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Missing Deborah Jean McKneely
Deborah, circa 1991
Missing Since 01/29/1991
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 04/14/1951 (69)
Age 39 years old
Height and Weight 5'6, 155 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Deborah's nickname is Debbie and her maiden name is Quarles. Her ears are pierced.
Deborah's eleven- and thirteen-year-old sons were at school during that time and she disappeared by the time the children returned in the late afternoon. They called 911 when they saw the condition of the house.
The back door of Deborah's residence had been kicked open, a window pane in the garage was broken, and the phone lines were cut. Blood was discovered inside the home and in the carport area. There was no indication of robbery.
The keys were inside the car and $100 in cash was scattered in plain sight on the front seat. Investigators believe this tactic was utilized to trick potential car thieves into stealing the vehicle. Blood was found inside it.
Authorities believe that two people were involved in Deborah's presumed abduction. An unidentified white pickup truck had been spotted in the area of her home prior to her disappearance, but it is not known if the truck is connected to her case.
Deborah and her husband, Donald McKneely, were going through a bitter divorce. They had been separated since November 1989. On November 14, 1989, Deborah filed a police report stating Donald had beaten her with a board. She told her brother and a neighbor that if she tried to divorce Donald, she believed he would kill her.
Deborah and Donald's divorce was scheduled to be finalized at 5:00 p.m. on the day of Deborah's abduction, but it hasn't been proven that the divorce had any bearing on her disappearance. Donald has always maintained that he had nothing to do with her kidnapping.
In 2001, Deborah was declared legally dead. Her case remains open and unsolved, and is classified as a homicide.
Investigating Agency / Department
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office