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Nobody knows exactly how many people have disappeared or been murdered in and around the Yakama reservation. The reservation is 1.3 million acres including some remote and wild country. A legacy of poverty and racism means people don't talk to law enforcement. Tribal police have limited authority; the FBI is supposed to investigate serious crimes but the Seattle field office can feel a long way away.

During an FBI investigation spurred by rumors of a serial killer, investigators found 32 cases dating back to 1980. The list has only gotten longer since then. Our list is based on Yakima Herald-Republic archives, information from law enforcement sources, social media posts, and the stories of friends and relatives. If you have information about one of these cases or you need to add a name to the list, email vanished@yakimaherald.com

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Rosenda Strong

Vanished: Oct. 2, 2019
COURT

Gail Teo

Vanished: Aug. 7, 2019
COURT

Catherine Eneas-Squeochs

Vanished: June 8, 2019
COURT

Alillia Minthorn

Vanished: May 3, 2019
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Angela Heath

Vanished: April 5, 2019
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Destiny Lloyd

Vanished: Dec. 25, 2017
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Echo Littlewolf

Vanished: Aug. 15, 2017
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Minnie Andy

Vanished: July 9, 2017
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Linda Dave

Vanished: Feb. 15, 2017
CLOSED

Felina Metsker

Vanished: April 1, 2016
MISSING PERSON

Rosalita Longee

Vanished: June 30, 2015
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Naoma George

Vanished: Oct. 15, 2013
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Barbara Celestine

Vanished: Sept. 5, 2005
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Alice Looney

Vanished: Aug. 16, 2004
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Charmaine Sanchey

Vanished: Jan. 16, 2003
MISSING PERSON

Roberta Ranes

Vanished: July 10, 2001
CLOSED

Agnes Lora

Vanished: April 15, 1994
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Shari Elwell

Vanished: Dec. 30, 1992
CLOSED

Barbara Whitesell

Vanished: July 13, 1990
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Rozelia Sohappy

Vanished: Dec. 31, 1988
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

JoAnne John

Vanished: Aug. 1, 1988
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

"Parker Doe"

Vanished: Feb. 16, 1988
MISSING PERSON

Karen Johnley Wallahee

Vanished: Nov. 7, 1987
MISSING PERSON

Daisy Heath

Vanished: Oct. 29, 1987
UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

Jenece Wilson

Vanished: Aug. 4, 1987
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Teresa Stahi

Vanished: July 7, 1987
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Sarah Winnier

Vanished: July 22, 1985
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Celeste Spencer

Vanished: Nov. 11, 1982
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Lesora Eli

Vanished: Feb. 12, 1982
MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Sheila Lewis

Vanished: Aug. 3, 1980
CLOSED

Rose Sanchez

Vanished: March 30, 1980
MISSING PERSON

Janice Hannigan

Vanished: Dec. 24, 1971