NM NM - Ann Linda Riffin, 33, Mora, 13 Sept 1982

Discussion in '1980's Missing' started by Kat, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1394DFNJ


    Ann Linda Riffin
    Missing since September 13, 1982 from Mora, New Mexico.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: May 8, 1949
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 33 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 125 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    •Marks, Scars: Scar on left knee and back. Wears large, brown horn rimmed glasses.
    •Dentals: Available


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Riffin was last seen on September 13, 1982 in New Mexico, where she was living at the time. At the time of her disappearance she was on a brief vacation in the mountains, from her job in a restaurant in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
    State police found her car locked, stuck in a ditch and abandoned on a roadside September 21, 1982, a short distance from Highway 3, between Mora and Tres Ritos in New Mexico. Inside were some clothing, painting materials and some paintings Riffin had done of the New Mexico landscape. The only thing missing from the vehicle was Riffin's purse. There was no evidence of foul play in the vehicle. A woman at a gas station ten miles from where Riffin's car was found believes she saw her shortly after her disappearance. According to the witness, Riffin appeared to be alone and requested assistance. She has not been seen since.
    Her bank account and credit cards have not been used since her disappearance.

    Her parents in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey reported her disappearance to police; Montclair authorities are investigating Riffin's case although she lived in New Mexico and disappeared from there.

    Riffin was graduated from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. She had been an anthropology major who had lived on and off at home since graduation. She had once worked as a volunteer in Peru. She had had a few articles published in Israel, where she had lived for a while, and she also wrote poetry.


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

    Montclair Police Department

    Agency Case Number: 310134

    NCIC Number: M-102357389
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice
    The Record


    NamUs Profile
    Dental: NA
    DNA: Sample submitted-tests not complete
    Fingerprints: NA

    No archived articles found at this time.

    Ann has been missing almost 28 years. Come home soon.

    Attached Files:

  2. Loading...


    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    What sort of assistance did she request?
  4. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    Without a trace: 35 years after woman vanished, what happened remains a mystery


  5. jazzbo13

    jazzbo13 New Member

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    This is a fascinating case. Ann Linda Riffin was an introverted girl, born 5-8-1949 to high-achieving Jewish parents in the New York City suburb of Montclair NJ. Her father Irving was a physician, her mother Babette was a tireless community volunteer. She would grow up in the shadow of her equally high-achieving older sister. Ann was a restless and naïve woman, never staying long at one place or thing. Even at one point converting to Christianity. Her parents thought that she could have ended up with some Christian sect or cult when she first disappeared.

    6-2-1974 Received Bachelor of Arts Degree from College of William & Mary.
    Mid-May 1982 Leaves her parent’s home in Montclair, NJ, ostensibly to visit friends in Pennsylvania. She takes very few possessions. A week later her parents would receive a postcard from her from
    Oklahoma. A few days later they received a call from her from Ruidoso, NM with news of a job offer.
    6-7-1982 Starts work at Whispering Pines Restaurant in Ruidoso. Ruth Ellis is her manager. Becomes a roommate of Joan Stokes, who is the sister of Ruth Ellis. While in Ruidoso, she visits Albuquerque,
    NM twice. Her roommate, Joan Stokes said that she never talked about the trips. While in Ruidoso, Ann calls her parents every Sunday.
    9-12-1982 Ann told her roommate she was going on a two-week vacation to visit her father’s cousin and his wife in Colorado Springs, CO. Ann had discussed on the phone with her mother the idea of
    spending Yom Kippur in Colorado Springs. Yom Kippur would not begin until 9-26. Rosh Hashanah however, would begin later that week on 9-17. The trip to Colorado Springs from Ruidoso
    would be about 450 miles and take a little less than 7 hours. Her mother estimated that Ann would have had a few hundred dollars.
    9-13-1982 Reported date she was last seen. Her roommate would later report that Ann took all her possessions with her, as if she had no intention of returning.
    9-27-1982 New Mexico State Police Officer Herman Silva investigates her car, a white 1979 Chevrolet Chevette, registered to her father, Irving, pulled off the road near Holman, NM. The parked car had
    been reported to him a week earlier by a local farmer. Vehicle had a ¼ tank of gas, was locked, and seemingly undamaged.

    My questions;
    How was the car found? Parked on the roadside, or driven into a ditch? What was the apparent direction of travel. Was the vehicle operable? Drivable? Was it processed? What was the disposition of the vehicle?

    Last person to see her was a convenience store employee who stated that someone who looked like Ann had asked for assistance. On what date was that? Was that person interviewed? What kind of assistance was asked for? Was it provided? Is like to read the interview of this person.

    I don’t buy into any story about her willfully vanishing and joining a cult or religious order. Too much time has passed with no contact. She would be nearly 70. There was never any activity on her bank or credit card accounts. Ann loved the mountains and had taken up painting. I believe that she was on her way to Colorado Springs and made a side-trip attempting to travel to Taos, NM. Taos would have been less than an hour north of where her car was found. The distance from Ruidoso to where her car was found was just under 4 hours. Is it possible that she was fatigued, and pulled off the road to rest and became stuck? Had she walked to the convenience store looking for help and accepted a ride from the wrong person? Is there any way to obtain the official records?

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice