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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    NY - Launa Merritt, 16, Syracuse, 23 Feb 1983

    This case is now 25 years old...


    Launa Merritt
    Missing since February 23, 1983 from Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'11"; 130 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Clothing: Usually wears jeans and T-shirt.
    AKA: Tina
    Dentals: Available in NCIC

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Launa Merritt telephoned her grandmother, early in the morning of February 23, 1983, and told her she was with friends and would be home a little later. Launa said she called from a pay phone at James and Townsend streets.

    Merritt often ran away, and she had been arrested and charged with prostitution several months before she disappeared. The day after her disappearance, she was due in court on the soliciting arrest.

    Earlier, she had told her grandmother if she didn't hear from her in a month's time, to tell police about one of the men she had been hanging out with.

    Merritt used to go to East Syracuse Minoa schools, when she lived with her mother in Fremont. She dropped out of school and went to live with her grandmother. After a while she started to "hang out" downtown. Her grandmother did not believe she was involved with drugs or drinking. She is described as very trusting.

    As far as her family know, the only thing she had with her when she disappeared was a grocery bag of clothes. Her makeup and toothbrush were left at home. She also had no money with her.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Syracuse Police Department

    NCIC Number: M-098160047

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

    Source Information:
    Syracuse Herald-Journal
    The Doe Network: Case File 2447DFNY



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    I live here in Syracuse and back at that time I lived close to the area where she went missing at the same time. Its not a good area..We are the same age..I did not remember her,but I could have met her at a party-but I am wondering if the man she told her grandmother is someone I know..they both are from the E.Syracuse area..I was hoping a family member would be here, so I could ask about this man.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Updated NCMEC with age progression...

    DOB: Oct 10, 1966
    Age Now: 46
    Missing: Feb 22, 1983
    Missing From:
    United States
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Brown
    Height: 4'11" (150cm)
    Weight: 145lbs (66kg)

    Launa's photo is shown age-progressed to 44 years. She was last seen on February 22, 1983. She may be in the company of an adult male. Launa has a surgical scar on her abdomen. She may go by the alias name's Tina, Colleen, or Lisa.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Launa has been missing for 33 years now.

    Charley Project


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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Laissez les bons temps rouler
    for Launa

    Help Identify Lake Pontchartrain Jane Doe - Slidell, Louisiana - June 19, 1986

    Red/Brown (Auburn) Hair, 5'2-5'4, 20-30 yrs old, perfect teeth absence of wisdom, Scars; right knee, abdomen, right wrist, prior right hip injury, possible nose surgery, breast implants, 8-12 wks pregnant, marking of a ring left hand ring finger

    LSU Faces: http://identifyla.lsu.edu/profile.php?id=383
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