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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    PA - Andrea Coyle, 30, Altoona, 19 Dec 1978

    Andrea Jean Coyle

    Missing since December 19, 1978 from Altoona, Pennsylvania

    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: March 13, 1948
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 30 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 130 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female.
    Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Marks, Scars: None known.
    Clothing: Woolrich plaid jacket, blue jeans, tan knit cap and brown shoes.
    Medical: Past mental health issues.
    Dentals/Fingerprints: Available.
    AKA: Andrea Duree

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Andrea Coyle left her residence in Bellwood, PA for the Woodrow Wilson School, an adult learning school in Altoona, PA, on December 19, 1978 at 08.00. She apparently left the school prior to 12.00 and has not been seen or heard from since.

    Coyle was in the U.S Army from September 2, 1974 to February 28, 1975. Coyle was being treated on a voluntary basis, at the mental health wing of the Altoona Hospital, at the time of her disappearance.

    She had left home on a prior occasion, and was located in Washington D.C. after she was arrested. After her arrest she was admitted to St. Elizabeth Hospital, in D.C., by court order. She stayed there from August to October 1976.

    She would often hitchhike with truck drivers. She may be traveling throughout the Eastern part of U.S.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police - Hollidaysburg Trooper Richard J. Brozenich 814-696-6100

    Agency Case Number: G1-91382

    NCIC Number: M-361786574

    Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    Pennsylvania State Police

    The Doe Network: Case File 2495DFPA



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    Why was she in the Army such a short time?

    And why was she "arrested" prior to placement in St. Elizabeths?

  3. #3
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    Jul 2004
    Missing woman’s family yearns for closure in case
    By Amanda Clegg, aclegg@altoonamirror.com POSTED: December 19, 2008 Save | Print | Email | Read comments | Post a comment
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    Name: Andrea Jean Coyle or Duree

    Nickname: Andi

    Age at time of disappearance: 30

    Description in 1978: White female, 5'4'' and 130 pounds, brown hair and eyes, no known marks or scars, wearing a Woolrich plaid jacket, blue jeans, tan knit cap and brown shoes.

    Last known address: 705 E. Sixth St., Bellwood.
    The Coyle family may never know what happened to Andrea Jean.

    Thirty years ago today, the then-30-year-old Woodrow Wilson Adult Learning School student disappeared from Altoona and hasn't been heard from since.

    Bringing attention to the case may lead to a break for local police and closure for the family.

    Andrea Coyle, who also was known by her married name Duree and the nickname Andi, disappeared Dec. 19, 1978.

    She was living with her now-deceased grandparents, Matthew and Eleanor Luse, in Bellwood at the time, and attended the Woodrow Wilson School in the Garden Heights section of Altoona.

    Trooper Richard J. Brozenich of the Hollidaysburg barracks is the most recent officer on the case.

    ''You always wonder what really did happen,'' he said. ''Did she want to disappear or did somebody harm her?''

    In 30 years, police have had no leads, but Brozenich recently made progress when he located Coyle's sister Molly Coyle and their parents, Jean and John Coyle, who all live in Texas.

    Molly Coyle believes her sister is dead, but wants she closure.

    ''I've almost always felt she was already gone,'' she said, adding that she thinks about and prays for her sister, who would have turned 60 in March. ''That's all I can do.''

    Molly Coyle said her mom will submit a swab test to the FBI so her DNA is on file for identification purposes. The case is listed on the Doe Network at www .doenetwork.org, and Andrea Coyle's dental records are in the National Crime Information Center.

    In a phone interview two days before the anniversary of her sister's disappearance, Molly Coyle talked about her sister and growing up in a military family.

    ''We were exact opposites - she was the introvert, I was the extrovert,'' Molly Coyle said. She said her sister suffered a nervous breakdown and in 1971 underwent shock treatments. She said the hospital stopped at No. 8 out of the 15 treatments a doctor had prescribed.

    ''My sister was destroyed mentally,'' Molly Coyle said, noting not much was known about mental illness at the time. ''She never did recover.''

    Andrea Coyle married in 1972 or 1973, and Molly Coyle said the courtship happened fast. When her husband went to work for 16-hour days, Andrea was left home alone, which was when problems would arise, Molly said.

    Andrea Coyle attempted suicide in September 1973, causing her husband to take her to the hospital, pack up her belongings then put her on a plane back to her parents.

    Her sister hitchhiked all over the country, she said. In 1974, Andrea Coyle showed up at Molly Coyle's doorstep in Salt Lake City, where she was living while working as a flight attendant, with nothing but the clothes on her back. Molly Coyle put her sister up in a hotel while she went on a three-day work trip, but when she returned, Andrea Coyle was gone and showed up again a week later.

    ''She always did this,'' Molly Coyle said.

    The family usually heard from Andrea Coyle every four to six months.

    Andrea was in the Army from Sept. 2, 1974, to Feb. 28, 1975, when she was medically discharged.

    In 1976, Andrea Coyle was arrested in Washington, D.C., for a petty crime, and her grandparents brought her home to serve out her probation.

    ''You could tell my sister

    wasn't normal,'' Molly Coyle said, adding that if she took medication, she was OK.

    ''We didn't know what to do,'' she said. ''How do you handle this?''

    Molly Coyle said Andrea Coyle could not find work in Altoona, and her probation was up in late 1978, about the time of her disappearance.

    Molly said Andrea went to school the day she disappeared to turn in her books and get her grades. She never did the latter. She said Andrea took all the cash she had with her, but no ID. Molly said her mom also remembers something about Andrea buying a flower in the area.

    Molly Coyle said her mom also received a letter a year later from a cult called the Mooney Organization addressed to Andrea.

    Brozenich said police will not close the case until the possibility of her being alive is ''pretty slim.'' She would have to be in her 90s or 100s before they would close it.

    Molly said she promised her 81-year-old mom and 84-year-old father that if her sister is not found by the time she starts planning for her own death, she will have her declared dead and get her a headstone.


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    Sep 2004
    bumping case up...

  5. #5
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    I wonder if that shock therapy blew holes in her memory or her mental health. It's different now then it was back then, but even now, though it can really help some people, it can have the other effect sadly.
    Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.---Patrick Moynihan
    Living in the

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    Southwestern Maine is home but I'm not there nearly often enough
    Quote Originally Posted by thefragile7393 View Post
    I wonder if that shock therapy blew holes in her memory or her mental health.
    Difficult to say without knowledge of her mental state prior to the therapy.

  7. #7
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    Sep 2004
    Bumping this case up. Next month will mark the 35 year anniversary of Andrea's disappearance.

  8. #8
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    May 2012
    Andrea Jean Coyle

    Above Images: Coyle, circa 1978

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: December 19, 1978 from Altoona, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: March 13, 1948
    Age: 30 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4, 130 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Coyle may go by her married name, Andrea Duree. Her nickname is Andi.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A plaid Woolrich jacket, blue jeans, a tan knit cap and brown shoes.
    Medical Conditions: Coyle has a history of mental illness. She had a nervous breakdown in 1971, was hospitalized and received shock treatments. In 1973, she attempted suicide. Her sister stated she was functional as long as she took her psychiatric medication.

    Details of Disappearance
    Coyle was last seen on December 19, 1978. She was living with her grandparents in the 700 block of east Sixth Street in Bellwood, Pennsylvania at the time. She left home at 8:00 a.m. and went to the Woodrow Wilson Adult Learning School in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where she was a student. She went there to turn in her textbooks and collect her grades. Coyle left the school sometime prior to noon and has never been heard from again. She never picked up her grades. She took all her cash with her, but left behind her identification. Coyle's sister stated Coyle's never fully recovered from her 1971 nervous breakdown. The hospital she stayed in during that time gave her eight shock treatments, which her sister claims "destroyed" her mentally. In 1972 or 1973, Coyle got married. She attempted suicide in September 1973 and her husband packed up her belongings and sent her home to her parents. She hitchhiked all over the country afterwards, and her family heard from her at intervals of months. Coyle served in the U. S. Amy from September 1974 to February 1975, when she was discharged on medical grounds. In 1976, she was arrested for a petty crime in Washington D. C., and committed to a hospital, where she stayed from August to October 1976. She was placed on probation; the probation was completed around the time of her disappearance. At the time of her disappearance, Coyle was being treated on a voluntary basis in the psychiatric ward of Altoona Hospital.
    Coyle frequently hitchhiked with truck drivers in 1978. She traveled all around the country and usually only contacted her family every four to six months. She may be traveling across the eastern United States, but authorities believe she's probably deceased.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police


  9. #9
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    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    I am wondering if the married name (Duree) is incorrect. Ancestry shows the marriage (on 13 January 1973 in El Paso) to Allan R Durre. This spelling is backed up by other records on Ancestry for Mr Durre. The relevance would be if Andrea was using her married name any searches would be misdirected. There is an Ancestry record for an Andrea Durre living in San Antonio in 1993/94 (this from the US phone and address directories on Ancestry) but there are no other records and it may be an unrelated individual. There is also a marriage record for Allen R Durre in Nevada in 1998, which may mean a divorce was formalised at some point.

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