Real Name: Angela Marie Hammond
Location: Clinton, Missouri
Date: April 4, 1991
Occupation: Bank clerk and college student
Date of Birth: February 9, 1971
Height: 4' 11"
Weight: 120 lbs
Marital Status: Engaged
Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes
Details: Angela Hammond, 20, was four months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. She was engaged to be married to Rob Shafer, an athlete who planned to be a in the military. At around 10 pm on April 4, 1991, she dropped Rob off at his home after a barbecue. The two planned to meet later after Rob's mother got home from work. Rob was babysitting his brother at the time.
She spent some time with a friend and at 11:15 pm, she called Rob from a payphone seven blocks from his house. While talking on the phone, she noticed a suspicious man circle the block several times in a green Ford pickup truck. It then pulled up beside her. The man got out and used the phone before getting back into his truck. He took out a flashlight and flashed it around the area, looking for something. Angela asked him if he needed to use the phone, and he replied that she could carry on and he'd try it again in a minute.
Then, out of nowhere, there was a scream from Angela. Rob dropped the phone and got in his car to save her. He drove towards the pay phone and the abductor's truck sped past him, going the other direction. Somebody (possibly Angela) yelled out his name from it. He threw his car in reverse and damaged his transmission. He followed the truck two miles before his transmission failed as he turned right. Unfortunately, the truck got away and Angela was never seen again.
An extensive search began for Angela, the abductor, and the truck. They checked hundreds of trucks matching the description, but none could be identified as the suspect vehicle. With few leads in the case, investigators questioned Rob's story. At first, no witnesses were found to corroborate his account. A polygraph examination on Rob indicated that he was telling the truth. Two witnesses came forward, seeing a truck and suspicious person around the phone booths shortly before Angela's disappearance. Within a week, Rob was cleared.
Angela's abduction may have been connected to two other nearby kidnapping/murders earlier in the year in Missouri. One involved a forty-two-year-old convenience store worker named Trudy Darby near Macks Creek, who was robbed and kidnapped on January 19, 1991 and whose body was discovered two days later. She had been raped and shot twice in the head. Another involved Cheryl Kenney, 30, another convenience store worker in Nevada, who was kidnapped on February 27. She has not been seen since.
Investigators hold out little hope that either Angela or Cheryl are alive; however, there have been several unconfirmed sightings of Angela in the weeks following her disappearance.
Suspects: Rob Shafer was initially considered a suspect in Angela's disappearance. However, he was later cleared. According to Rob, Angela, and the other witnesses, Angela’s abductor is described as an a old, white bearded man with glasses who drove an older late 60s to early 70s model two-tone Ford pickup with the mural of a fish jumping out of water on the back window. Rumors are he may have been serial killer Kenneth McDuff, whose killing spree spanned from 1966 to 1992, but this is unconfirmed.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 5, 1992 episode. It was also featured on The Maury Povich Show.
Results: Unsolved. Trudy's murder was eventually solved when Jesse Rush, 15, and Marvin Chaney, 29, were convicted of it, but Cheryl and Angela's cases still remain unsolved. One rumor suggests Angela was murdered and thrown into a well in the old artesian park in Clinton, Missouri, close to the site of a very old water ride, but it is unknown if this has been explored.
A reward is being offered for leads in Angela's case.
- Angela Hammond on Unsolved.com
- Angela Hammond on MySpace
- Angela Hammond on the Doe Network
- Angela Hammond on the Charley Project