Donetha Laverne Snead
Snead, approximately 1993; William Darrell Lindsey
Date reported missing : 04/21/1993
Missing location (approx) :
St. Augustine, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/26/1960 (61)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A red blouse with a white pattern, blue jeans and a red head scarf.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Snead may spell her middle name "Lavern" or use the last name Snead-Haile.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Snead was last seen in St. Augustine, Florida on April 21, 1993. She has never been heard from again. The serial killer William Darrell Lindsey Sr. pleaded guilty in 1999 to second-degree murder in connection with Snead's case.
A photograph of Lindsey is posted with this case summary. He led police to a three-acre, alligator-filled pit near Murray Middle School in St. Augustine, saying he had put her body there. Police could not find Snead's remains, but they had enough evidence to prove he had killed her. Lindsey also pleaded guilty to the murder of Diana Richardson, whose body has also never been found, and to four other murders. He died in prison in 2015.
Snead's remains have never been located. Like all of Lindsey's victims, she was involved in drugs and prostitution.
Other information and links : ncy
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The St. Augustine Record
The Florida Times-Union
Serial Killer Timelines
Florida Department of Corrections
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October 12, 2004. March 6, 2019; picture, height, weight and Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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