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1091DFAL - Carrie Smith Lawson

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Name: Carrie Smith Lawson
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: September 11, 1991
Location Last Seen: Jasper, Walker County, Alabama

Physical Description

Date of Birth: circa 1966
Age: 25 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She may wear eyeglasses.


Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Not available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: A red T-shirt, green khaki shorts, white socks, and white Reebok tennis shoes (size 9).
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Carrie Smith Lawson was abducted from her Jasper, Alabama home while responding to a telephone call from a woman who told Lawson she was a nurse and someone in Lawson's family was seriously ill in the hospital. A masked assailant managed to subdue and tie up her husband.

Karen McPherson pleaded guilty to the kidnapping. McPherson said she and her cousin, Jerry Bland, planned the kidnapping for $300,000 ransom. Bland killed himself at his home three weeks after Lawson disappeared. Lawson's family paid the ransom and authorities found most of what they believe to be the ransom money in the home of Bland.

Despite numerous tips and a private investigator hired by Lawson's family, her body has never been found. A court declared Lawson dead in 1993.

Lawson was originally from Cleveland, Tennessee. She graduated from the Alabama School of Law.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Jasper Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Det. J. Vann
Agency Phone Number: 205-221-6790
Agency Case Number: 091191-09

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 4798

Information Source(s)

NBC13 News Archive

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 10/15/15

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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