Deborah Leigh Key
Missing Since: 12/01/97
Missing from: Carrboro, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 09/21/62
Age at disappearance: 35
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Wavy hair. Pierced ears
DNA: Available in CODIS
Details of Disappearance
Deborah was last seen on December 1, 1997, as she was leaving a local bar. A regular at the now-defunct watering hole Sticks and Stones, Key had been at the bar for a while when 21-year-old Andrew Douglas Dalzell walked in, shortly before closing. The amateur artist came by on occasion, sipping sodas and sketching pictures of nude women as he sat at the bar. Key was last seen with Dalzell in the bar parking lot, according to police. No one has seen her since.
Two days after her disappearance, Key’s car was found, still parked in the same lot. Her door was unlocked. Her purse and jacket lay on the front seat.
In 2004, Dalzell confessed to Debbie’s strangulation, but his statements were later thrown out in court due to the circumstances under which they were obtained. Dalzell stated that he dumped her body in Wilmington.
Deborah was declared legally dead in February 2005.
Carrboro Police Department
Website dedicated to Deborah Key’s disappearance: http://www.debbiekey.org/
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