Wanda jean mays

Wanda Jean Mays

Real Name: Wanda Jean Mays
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Guntersville, Alabama
Date: May 12, 1986


Occupation: Unrevealed
Date of Birth: 1959 or 1960
Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Characteristics: Unrevealed


Details: Twenty-six-year-old Wanda Jean Mays had suffered two anxiety attacks after she began dieting. She was overwhelmed with unknown fears and anxiety when she vanished on May 12, 1986. The night before she vanished, she had dinner with her parents near Lake Guntersville, and they said that she seemed fine. At 8:00pm, she visited her aunt and uncle Betty and Ty Dorman, who persuaded her to stay the night. The next morning, Betty awoke and knocked on Wanda's door, but received no answer. She woke up Ty and he was also unable to open the door, so they had their grandson John kick the door open. Inside the room, they found everything in disarray and the window broken from the inside. Ty ran down to the lake and saw Wanda's torn and bloody nightgown on the dock. The family called the police and a search began for Wanda's body in the lake. Her family members did not believe she drowned as she was an excellent swimmer. Later that day, a canoe was found with Wanda's blood in it. At 10:00am, homicide investigators came upon the scene, but they were unable to come up with a good explanation as to what had happened. When they investigated the room Wanda was in, they found that her bed had not been slept in, her clothes were neatly laid on a chair, and the window was clearly broken from the inside. What investigators could not determine was how everyone in the house could sleep through Wanda breaking through two panes of glass. Authorities believe that Wanda had another anxiety attack and ran away, got into the canoe and then went to another side of the lake. They believe that she may have taken some clothes from a clothes line on the other side of the lake and wandered around the Lake Guntersville area. At around 10am, a witness saw a tall young girl walking along Route 22 not far from where Wanda had vanished, wearing baggy clothing, and looking as if she had just gone swimming. The next day at a convenience store in Huntsville, Alabama, thirty miles away, a girl matching Wanda's description was seen sitting in a car with two unidentified men, looking frightened. Ten minutes later, the witness saw the woman talking on a pay phone; the witness was convinced that it was Wanda. Authorities and Wanda's family are uncertain if Wanda met with foul play or even if she is still alive.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 25, 1987 episode.
Results: Solved. Seventeen years after her disappearance, Wanda's remains were found beneath a 150-foot cliff. It's believed she had a panic attack, the second of two in her life and ran away to the cliff where she fell to her death. It would be another four years before her remains were identified by the FBI.

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