Real Name: Elizabeth Ann Campbell
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Copperas Cove, Texas
Date: April 25, 1988
Occupation: College Student
Date Of Birth: May 31, 1967
Weight: 100 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Brown eyes, black hair with small scars on forehead and chin.
Details: Elizabeth Campbell was a 20-year-old college student in Killeen, Texas, approximately 25 miles east of her hometown of Lampasas, Texas. On the night of April 25, 1988, at around 10pm after a fight with her boyfriend, she stormed out of his house but then called him forty-five minutes later from a pay phone at a convenience store in Copperas Cove asking for a ride. The two got into another argument; she then told him that she would call her parents and have them pick her up. However, she never called them and was not heard from again. When she failed to turn up, her family and friends started looking for her, distributing thousands of flyers throughout Texas. Police suspected that she may have been abducted and murdered, but her loved ones hoped that she was still alive.
Six days after she vanished, a girl matching her description was spotted by Waco convenience store worker Roger Anyon. He saw her car pull up to a gas pump and saw a man pull her into the store, holding her forcibly by her arm. He gave Roger $20 and then she looked up at him, but was not allowed to speak, and they soon left. A few days later, her mother came into the store and was certain that the girl he saw was her.
Then, a few days later at another convenience store in Copperas Cove, worker Michelle Christensen claimed to have seen her enter the store with a man, presumably the same one seen days earlier. Again, he was holding her by her arm, and made sure that she didn't talk again. She looked up at Michelle, who was certain that she was her. Authorities, however, were not convinced that she was.
On July 10, at a gas station in Garland a customer named Virgie Johnson claimed that she bumped into her as she was leaving. She acted as if she was frightened and that she was being watched by someone. When Virgie saw a picture of her, she was certain that that was her because she had a tooth that overlapped on the right side.
Her parents fear that she was abducted and is being forced to walk on the streets as a prostitute. Sociologist Lois Lee founded a group called "Children of the Night" which works with former prostitutes and woman who have been forced into prostitution rings. She believes that Elizabeth is being raped and tortured by her abductors in an attempt to strip her of her identity. She also believes that Elizabeth's abductor has put so much fear into her that she is unable to ask for help. Although years have passed since she vanished, her parents have not given up the hope of finding her.
Suspects: The man seen with the girl resembling Elizabeth is described as 5'7, 160 pounds, has acne scars on his face, may pluck his eyebrows, and would now be in his 50s. He was seen wearing a silver martial arts medallion with a gold chain. He has never been identified.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 22, 1989 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Four years after she vanished, her purse was found in the evidence room of the Crockett County Sheriff's Office in Rizolli, about 300 miles west of Copperas Cove. Authorities believe that it was turned in shortly after she vanished, but they have no record of it. They hope that someone will remember turning it in in either 1988 or 1989 and have new information about the case.
To this day, however, the case remains unsolved. If she is still alive, she would be forty-nine years old today. Her parents are now elderly and poor health, but they hope for a resolution in the case. Roger Anyon, the convenience store worker who witnessed Elizabeth with her abductor, passed away in 2009 at the age of 86.
- Elizabeth Campbell on Unsolved.com
- After 22 years, search continues for Elizabeth Campbell
- Article Detailing Elizabeth's Disappearance
- Elizabeth Campbell on the Charley Project