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Deborah Swanson

Real Name: Deborah Jean Swanson
Nicknames: Debbie
Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Date: March 29, 1986


Occupation: Special Education Teacher
Date of Birth: July 30, 1954
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 130 pounds
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Her ears are pierced.


Details: Thirty-one-year-old Deborah Jean Swanson was a special education teacher living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. At around 4:40pm on Good Friday, March 29, 1986, she entered the Tubbs Hill trail. It is believed that she went there to go jogging. She was never seen again.
Later that day, Deborah's car was found locked and abandoned in the Third Street parking lot near the trail. A shopping bag was in the trunk and her purse was in the car; however, her keys have never been found. She missed appointment for the following two days and was reported missing on April 1.
Investigators believe that Deborah was taken against her will while jogging on the trail. Other women had previously been attacked while there; however, they were never linked to this case.
Suspects: One person of interest in this case is a man who knew Deborah before she vanished. Interestingly, he also lived near the substation where Julie Weflen was abducted from. He allegedly refused to cooperate in the investigation.
It is suspected that Deborah's disappearance is related to both Julie's case and that of Sally Stone, who also vanished from Coeur D'Alene in 1986.
Extra Notes: This case was not featured on Unsolved Mysteries; however, it is believed to be connected to the case of Julie Weflen, who was so.
Results: Unsolved. In 2015, a reward was offered for information in Deborah and Sally's cases.