Atterbury, approximately 1981
Date reported missing : 06/27/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Castle Rock, Colorado
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/05/1956 (65)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 111 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Atterbury's nickname is Cindy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Atterbury was last seen near Pike National Forest in Castle Rock, Colorado on June 27, 1981. She disappeared with her boyfriend, Oscar Joseph "Joe" McNear Jr. The couple were originally from Springfield, Illinois, and moved to Colorado in May 1981. Neither of them contacted their families in Illinois after the move; they were never heard from again.
Investigators believe they were shot to death in an argument with two men from Springfield. Police got tips that their bodies were placed in 55-gallon drums and buried on property owned by one of the suspects in the Rocky Mountain foothills, half a mile south of South Platte, Colorado. A search of the area in 1985 turned up nothing, however.
No one has ever been charged in McNear and Atterbury's cases; their disappearances remain unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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