Deborah Jean Swanson
Swanson, approximately 1986
Date reported missing : 03/29/1986
Missing location (approx) :
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 07/30/1954 (67)
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Swanson's ears are pierced. Her nickname is Debbie.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Swanson was a special education teacher in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1986. She was last seen walking near the entrance to Tubbs Hill trail at 4:40 p.m. on March 29, 1986. Authorities believe she went there to go jogging.
Swanson's vehicle was found locked and abandoned in the Third Street parking lot near Tubbs Hill later that day. A K-Mart shopping bag was in the trunk and her purse was inside the car, but there was no sign of Swanson, and the car keys were missing and have never been found.
She missed appointments over the following two days, March 30 and 31, and was reported missing on April 1. Swanson has never been heard from again. Extensive searches of the area produced no clues as to her whereabouts.
Investigators believe Swanson was taken against her will; foul play is suspected in her case. Other women have been attacked on the trail where she was last seen, but the attacks have not been linked to her disappearance. Swanson is described as a social, athletic person who enjoyed her job. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Coeur d'Alene Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Coeur d'Alene Press
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe.
By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends.
Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
The Doe Network
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers
5 October 12, 2004. October 8, 2015; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map