Debra Lynn Kidwell
Debra, approximately 1979
Date reported missing : 05/04/1979
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/27/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 120 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A peach-colored sweater, blue Levi's jeans and a gold wedding ring.
Medical conditions : Kidwell has an unspecified nervous condition.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Debra has a scar on her abdomen. She may use the alias last name Cronan.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Debra was last seen on May 4, 1979 in Ventura, California. She has never been heard from again. At the time of her disappearance, she was accompanied by her three-year-old twin sons, Jackson and Joshua.┬áThe twins are missing along with their mother.
Debra and her sons were reported missing by her husband, John Needham Kidwell. He was considered a suspect at the time and it's unclear whether police ever cleared him. He died in 2008. Debra's family is still looking for her and the twins, however. Their cases remain unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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October 12, 2004. May 26, 2019; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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