03-09-2009, 04:37 PM #1Former member
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FL - Linda Carroll, 24, Crestview, 25 Sept 1984
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 25, 1984 from Crestview, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: March 10, 1960
Age: 24 years old
Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Strawberry-blonde hair, green eyes. Carroll was a non-smoker in 1984. She has a scar on her right hip and a large gap between her two upper front teeth.
Details of Disappearance
Carroll was last seen in Crestview, Florida on September 25, 1984. Neighbors heard screams coming from her house that day. She was missed the following day when she did not show up for work. She has never been heard from again.
Carroll was going through a bitter divorce at the time of her disappearance and was fighting with her husband over custody of their children. Few details are available in her case, which remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
The Doe Network
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
03-09-2009, 04:38 PM #2Former member
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If you have information about a missing or wanted person, do not take action on your own!
You may contact the reporting agency at (850) 651-7400. [If you wish to report a tip without disclosing your name, you may do so.]
Name LINDA KAY CARROLL
Reporting Agency Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Agency Case Number C841832
Date of Last Contact 09/24/1984
Date of Birth 03/10/1960
Hair Color BLOND OR STRAWBERRY
Eye Color GREEN
Scars, Marks or Tattoos SCAR, HIP, RIGHT
Last Known Address
City and State CRESTVIEW, FLORIDA
03-09-2009, 04:39 PM #3Former member
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COLD CASE SERIES: 1984 case still a mystery
Comments 19 | Recommend 10
March 8, 2009 - 9:40 PM
CRESTVIEW - Linda Kay Carroll would have celebrated her 49th birthday next Tuesday. Her grandchildren might have played at her feet while she laughed with friends and family gathered around a cake.
In reality, her own children barely remember Carroll and her family fears the community has forgotten about the woman they've spent the past 25 years trying to find.
About 30 minutes after she was dropped off at her home about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 1984, neighbors heard screams coming from her home on Kingston Road. Her parents in Pensacola reported the young woman missing two days later after she didn't show up for work.
Not the life she'd imagined
At 24, Carroll was living alone in her home at Box 55-I Kingston Road with no electricity. She was working for the first time in her life at Showell Farms Inc., a poultry packing plant near DeFuniak Springs and had just gotten her driver's license, though she didn't have a car.
"We know she would not have just left," said Carroll's aunt, Marsha Ankeney. "I know everyone says that about missing people, but she wouldn't have even known how to leave."
Carroll's sister Cheryl Penrod said Carroll was an introvert who didn't have many friends. She said although her sister, the oldest of five, was funny and silly when she was with family members, she was quiet around others.
In February 1984, Carroll and her husband David Carroll bought the Kingston Road home in Crestview. The couple had already been married about five years and had two children, 4-year-old Melissa and 2-year-old Jason.
Family members said the marriage had gotten rocky and Carroll actually left her husband in July 1984 for a very short period of time. One night in August 1984 while Carroll was taking a shower, David packed the children's belongings in pillow cases and left, Ankeney said.
"She was devastated," Ankeney said. "Her children were her life."
With no job experience, it was hard for Carroll to find employment. She began working at Showell Farms at the end of August and was giving most of her money to an attorney who was aiding her at getting her children returned.
"She chose that over having electricity and other things at her home," Ankeney said. "If I had known she was living like that, I would have had her over. I would have insisted."
Ankeney said her niece wouldn't leave the home because she hoped her husband would return with the children.
‘She was just gone'
Because there was no electricity at Carroll's home, she'd laid her work jumpsuit across the back of a chair in the dining room and arranged her work books and fresh socks nearby so she could dress in the dark.
When her ride to work arrived Sept. 26, 1984, Carroll wasn't at home. She never arrived to pick up her last paycheck.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators found her purse and shoes gone from the home and her bed had been stripped clean. The sheets were missing.
Family members noticed an unusual note in the kitchen left to Carroll's brother Tim. It said she'd gone to Baker to do laundry and asked that he wait for her. Tim was supposed to visit his older sister on the day she went missing, but wasn't able to make it.
The last time anyone reported seeing or hearing Carroll was about 9 p.m. Sept. 25, 1984 when neighbors heard screams coming from her home followed by the sound of a vehicle accelerating away.
According to a case synopsis from the Sheriff's Office, Dennis Carroll had stopped by his wife's home the night she went missing, but an interview with him didn't produce any leads. He told investigators Carroll wasn't home, so he left and drove to his mother's home in Meridian, Miss.
"She was just gone," Penrod said. "We just need to know what happened."
Still an active investigation
Shortly after Carroll was reported missing, dozens of people searched wooded areas surrounding Carroll's home and on Eglin Air Force Base's reservation.
A handful of Jane Does appeared in the south after Carroll's disappearance that roughly matched her description, but each time, the glimmer of hope she'd been found faded.
More than two decades have past, but it doesn't mean investigators aren't still pursuing leads to try and help Carroll's family answer their questions.
In 1984, then Sheriff's Office Sgt. J.R. Griffith said the contradictions investigators found at Carroll's home were puzzling. He said the missing sheets suggested she'd been carried from the home, but her missing shoes and purse suggested she'd walked out.
"It's frustrating because back in 1984 the technology wasn't there," said Sheriff's Office Investigator Mike Irwin.
Irwin has been assigned to Carroll's case for several years and said the case is active and he's working with another law enforcement agency.
"There will be steps taken in the future that will hopefully get us to the next level," Iriwn said. "We anticipate moving forward with it, but that doesn't mean there'll be an arrest anytime soon."
Because the case is active, Irwin was careful not to say anything that might jeopardize future investigation.
"It's been frustrating for law enforcement and it's frustrating for the family," Irwin said of the circumstantial evidence in the case. "She vanished without a trace. We're hoping for the best."
Carroll's family said an arrest is secondary to finding her.
"At this point, her mother just wants to know where her daughter's remains are," Ankeney said. "She knows she's not going to see her alive again. She just wants to bring her home."
Anyone who has information on this case is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 888-654-8447. Callers do not have to leave their name and could be eligible for a cash reward.
03-09-2009, 04:47 PM #4Former member
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09-17-2010, 01:53 PM #5
This month marks 26 years since Linda went missing. Come home soon.
01-09-2014, 12:37 AM #6
Does anyone know if Linda's ex-husband and two children stayed in the Gulf Coast or if they had relocated after her disappearance?
11-17-2014, 12:27 PM #7Registered User
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Bumping for Linda and hoping she will be located soon!
Maybe enough time has passed that someone with info. might come forward, perhaps even anonymously, just to give her family and themselves, peace of mind.
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09-24-2016, 06:12 PM #9
Sisters seek closure in Crestview woman's disappearance
Sept. 25, 2016 marks 32 years since the disappearance of 24-year-old Linda Kay Carroll of Crestview.
The young mother of two was last seen at her home on Kingston Road the night of Sept. 25 1984. Investigators found the bed sheets missing on her bed and human hair on a striker plate of a doorjamb.
Now, Linda’s family hopes that someone will come forward with any information that might indicate where Linda’s body was left. Their main hope is simply to bring Linda home for a proper burial near her family.
They’ll also hold a remembrance vigil for Linda at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the OCSO Livingston Building at the intersection of Highway 85 and Highway 90 in Crestview.
Anyone with information on the disappearance and death of Linda Carroll is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, 651-7400, or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or by submitting a mobile tip through the P3 Tips mobile application.
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