Debora Jean Howard
Howard, approximately 1976; George McCraney
Date reported missing : 09/24/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Live Oak, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 07/20/1956 (65)
Age at the time of disappearance: 20 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a Suwanee High School class ring.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies spell Howard's first name "Deborah." Her nickname is Debbie. She has a mole or birthmark on her hip, and her teeth were in excellent condition at the time of her disappearance. She wears prescription eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Howard last seen in Live City, Florida on September 24, 1976. She went to a Lake City, Florida bar with her boyfriend, George Allen McCraney, and some friends that night. According to McCraney, they returned to their Live Oak home and the next morning she packed some bags and left. She has never been heard from again.
McCraney was convicted of multiple violent offenses after Howard's disappearance. He is currently in prison serving a life sentence on unrelated charges of armed robbery, attempted rape and attempted murder. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.
Authorities believe he was involved in Howard's disappearance and that she met with foul play, but he has never been charged. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Suwannee County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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