In the summer of 1983, I was just celebrating my first birthday in Detroit. I have no recollection of the joyous event, but I’m sure that I was surrounded by loved ones who were enjoying the muggy, hot Michigan summer in my grandparents’ large backyard.
Yet, on the other side of the country, another family was growing concerned over their missing daughter.
That year on my birthday, July 11, was the last time Marie Simonia Wade was seen. The 19-year-old Los Angeles, California resident went missing without a trace, and since that time her story has either fallen through the cracks or, like many, has been collecting dust on cold case shelves.
The only information that has been made public is the date of her disappearance and one grainy photo to help identify her. Other than that, there is nothing else known about Marie’s last moments or encounters that day.
“If you don’t have any information to share, then why report on her case at all?” you may ask. Well, just because we don’t have details about Marie doesn’t mean that the mystery around her disappearance is invalid. She was just a teenage girl whose family and friends haven’t been given any sense of closure in decades. Not only that, no one has talked about her in that amount of time, either.
I’ll be reporting about many “Maries” — young, old, and in-between. There thousands of cases of women whose missing person reports only include a name and a date late seen. Not even a photo. Wouldn’t you want someone to continue looking for and reporting about you?
Marie was born in 1963 and is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. In 1983 she was 5’6″ and 125 pounds. It’s believed she was wearing purple shorts and black sandals when she went missing. There is no information on what kind of top, sweater, or jacket she was wearing at the time.
If you have any information regarding Marie’s disappearance or think she looks familiar, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (213) 896-1800 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share this story to continue the conversation about Marie Simonia Wade. She is our sister and her life matters.
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