MI CONNIE LYNN ROYCE: Missing from Mount Clemens, MI - 1 June 1990 - Age 25

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Connie Lynn Royce was last seen leaving the Hayloft Bar in Mount Clemens, Michigan on June 1, 1990. She was at the bar with two friends, when all of a sudden she got up from the table and walked out.

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Missing Since: 06/01/1990
Missing From: Mount Clemens, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing
Sex: Female
Race: White
Date of Birth: 09/22/1965 (54)
Age: 24 years old
Height and Weight: 5'3, 120 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black form-fitting sleeveless minidress with a flower-print skirt, and no shoes.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Royce has two tattoos: two names and a heart on her right shoulder, and a bumblebee on her right wrist. Her ears are pierced and she has a gap between her front teeth. Her maiden name is Bostic, and many accounts spell her last name "Royse."

Details of Disappearance
Royce visited the Hayloft, a now-defunct bar in the 100 block of north Gratiot in Mount Clemens, Michigan, on June 1, 1990. She had gone on a date that day with a man she'd met a few days earlier. They met at his apartment and had a few drinks before going to the Hayloft. Another man, her date's friend, went with them.

The bar staff later stated the trio were behaving normally that evening; there was no apparent argument or anything unusual happening at their table. At around 11:00 p.m., while her date was in the restroom, Royce suddenly said she had to get out. She walked away from the table, leaving her shoes and her black purse behind.

The security camera showed Royce walking out of the bar alone, fifty minutes after she arrived. She had had at least four drinks that evening. She appeared to be intoxicated when she left, and her family thinks she may have been drugged. A few minutes later, the men she was with went outside the bar to look for her, didn't see her, and went back inside to wait for her to return.

By 2:00 a.m., closing time, Royce had still not returned to the Hayloft. She has never been heard from again, and her car was left behind at her date's apartment.

There was a possible sighting of Royce at a payphone across the street from the Hayloft on the night of her disappearance. There was a late 1970s model car nearby, but no one saw Royce get into the car. The police tried to pull the records from the payphone, but were unsuccessful.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman resembling Royce at Newport Apartments in Clinton Township, Michigan, a few days after her disappearance. Police investigated the sighting and determined the woman seen was not Royce. She has never been heard from again. The two men who accompanied her to the bar that night were interviewed by police and cleared as suspects.

Leslie Williams was arrested after confessing to the murders of four teenagers in eastern Michigan in May 1992. There was speculation that Williams may have been involved in Royce's case, but he was in prison at the time she disappeared.

Royce was divorced and lived with her parents in Madison Heights, Michigan prior to her disappearance; she was attending business school. Her case remains unsolved.

New police investigation, podcast shine new light on nearly 30-year-old disappearance of Connie Royce

Posted: 3:38 PM, Mar 22, 2019
Updated: 11:19 AM, Mar 23, 2019

(WXYZ) — It's an unsolved mystery that goes back almost 30 years: What happened to Connie Royce?

The 24-year-old had gone out on a date to the Hayloft in Mt. Clemens on June 1st, 1990 but left alone and disappeared.

Det. Lt. Melissa Stevens with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office has been working on Connie Royce's cold case for the last ten years.

"When I think of the name Connie Royce, I think where did she go and why can't we find her?" says Lt. Stevens.

Connie is seen on surveillance video walking in with her date and his friend. Investigators say she seemed happy and affectionate, but 50 minutes later, that same video shows her leaving alone.

"She decided she had to go and get out of there, no shoes on feet. Connie walks out of the bar and appears intoxicated to me and she's gone. No one's heard from her since," says Lt. Stevens.

Over the years, Lt. Stevens says police had looked into several leads, conducted witness interviews and polygraph tests, but there were no suspects. The two men she was at the Hayloft with the night of her disappearance were cleared and described by police as "forthcoming".

The night Connie went missing, there was one possible sighting of her at a payphone across the street from The Hayloft, but nothing definitive.

Det. Lt. Stevens says she thinks about Connie every single day. She has now reopened the case again and is exploring potential new leads.

At the same time, a local mom, Nina Innsted is using her voice to shine a light on Connie's unsolved case. Innsted has her own podcast called 'Already Gone'. The focus is on 'true crime'. She started the podcast 3 years ago and Connie's story is her 112th episode.

"I enjoy telling stories and honestly I don't like it when people get away with things. it really bothers me. It gives me a little sense of feeling like I'm helping out in a case," she says.

Before each podcast, she checks in with law enforcement to make sure she has their blessing. This week's episode tells Connie's story.

"We're revisiting how Connie spent her evening, what police did in aftermath of disappearance, what leads came in," says Innsted.

As for what happened to Connie? Innsted believes Connie came across someone who didn't have her best interest at heart.

She says, "I believe someone knows what happened to her and if the right person came forward, we could find Connie and bring her back to her family. I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a child and not know and not have an answer."

Lt. Stevens agrees.

She says, "I think she got into a car with somebody and something happened and whoever that person is - is maybe still alive."

Even if Connie is no longer with us, Lt. Stevens says it's never too late for justice or to bring her home.

"My hope is that I can find her remains, bring her family some sort of comfort that she was found."

If you know anything that could help investigators close this case, please call the Macomb County Sheriffs Detective Bureau at 586-307-9358.

To listen to Nina Innsted's 'Already Gone' podcast on Connie Royce, go to: http://www.alreadygonepodcast.com/uncategorized/112-connie-royce-missing-in-michigan/


Surveillance footage of Connie entering and leaving the Hayloft bar. Connie left the bar without any shoes.
A podcast about Connie's case. Now officially missing for 30 years.

And a pretty comprehensive Reddit writeup.


32 years ago, Connie Royce disappeared after walking barefoot out of a Mount Clemens bar​

Connie Lyn Royce was 24 years old when she walked barefoot out of the Hayloft bar in Mount Clemens and disappeared. That was 32 years ago.

According to the Already Gone podcast, Royce had been living with her parents after a short-lived marriage. She had been dating a man before she vanished, but the relationship ended with a verbal argument that led to the police being called.

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