Debra Herms Childers
Childers, approximately 1995
Date reported missing : 03/22/1995
Missing location (approx) :
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 40 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 100 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light blue long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Childers has a scar on her abdomen and pierced ears.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Childers was last seen in Bessemer City, North Carolina on March 22, 1995, when she left home for a date in Clover. She was driving a dark blue 1985 Chevrolet Caprice at the time. She has never been heard from again. On April 9, the car was found abandoned in a wooded area off State Route 97 in Chester County, South Carolina. The vehicle's license plate was missing, but there were no indications of foul play.
At the time of her disappearance, Childers was working at Threads USA and living with her former in-laws in the Creekside Mobile Home Park. It was they who reported her missing on March 29; they didn't do it sooner because she had a history of dropping out of sight for a few days at a time.
Childers left behind two paychecks when she vanished. She was going through a divorce and her ex-husband is considered a person of interest in her case, but he died without ever being charged in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Gaston County Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Charlotte Observer
October 12, 2004. May 1, 2018; two pictures added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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