Missing Since: 11/26/96
Missing from: Fairview Park, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 07/12/71
Age at disappearance: 25
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue/Hazel
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tracheotomy scar on throat.
Medical Conditions: Balas was involved in an automobile
accident in 1988. She suffered a massive head injury in
the crash, which may cause amnesia when under stress.
Clothing: Green shirt with the Subway logo imprinted on
the front, black pants.
Nicknames: Sarah Lindway & Sara Lindway & Spacey
Details of Disappearance
Balas was last seen at approximately 1:00 AM on November 26, 1996 in her hometown of Fairview Park, Ohio. She was employed at the Subway restaurant on West 220th Street and Lorain Road. Balas was locking the building for the night with the restaurant’s manager. She never returned to her residence in North Ridgeville, Ohio that evening and has not been heard from again.
Balas was scheduled to work at 11:30 AM later in the day, but never arrived for her shift. Her 1995 blue Nissan Pathfinder was discovered abandoned in the parking lot of the Cleveland Motel on Lorain Road at approximately 4:00 PM that day. The motel was located four blocks from the Subway restaurant. There was no sign of Balas at the scene.
Balas’ manager was convicted of the rape of another woman in Ohio three months after Balas’ disappearance. He maintains his innocence in Balas’ case. Her family believes foul play was involved. Balas’ case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
North Ridgeville Police Department
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.
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