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Missing Rebecca A. Doisy
Doisy, circa 1976; Johnny Wright in 2009
Missing Since 08/05/1976
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 07/04/1953 (67)
Age 23 years old
Height and Weight 5'4, 107 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description Cutoff jeans, a floral blouse and sandals.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Doisy's nickname is Becky.
Doisy worked part time as a server at Ernie's Steakhouse, and her coworkers remember that Wright was a regular at the restaurant and repeatedly asked her to go out with him, until she finally agreed.
A photo of Wright is posted with this case summary. He and Doisy were drinking at the Heidelberg, a local tavern, the day of her disappearance. Doisy left her apartment unlocked and her cat unattended inside, and has never been heard from again.
Wright dropped out of sight after Doisy's disappearance, but turned up a few days later in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 32 years old in 1976, and had an arrest record for a dozen crimes including rape, burglary, assault and drug possession. Investigators believe he was responsible for at least four rapes in the Columbia area. He was interviewed by police and given a lie detector test, which he failed.
In November 1985, authorities issued a warrant for Wright's arrest for second-degree murder. They did this on the strength of a statement from Wright's former roommate, Harry Moore, who said Wright had showed him Doisy's body, covered by a blanket and stuffed in the back of Wright's blue 1972 Toyota, and that Wright told him he'd "offed" her.
Her body has never been found. Moore was initially charged as an accessory in Doisy's murder, but the charge was dropped after he gave his statement.
Although his defense argued that the case against him was circumstantial and weak, Wright was convicted of Doisy's murder in January 2010 and sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in prison. He died of natural causes in January 2015, still incarcerated.
Foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
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