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    FL - Diane Augat, 40, Hudson, 10 April 1998

    I'm quite surprised there wasn't a topic already. I hope it was okay to start one, as this is a haunting case.

    Missing Since: April 10, 1998 from Hudson, Pasco County, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: February 21, 1958
    Age: 40
    Height: 5'4-5'5"
    Weight: 130 lbs.
    Hair Color: Brown/Blonde/Strawberry
    Eye Color: Blue
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo on right shoulder and back, scar on abdomen, missing Appendix, Pierced ears.
    Medical Conditions: Manic depression, drug addiction and alcoholism.
    Clothing: White tanktop shirt, blue shorts, and white sneakers
    AKA: Diane Young
    Case Number: 98-15054
    Dentals: Orthopedic plate

    Augat was last seen at 11 a.m. on April, 10, 1998 when she walked away from her home. She is on medication and left her residence without it. In the years prior to her disappearance, Augat battled manic depression, drug addiction and alcoholism.

    Less than a week after her family reported her missing, the phone at her mother's home rang. Since no one was inside at the time, the answering machine clicked on. Her mother remembers the short message: "Help, help," Augat said. Then, a scuffling sound, as though someone was grabbing the phone from her hands. "Hey, gimme that," Augat said. The call ended. The caller ID gave the name of the location as "Starlight".

    A bartender at the Hay Loft Tavern at Little Road and State Road 52 reported seeing Augat on April 10. On the day that she called her family asking for help, a waitress at the Inn on the Gulf in Hudson saw Augat eating lunch

    On April 16, 1998, a pedestrian found the tip of Augat's middle right finger, which was identified by a fingerprint match, near U.S. 19 and New York Avenue in Hudson. About a week after that, a bag of her neatly folded clothes was found at an Odessa convenience store.

    One of the last places Diane Augat was seen was the Coral Sands Motel, which was managed by Gary Robert Evers. In 2001, Evers was arrested on an unrelated murder charge. Augat's family was informed that Evers was a suspect in her disappearance. Her finger was found a block away from the motel.

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/augat_diane.html

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    I agree this needed a thread. However I am not convinced about the Evers link, although I would not rule it out. It seems that the unrelated murder charge (for which Evers was sentenced to life which he is serving) was the result of him shooting a man he thought responsible for an attempted robbery where they beat his girlfriend. Unfortunately, not only did he kill the man but it also turned out he was not the robber (although he knew them). I have not seen any other behaviour by Evers indicating he would target a lone woman and this behaviour only suggests a willingness to use violence. Perhaps the LE have other reasons for linking him. I hope so as it would be unfortunate to be focused on a rather tenuous line if it distracted from other possibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alb1on View Post
    I agree this needed a thread. However I am not convinced about the Evers link, although I would not rule it out. It seems that the unrelated murder charge (for which Evers was sentenced to life which he is serving) was the result of him shooting a man he thought responsible for an attempted robbery where they beat his girlfriend. Unfortunately, not only did he kill the man but it also turned out he was not the robber (although he knew them). I have not seen any other behaviour by Evers indicating he would target a lone woman and this behaviour only suggests a willingness to use violence. Perhaps the LE have other reasons for linking him. I hope so as it would be unfortunate to be focused on a rather tenuous line if it distracted from other possibilities.
    Yes, I can't see any link between Evers and Diane's disappearance, that's not to say there isn't one, but I think the police might be clutching at straws due to the lack of solid leads.

    Does anyone else find it weird that the bag thought to belong to Diane was found in a convenience store by her brother's girlfriend? If it was Diane's bag, that must have been an uncanny coincidence or someone knew that one of Diane's connections would be visiting the store and deliberately planted it there?

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    That is an interesting case, and yes you would think something would have lead them to solving this case. The "neatly folded cloths" reminds me of a guy in Hernando that went missing in the 90's. Last name was ,Hope, I think. I used to be able to go to the unsolved on the HCSO site, but I don't see it any longer. If I remember right, he went to the Upper Deck for dinner and drinks, and disappeared after. His car was found, and his cloths were found in a neatly folded pile.
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    Charles Hope, found the link. Oh and Hernando is next to Hudson. It was 1982 so not when I remembered. But I read that his cloths were found neatly folded, in another article.

    http://www.hernandosheriff.org/Unsol...ingPersons.htm
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    Bumping.

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    The photo that they use for Diane Augat is not her. It is Kim Marie O'Connell also listed as missing on PCSO's website http://pascosheriff.com/cc1001r-m/

    Also, The time line is all off from Namus and PSCO's account of her disappearance.

    I also find it interesting that she would be listed in this top 10 group. I wonder why.
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    *bump*

    This is one of the freakier disappearances that I'm surprised more people aren't attracted to.

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    This has always been a strange case.... the Evers link cane from the Starlight Hotel, which is where Evers shot and killed the person in 2001 and convicted in 2004. He is now deceased.

    My mom mom is Diane, and this case has always left us with many more questions than answers. I have had little cooperation from PCSO. They seemed to dismiss her case as she wasn't their problem any longer.

    I dong know why my mom's case is in the top 10, but foul play was suspected in this.... unfortunately witnesses weren't credible to persue enough of the leads. Everything led to a dead end.

    My uncle's and his girlfriend's discovery is bizarre. Was it a warning? I have no idea. Was it a sick prank, I have no idea.

    I have my speculations of what is going on, but can't get through to anyone willing to help or try. I called 6 months ago and was dismissed again. Promise she of calls back and nothing. Makes you wonder.....

    i have my theory.... but in order to speculate, makes one tread carefully


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lola915 View Post
    This has always been a strange case.... the Evers link cane from the Starlight Hotel, which is where Evers shot and killed the person in 2001 and convicted in 2004. He is now deceased.

    My mom mom is Diane, and this case has always left us with many more questions than answers. I have had little cooperation from PCSO. They seemed to dismiss her case as she wasn't their problem any longer.

    I dong know why my mom's case is in the top 10, but foul play was suspected in this.... unfortunately witnesses weren't credible to persue enough of the leads. Everything led to a dead end.

    My uncle's and his girlfriend's discovery is bizarre. Was it a warning? I have no idea. Was it a sick prank, I have no idea.

    I have my speculations of what is going on, but can't get through to anyone willing to help or try. I called 6 months ago and was dismissed again. Promise she of calls back and nothing. Makes you wonder.....

    i have my theory.... but in order to speculate, makes one tread carefully
    Lola, Welcome and I'm so sorry about your mom! I hope you get some answers soon.

    Have you had DNA taken so it can be ran through Namus against unidentified persons? I hate asking but it is an avenue for you.
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    Thanks for the links, Spiritecho!

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2222dffl.html


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    Case File 2222DFFL
    Diane Louise Augat
    Missing since April 10, 1998 from Hudson, Pasco County, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing




    Vital Statistics

    • Date Of Birth: January 21, 1958
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 40 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 130 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde/red hair; blue eyes.
    • Marks, Scars: Tattoos on her back and right shoulder. Scar abdomen. Orthopedic plate. Missing appendix. Pierced ears.
    • Clothing: She was wearing a white tank top, blue shorts, white tennis shoes and coral nail polish.

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    Is she in NAMUS? If they found the fingertip, they have her DNA to enter into CODIS too. Wonder if the cold case unit is doing this?
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