Missing Since: August 16, 1996 from Milan, Tennessee
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 17, 1982
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5'4, 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. McDaniel has a strawberry birthmark on the underside of her lower left arm.
Clothing Description: Possibly a t-shirt and boxer shorts, probably no shoes or socks.
Details of Disappearance
McDaniel returned to her family's home in Milan, Tennessee at approximately 12:30 a.m. on August 16, 1996 after a church party. A chaperone dropped her off there and watched her go into the house. Other family members arrived at their residence at approximately 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. and discovered that the back door was open. There was no sign of McDaniel inside the house and she has never been heard from again. Foul play is suspected in McDaniel's case.
A sketch of a possible suspect in McDaniel's disappearance is posted below. He is described as being in his early twenties in 1996, with a dark complexion, dark hair and dark eyes. He was approximately 6'0 and weighed 165 to 170 pounds. The suspect had a scar underneath his right eye and wore an earring in his right ear. He has never been identified.
In March 1998, more than eighteen months after McDaniel vanished, the evidence of psychics and cadaver dogs prompted police to drain a west Tennessee farm pond in search of her body. The 3 1/2 acre pond is a popular hangout for teenagers. Nothing was found there, however, except animal bones and a pair of pants and shirt that did not belong to McDaniel. There were two unconfirmed sightings of McDaniel in her hometown after her disappearance. Witnesses said the girl was accompanied by an unidentified man in his twenties when spotted. Authorities do not know if the girl was actually McDaniel or another young female. McDaniel's case remains unsolved.