private investigators, and consulted psychics, but never learned Cynthia’s fate.
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