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Missing Darleen May Fitchett
Darleen, circa 1960
Missing Since 01/19/1960
Des Moines, Iowa
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/29/1931 (89)
Age 28 years old
Height and Weight Unknown
Medical Conditions Darleen was battling thyroid cancer at the time of her disappearance and needs life-sustaining medication as well as as painkillers. All her medications were left behind.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Darleen's maiden name is Boyd. Some agencies spell her first name "Darlene." She is supposed to wear prescription eyeglasses, but these were left behind.
Details of Disappearance Darleen was last seen at her home in the 600 block of east Pleasant View Drive in Des Moines, Iowa on the night of January 19, 1960. She was ironing clothes in the basement, and her three children heard her arguing with their father.
At around midnight, Darleen's husband, Alanson "Lance" Malcolm Fitchett Jr., told Heather and her six-year-old brother that their mother had left and gone to California. He got them and their baby sister up to take them to his sister's home in Adel, Iowa so she could care for them.
Darleen has never been seen again. She left behind all her belongings, including her glasses, medications and vehicle, but the bedding and curtains from her bedroom also disappeared the same night she did.
The day after Darleen vanished, Lance traded in his dark green panel truck for a new van. He didn't report his wife missing of his own accord; concerned friends and neighbors told police about her disappearance. On February 8, 1960, when law enforcement asked him where Darleen was, he said she had left him for another man and gone to California.
Lance was having an extramarital affair with Colleen Seiberling. Seiberling moved into the home shortly after Darleen vanished. In June 1960, just as Lance and Seiberling were about to move to California with the three children, Darleen's mother confronted the family and demanded to know what had happened to Darleen. Lance's sister told her Darleen had simply "left."
Heather told her grandmother about the events of January 19, and Lance gave written permission for Darleen's parents in Dexter, Iowa to raise the children. Heather later said that prior to her disappearance, Darleen had told her she was afraid Lance would kill her.
Lance is the primary suspect in Darleen's presumed murder, but he died in 2005. Authorities would still like to find Darleen's remains for the sake of her family.
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