AL AL - Diane Leigh Avera, 22, Mount Vernon, 28 May 1982

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Diana Leigh Avera

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)


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AVERA was arrested on 21 May 1982 and transferred to Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon, Alabama. This was the last known contact with AVERA and her whereabouts are unknown. It was believed for some time that the hospital and/or their law enforcement personnel had taken measures to list AVERA as missing and/or investigate the matter'; however, it was recently found that this was not the case by family members.
 
I wonder why she was arrest and why she was transferred to a hospital? Was she injured ?

Her family believed either the hospital or law enforcement personnel had filed a missing persons report and that the matter was being investigated
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however, it was recently found that this was not the case by family members.
Her NameUS entry was created on Aug 9 2020. So in nearly 40 years, her family never bother checking with the authority with her status ? This is lovely
 
Searcy Hospital - Wikipedia

Formerly a state owned and operated psychiatric hospital. Doesn’t really tell us exactly why she was transferred there at the time of her arrest. I’m no good at finding older arrest records, so maybe someone can find something regarding it.
 
I've heard of people getting arrested then being sent to be psychiatricly evaluated.

A few cases I know of was someone threatening suicide at the time of their arrest, and another case that was similar where a man having a psychotic break while in possession of a gun and was shooting at the ceiling. My examples are extreme but it's cases I personally know. I'm sure there is plenty of less extreme reasons to be sent to a hospital after an arrest.

I have no idea why there isn't more info on why she was arrested or sent to the hospital. Might be clues hidden there.

Edit: I just noticed her Doe Network profile listed her as disabled missing. My first thought is a untreated bi-polar disorder maybe? Would explain being sent to the hospital after her arrest if she had a untreated disorder.
 
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I wonder why she was arrest and why she was transferred to a hospital? Was she injured ?

and
Her NameUS entry was created on Aug 9 2020. So in nearly 40 years, her family never bother checking with the authority with her status ? This is lovely
I created her namus entry. I’m her niece. She was schizophrenic. The hospital told the family she was reported missing. When I started digging into it last year, we found out that she actually was not reported missing
 
Searcy Hospital - Wikipedia

Formerly a state owned and operated psychiatric hospital. Doesn’t really tell us exactly why she was transferred there at the time of her arrest. I’m no good at finding older arrest records, so maybe someone can find something regarding it.
She was arrested for disorderly conduct, I believe. She was transferred to SEARCY because she is schizophrenic. SEARCY then claimed she ran away, they found her, and then she ran away two days later and has never been seen again
 
I've heard of people getting arrested then being sent to be psychiatricly evaluated.

A few cases I know of was someone threatening suicide at the time of their arrest, and another case that was similar where a man having a psychotic break while in possession of a gun and was shooting at the ceiling. My examples are extreme but it's cases I personally know. I'm sure there is plenty of less extreme reasons to be sent to a hospital after an arrest.

I have no idea why there isn't more info on why she was arrested or sent to the hospital. Might be clues hidden there.

Edit: I just noticed her Doe Network profile listed her as disabled missing. My first thought is a untreated bi-polar disorder maybe? Would explain being sent to the hospital after her arrest if she had a untreated disorder.

she was arrested for disorderly conduct. And transferred to SEARCY because she is schizophrenic. SEARCY claims she ran away and has never been seen again.
 
I am Diana's Sister. I'm not sure who you are. I just wanted to connect with someone that took a interest in our Beloved Sister. NEVER WILL SHE BE FORGOTTEN, "HOPE" FOR DIANA ALWAYS.

I created her namus entry. I’m her niece. She was schizophrenic. The hospital told the family she was reported missing. When I started digging into it last year, we found out that she actually was not reported missing
Thank you both for joining the discussion here on WS about Diana’s disappearance. I’m sorry she is still missing and we’ve met under the circumstances. Thank you also for the information, there’s not a lot out there to be found. There are some very kind people here on this forum who will help in any way they can!

I would encourage you both to become a verified insider so that you can speak freely here without having to cite a source for your information. I certainly would hate for any of your comments to be deleted. I believe it’s a pretty simple process. Here is the link: Verification Process for Professional or Insider Posters

Welcome to Websleuths!
 
Thank you both for joining the discussion here on WS about Diana’s disappearance. I’m sorry she is still missing and we’ve met under the circumstances. Thank you also for the information, there’s not a lot out there to be found. There are some very kind people here on this forum who will help in any way they can!

I would encourage you both to become a verified insider so that you can speak freely here without having to cite a source for your information. I certainly would hate for any of your comments to be deleted. I believe it’s a pretty simple process. Here is the link: Verification Process for Professional or Insider Posters

Welcome to Websleuths!
Thank you for that! I did email the form in so hopefully I can be verified soon. I will gladly answer any questions anyone has if it will benefit finding Aunt Diana.
 
amandaleigh2012 has been Verified as Diane's family member and is allowed to state their knowledge and information about this case without having to provide links.

As always, please be respectful to our Verified member and if you disagree in any way with what they have to say, just move on without challenging them or arguing with them.

Thank you amandaleigh2012 and everyone for being here to discuss Diane's case.
 
Thank you for that! I did email the form in so hopefully I can be verified soon. I will gladly answer any questions anyone has if it will benefit finding Aunt Diana.

Hello Amandaleigh2012
I was wondering about your aunt. Did you she have a history of running away? Hitchhiking? anything of that nature?

I was also wondering if any relatives live out in Nevada?
 
Hello Amandaleigh2012
I was wondering about your aunt. Did you she have a history of running away? Hitchhiking? anything of that nature?

I was also wondering if any relatives live out in Nevada?
She did have a history of that. It would not be unheard of for her to hitch hike. I'm not aware of any relatives in that area.
 
There is an unidentified person case that may fit these facts from the mid 80s, NamUs UP11097. The young girl roughly matches this description and was found about 4 hours east of where Diane went missing. Sadly she is deceased but I wanted to share in case it may bring closure.
 
There is an unidentified person case that may fit these facts from the mid 80s, NamUs UP11097. The young girl roughly matches this description and was found about 4 hours east of where Diane went missing. Sadly she is deceased but I wanted to share in case it may bring closure.

Diane has been discussed as being this Jane Doe on the Jane Doe's thread GA - GA - Newton, WhtFem 522UFGA, 25-30, red white & blue bandanna, May'85

She is still not on the rule out list but they were supposed to be getting DNA from Diane's family to make a comparison.
 
This is a case i've been stuck on for a little while now. Does anyone know when the last time Diana was actually seen by family? I see the dates from the hospital and the arrest dates but i'm not finding the last time her family ACTUALLY seen her.
 
This is a case i've been stuck on for a little while now. Does anyone know when the last time Diana was actually seen by family? I see the dates from the hospital and the arrest dates but i'm not finding the last time her family ACTUALLY seen her.
This would be a good question for @amandaleigh2012.
 

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