Real Name: Cynthia Jane Anderson
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Date: August 4, 1981
Occupation: Legal Secretary
Date of Birth: February 4, 1961
Weight: 115 lbs
Marital Status: Dating
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Details: In 1980, 20-year-old Cindy Anderson was plagued by several bizarre and frightening dreams in which she was abducted from her home and murdered by a stranger. She told her mother about her dreams, but the mother did not take them seriously. The nightmares plagued her for the next year.
On August 4, 1981, Cindy arrived at the legal office where she worked as a secretary. During the mornings, she normally worked alone, so she always kept the door locked. At 12 pm, two of her coworkers arrived to find the office empty. One of her coworkers was surprised to find that the book she was reading was opened to the only violent part of the book, and found other evidence that suggested that she met with foul play. It appeared that she had been abducted, despite having all of the doors to the office locked and an alarm to alert the store next door.
Her family found no reason for her to disappear, especially because she was raised in a strict religious environment. Also, she was planning on quitting her job in two weeks and going to a bible college with her boyfriend. Her father did, however, notice that she had been dieting and focusing more on her appearance around the time of her vanishing.
When investigating the case, police found that the only items missing were her car keys and purse, and that there was no evidence of forced entry or struggle in the office. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance, and she has never been found.
Suspects: A client of Cindy's, Larry Mullins, claimed that the day before she vanished, she received a strange call from an unidentified person and that she was apparently upset or scared by the caller. The caller phoned the office twice while Larry was there. Larry asked her if there was something wrong, and she stated that they had been receiving several similar phone calls. However, she did not say what the phone calls were about. It is unknown if these calls are connected to the case.
Another lead police had was about an unidentified man writing "I Love You Cindy - By GW" on a wall near her office. She had first noticed the writing ten months before her disappearance. The sign had been visible for six months before it was covered up. Cindy was disturbed when, just a few weeks later, the same message appeared again. Police were uncertain if the message had anything to do with her disappearance. They did question several people with the initials GW, including a maintenance man who happened to have keys to the legal office. However, there was no evidence that could directly tie him to Cindy's disappearance.
In September 1981, a month after she vanished, police received an anonymous tip that claimed that she was being held against her will. The tipster appeared nervous and refused to give the investigator her name. The tipster claimed that Cindy was being held in the basement of a white house. She claimed that there were two houses side-by-side that were owned by the same family. Apparently, the family was out of town, but the son was home and he was the one holding her captive. However, the tipster did not give the address of the house. When the investigator tried to ask her for more information, the call ended. A few minutes later, the tipster called back. When another investigator tried to listen on the extension, the tipster again hung up the phone. She has not called back since, and it is unknown if her information is legitimate.
After Cindy vanished, nine people were indicted on drug-trafficking charges, and many suspected that she knew one of them and was killed because she knew too much about the drugs. None of these theories have been confirmed, however.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 3, 1990 episode.
Results: Unresolved. The person who wrote the spray-painted message has since been identified and is not believed to have any connection with the case.
Jose Rodriguez Jr. is a suspect in the case and was one of the nine people indicted on the drug charges. Rodriguez had connections to Cindy's law office; in fact, Cindy's employer, Richard Neller, had previously represented him. In 1995, while he was on trial for the drug charges, a witness testified that he had confessed to killing Cindy. Rodriguez allegedly killed her to "send a message" to Neller because he did not adequately represent him at his previous trial. However, police could not confirm this confession and her case still remains officially unsolved. Both Neller and Rodriguez are currently serving prison sentences for drug trafficking and remain suspects in this case.
Cindy's father has since passed away in 2008. Cindy's mother passed away in 1982, prior to the broadcast.
- Cynthia Anderson on Unsolved.com
- Article on the 30th anniversary of Cindy's disappearance
- Cynthia's case on The Charley Project