Viola Marie Findley was a 28-year-old mum to three children. She and her children lived in Waterloo, Iowa at the time of her disappearance.
In the summer of 1983, Viola left Iowa with a friend to visit her family down in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her three children remained in Iowa.
In early September 1983, Viola left Daytona Beach to return home to Waterloo. After leaving her mothers home that morning, Viola has never been seen again.
Ten days after Viola still had not returned home, her mother contacted the police in Daytona Beach and reported her missing.
Viola’s case is a very hard one to investigate because no one knows exactly where she went missing between Florida and Iowa. You have to pass through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri to get from Daytona Beach to Waterloo if you are driving, and perhaps, even more, states if she took the bus or train.
Twelve years after Viola’s disappearance, in 1995, Viola’s mother had a presumptive death certificate issued. The death certificate does not have anybody or the place of death listed on it. Unfortunately, police placed this certificate in storage, where it was eventually destroyed by a flood.
As of 2021, Viola is still classed as missing. No trace of her has ever been found. Her family say that she would never have abandoned her children, and that she had no history of legal trouble or mental issues.
Missing, Unsolved, USA, Florida, Iowa, True Crime, Mystery