In 1981 Cindy Anderson was 20 years old and working as a secretary at The Law Offices of James Rabbitt and Richard Neller in Toledo, Ohio. She was a devout employee. Most days she worked alone in the morning. She’d open the office, prepare the lawyer’s desks for the day and field incoming phone calls. August 4th, 1981, was no different.
By noon two lawyers arrived at the office expecting to see Cindy in her office as per usual. But Cindy was gone. The door was locked, there was no note, and Cindy’s car was still sitting in the parking lot. It literally still smelt like nail polish remover in the building. So, they figured she’d just been picked up by a friend and had gone to lunch for the day. But when Cindy wasn’t back in a few hours, they grew very concerned.
Cindy had been experiencing a lot of harassment before this. Someone was making odd calls to the office, and someone had spray painted the words I love you Cindy with the initials GW on a wall directly in her line of sight from the law office. On top of that, Cindy was having recurring nightmares that she was abducted and killed by a strange man.
It got so bad, Cindy asked for an emergency button to be installed at her desk and her bosses instructed her to lock all of the doors when she was working in the office alone.
So as the hours passed, they grew increasingly worried. And when they found a romance novel open to a page about the main character being abducted at knifepoint, they knew it was time to call the police.
It’s been over 40 years since Cindy went missing and authorities admit they have never been close to solving the case. Between stalkers, serial killers, and suspicion on one of Cindy’s bosses, no charges have ever been filed. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still hope that we can find answers about what happened to her.
Cindy Andersen went missing from Toledo, Ohio in 1981. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5’4 and weighed 115 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She also has a chicken pox scar on her forehead and a scar on her right knee that looks like a fishhook. She was last seen wearing a white V-neck dress with pink pinstripes, brown pantyhose, and beige open-toed sandals with an ankle strap. Anyone with information about Cindy is urged to contact the Toledo Police Department at 419-245-3340.
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