1975~Sept. 29, 1982
7 yrs. old
On an autumn afternoon in 1982, Dawn-Marie Hendershot, 7, left her second-grade classroom at Gorrell School to walk the four blocks to her home. Somewhere in between, she vanished. A massive search was immediately undertaken to find the cheerful seven-year-old with curly blond locks and a big space between her two front teeth. A vigil was held outside her home with family, friends, and neighbors. Two days later, Dawn's body was found. She had been raped, strangled, and shot in the back with a shotgun.