01-26-2008, 01:21 AM #1Former Member
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Marie Ann Blee (15) - Craig CO, 1979
Missing Since: November 21, 1979 from Craig, Colorado
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: April 16, 1964
Age: 15 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Blee had a dental retainer in 1979, but was not wearing it at the time she went missing. Her orthodontic braces were removed three months prior to her disappearance.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A v-neck top with a purple collar, a brown velveteen vest, blue jeans, a green ski jacket, and a leather rope necklace with three handmade multicolored beads.
Details of Disappearance
Blee attended a 4-H dance at the Pavilion in Craig, Colorado on November 21, 1979. Afterwards she went to a party at the Shadow Mountain Village mobile home park with her friend, Marty Dean Doolin. Some of Blee's female friends were with them also, and became alarmed because people at the party were using drugs and most of the guests were male. Blee's girlfriends decided to leave as a result, but Blee elected to stay. Doolin later told investigators that Blee said she had a ride back to her hometown of Hayden, Colorado with an unidentified driver between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. on November 21. Doolin stated that this was the last time he saw Blee. Other witnesses placed Blee at a store in Craig in the early morning hours; however, many of the partygoers' statements conflicted one another and there is still confusion as to when Blee was last seen. Blee's parents filed a missing person's report with the police in Hayden when she did not return home the following morning. She has never been heard from again.
Police initially suspected that Blee had run away from home, but her parents said it was not in her character to do so. Authorities have admitted that the initial investigation into her disappearance was mishandled and crucial witnesses and possible suspects were not interviewed.
A week after Blee's disappearance, Doolin was arrested on extortion charges. He admitted to calling Blee's family and demanding $5,000 for their daughter's safe return. Doolin pleaded guilty to telephone harassment and was sentenced to six months in jail and two years on probation. He was lated convicted of an unrelated sexual assault. He maintains that he knows nothing about Blee's disappearance and made the call only to give her family hope that she was still alive.
Numerous rumors have circulated about Blee's disappearance, ranging from voluntary disappearance to murder. There has been speculation for years that Blee died of a drug overdose at the party and her body was buried somewhere in Craig. Authorities said that witnesses' statements supported that theory. Her case was reopened by authorities in 1999 and excavations to this point have been unsuccessful at locating any evidence connected to her disappearance.
Blee was in the 10th grade at Hayden High School at the time she went missing; she was a good student. She is a former Girl Scout and a member of 4-H, and she helped manage her school wrestling team. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Moffat County Sheriff's Office
Routt County Sheriff's Office
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