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Norma Mae Maynard, 61, vanished under mysterious circumstances from Boone Iowa, on February 3, 1979, just two weeks after her husband’s death.
Maynard’s son, Carl Edward Maynard, told police his mother took a bus and left the area, although Mrs. Maynard was not known to use buses as a form of transportation.
At the time she went missing, Mrs. Maynard was described as a 5-foot-3 white female weighing 175 pounds. She had grey hair and blue eyes.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety Missing Person Information Clearinghouse lists her incident type as “Involuntary Disappearance,” meaning a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance was not voluntary — i.e. an abduction or kidnapping.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) states that dental information and charting for Mrs. Maynard is available and entered.
A DNA sample has been submitted and tests are complete.
Norma Mae Maynard was born Sept. 2, 1917.
She married Carl Emmet Maynard (DOB Aug. 20, 1914) on June 15, 1948 and they had one son, Carl Edward Maynard.
Norma’s husband Carl — a 64-year-old World War II veteran who served in the US Army — died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines on January 19, 1979.
Two weeks later, Norma vanished under suspicious circumstances.
Mr. Maynard was laid to rest at Boone Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.
Relatives later erected a headstone for Norma, though her remains have never been recovered.
If you have any information regarding Norma Maynard’s mysterious disappearance or death, please contact Commander John Sloter at the Boone Police Department at 515-432-3456 or Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger at (515) 725-0030.