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DAWSON Patricia

Patricia Mary DAWSON

Missing Person Patricia Dawson
  • Missing since: Friday, April 14, 1972
  • Last seen: Adelaide, SA
  • Jurisdiction: SA
  • Year of birth: 1939
  • Age now: 78
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 162cm
  • Build: Medium
  • Hair: Brown
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Reward offered: $200,000 - more information


Patricia Mary Dawson, then aged 33 years, was reported as a missing person on 14 April 1972.

Her husband, Peter Dawson, reported that he had last seen her at 11.15pm on Tuesday 11 April 1972, when he drove from their Ingle Farm house to Adelaide to buy a newspaper. He left her at home with their two children, aged four and six. He returned home at 12.30am on 12 April 1972, and soon after found her missing but the children still in bed asleep. He told police he discovered about $390 in cash gone from Patricia's bedroom wardrobe as well as some of her clothing.

Despite checks with relatives and friends there has been no contact from, or sightings of Patricia since the night of her disappearance. She is presumed murdered.

If you have information that may assist police in the disappearance of Patricia please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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