A 35-year-old woman went missing and there is next to nothing reported about her case. If you search the name Yolanda Gooch, an accomplished woman and all of her credentials will come up in your results. Yet, if you add the word “missing” to that same inquiry, you won’t be left with much except for a few reports about a woman who went missing from Texas decades ago.
As people were neck-deep in the Y2K craze during the holiday season in 1999, Yolanda Gooch vanished. It was December 26 in Marshall, Texas—about three and a half hours north of Houston and two and a half hours east of Dallas—when the 35-year-old was last seen, and at the time, she was reportedly carrying two suitcases. Who she was with, where she may have been traveling or moving to, and anything about her personal and professional lives remain a mystery.
While there is little information to be found in public records, one thing remains: Yolanda was never seen again. It’s reported that she may have traveled to Chicago, Illinois, but the nature of that supposed trip is also unknown.
At the time of her disappearance, Yolanda Gooch was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Her ears are pierced three times and she was last seen wearing a cap, a plaid shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. Her middle name is “Evette” and her nickname was “Vette,” possibly spelled “Vet.” Yolanda would be 57-years-old at the time of this publication. The main photo at the top of this article was reportedly taken circa 1989, 10 years before Yolanda went missing.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Texas Department of Public Safety at (512) 424-5074 (agency case number M0010005), Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 923-4000 (agency case number 9932010), or their local authorities.
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