Missing Since: August 15, 1999 from Macon, Georgia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: September 20, 1987
Age: 11 years old
Height and Weight: 4'10, 75 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, blue eyes. Dean has a speech impediment.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue and white-striped shirt, orange or pink knit pants and clear plastic gel-type sandals.
Medical Conditions: Dean may require medical attention for unspecified reasons.
Details of Disappearance
Dean was last seen walking down Lawrence Street near her family's singlewide trailer in Macon, Georgia at approximately 8:00 p.m. on August 15, 1999. She has never been seen again. Dean said she was going to a friend's house to visit some puppies, but never arrived there. An extensive search of the area produced no clues as to her whereabouts.
Dean's mother's former boyfriend, Cody Landers, lived with her family in 1999. He was Dean's mother's fiance at the time, but they have since broken off their engagement. In October 2000, Landers was indicted on seven child molestation charges involving two children. He said that he failed a polygraph test which he took voluntarily shortly after Dean's disappearance, but claimed that the test was administered improperly. Landers called himself a suspect in Dean's case, but the police never named him as one. He is now in prison after pleading guilty to the child molestation charges. Landers has never been connected to Dean's case and no arrests have been made in her disappearance.
Some investigators feel Dean's case may be connected to the abductions and murders of Heaven Ross from Northport, Alabama in 2003 and Shannon Nicole Paulk from Prattville, Alabama in 2001. The girls are all Caucasian and were all eleven years old at the time they disappeared, and they all disappeared during the month of August from trailer parks where they lived. There was construction going on near the site of each girl's disappearance and it has been theorized that a construction worker or workers were involved in the girls' cases. Paulk was found deceased seven weeks after she went missing. Ross's remains were not recovered until late December 2006, over three years after her disappearance. Both girls' murders remain unsolved and no hard evidence links them to Dean's case.
Dean's case remains unsolved. She was a student at Alexander IV School in 1999. She has previously lived in Bibb County, Georgia. Authorities believe foul play may have been involved in her case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Macon, Georgia Office
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Twiggs County Sheriff’s Department