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: Unrevealed
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 and murdered by a stranger. On August 4, 1981, she arrived at the legal office where she worked when she mysteriously vanished, presumed to be abducted, despite having all of the doors to the office locked and an alarm to alert the store next door. She was discovered missing after 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. Her family found no reason for her to disappear, especially because she was raised in a strict religious environment. Police found that the only items missing were her car keys and purse, and that there was no evidence of forced entry. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance, and she has never been found.
Suspects: A client of Cindy's claimed that the day before she vanished, she received a strange call from an unidentified person and that she was apparently scared by the caller. Another lead police had was about an unidentified man writing "I Love You Cindy" on a wall near her office. Police were uncertain if the message had anything to do with her disappearance. A month after she vanished, police received an anonymous tip that claimed that she was being held against her will. After she 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. In 1995, while he was on trial for the drug charges, a witness testified that he had confessed to killing Cindy. However, police could not confirm this confession and her case still remains unsolved.
- Cynthia Anderson on Unsolved.com
- Article on the 30th anniversary of Cindy's disappearance
- Cynthia's case on The Charley Project