TX ELIZABETH CAMPBELL: Missing from Copperas Cove, TX - 25 April 1988 - Age 20

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Elizabeth was last seen on April 25, 1988 at a 7-11 convenience store in Copperas Cove, Texas. The last time she was seen, Elizabeth was wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a white T-shirt, and a yellow jacket, and was carrying a maroon handbag. Elizabeth has a scar on her forehead and a scar on her chin. Her nickname is Liz. Elizabeth is Biracial. She is Asian and White.

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Details of Disappearance
Campbell was a student at Central Texas College and attended classes before leaving for her part-time job at the 7-11 store on Rancier Avenue in Killeen, Texas on April 25, 1988. After work she went to a group study at her boyfriend's residence, about 30 miles away from her own home. She and her boyfriend got into an argument and she said she wanted to go home, and he refused to take her, so she left alone sometime between 9:30 and 11:00 p.m. Campbell never arrived home. Her family didn't realize she was missing until the next morning.

A clerk at another 7-11 store on Highway 190 in Copperas Cove, Texas reported seeing Campbell the night of her disappearance. The clerk said a man driving a light green Gremlin, whom she thought was a Central Texas College student, dropped her off. The 7-11 employees let her use their phone to call her boyfriend. She asked him to come and pick her up, but they got into another argument and Campbell decided to call her brother instead. This would have been a long-distance call and she didn't want to make it on the store's phone, so she went outside to use the pay phone. She has never been heard from again.

The next morning, when Campbell's parents couldn't find her, they attempted to report her missing. The police refused to accept a missing persons report until 72 hours had passed because Campbell was an adult. Her parents searched for her and investigated her disappearance on their own over the next three days.

Campbell's parents went to the Central Texas College campus and were able to locate the man who dropped her off at the 7-11. He said he had been working late at the college computer lab, saw Campbell walking down the service road and recognized her as a fellow student at the college. He offered her a ride to Copperas Cove, which was as far as he was going. The 7-11 where he dropped her off of was seventeen miles from her home.

Campbell's purse was located over 180 miles away, off Interstate 10 in Ozona, Texas, in 1992, four years after she was reported missing. Someone turned it in to the Crockett County Sheriff's Department, but they never recorded who had done this or when. The then-sheriff thought the purse had been turned in sometime between April 1988 and January 1989.

Authorities stated that there was no physical evidence relating to Campbell's disappearance inside the purse. It contained her Social Security card, military identification card and credit card, but her makeup, hair brush and keys were missing. Foul play is suspected in her case. Sometime after her disappearance, authorities released a sketch of a possible suspect; the sketch is posted with this case summary.

Campbell resided with her parents in Lampasas, Texas in 1988. She planned to transfer to Texas A&M University in the autumn of that year and study marine biology. Her mother described her as a very naive, trusting young woman. Campbell's parents are still alive, but elderly and in poor health. Her case remains unsolved.
 

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After 30 years, missing Central Texas woman’s fate remains a mystery
By Marco Revuelta | Posted: Wed 11:10 PM, Apr 25, 2018

COPPERAS COVE, Texas Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of a Lampasas woman whose fate remains a mystery.

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Elizabeth Campbell as she looked in 1988 and as she may appear today. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children photos)

Elizabeth Ann Campbell was last seen late on the night of April 25, 1988 at a 7-Eleven store in Copperas Cove and her disappearance remains one of the city’s oldest cold cases.

"We would like to get some answers for the family. We hope to find her one day. But if we can't, we at least want to tell the family what happened to her," Copperas Cove Detective Rick Counter said Wednesday.

In 1988 Campbell was living with her parents in Lampasas, attending Central Texas College and working at a 7-Eleven store in Killeen.

She was of Korean descent, spoke some Spanish, smoked Virginia Slims and Capri cigarettes and was known by her nickname, “Liz.” She was 5-foot-2, weighed just 97 pounds, wore a diamond Romance Wittnauer watch and a 10-karat gold ring and her ears were double-pierced.

She had plans to transfer to Texas A&M University in the fall of 1988 to study marine biology.

On April 25, 1988, Campbell, who was then 20, attended classes at Central Texas College and then went to work at the 7-Eleven Store on Rancier Avenue in Killeen.
After work she went to her ex-boyfriend’s house to study for a final exam, but an argument started and sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., she left.

At around 11 p.m. she used a pay phone at a 7-Eleven store on U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove to call her brother whom she asked for a ride. A clerk at the Copperas Cove store later said that a man driving a light green Gremlin dropped her off.

Employees said Campbell first used the store’s phone to call her ex-boyfriend for a ride, but the two argued, and she decided to call her brother instead.

She used the pay phone because the call was long-distance. That was the last confirmed sighting," Counter said.

Her parents reported her missing the next morning, but police said they couldn’t accept a missing persons’ report for 72 hours, so they started to search for her on their own.

They found the man who had dropped her off at the Copperas Cove 7-Eleven store.

He told them he had worked late and as he headed home saw her walking along the U.S. 190 servicer road. He offered her a ride to Cove and dropped her off at the store, which was about 17 miles from her home.

Her purse turned up in 1992 in the evidence room of the Crockett County Sheriff’s office in Ozona.

The purse contained her Social Security Card and a credit card, but her makeup, hairbrush and keys were missing.

"The employees there were cleaning out the evidence area and they came across her purse with her ID on it. When they ran it, they found out she was missing. At that time they didn't keep records of found property, so they didn't know to turn it in," Counter said.

The sheriff there said he believed it was turned in sometime between April 1988 and January 1989, but because no records were kept, he didn’t know who found it or under what circumstances.

If you have any information concerning Elizabeth Campbell, please call the Copperas Cove Police Department at (254) 547-8222 or the Texas Department of Public Safety at (800) 346-3243
 
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Elizabeth lived with her family at the time of her disappearance, and they did not realize she was missing until during the morning hours. When her parents could not find her, they tried to report her missing, but since she was an adult, they would not accept a missing persons report until 72 hours later. During those three days, her family conducted their own investigation into the disappearance of their missing daughter. They went to Central Texas College and tracked down the man who dropped her off at the 7-11 after she left her boyfriend's house on foot. The guy had to stay late working in the computer lab, and happened to see Elizabeth near the exit to the college walking down the road upon his departure. When he recognized her as a fellow student, he offered to give her a ride to the 7-11 on Highway 190 in Copperas Cove, which was 17 miles from her home. The clerk who was working that night mentioned seeing a man driving a light green Gremlin drop her off. For some reason, she identified him as being a Central Texas College student. The 7-11 employee let Elizabeth use their phone around midnight to call her boyfriend, but they got into another fight. She decided to call her brother instead. This call would have been a long distance call, so instead of using the store's phone, she went outside to use the pay phone. This is the point where Elizabeth vanishes from.

Four years later, in 1992, Elizabeth's maroon purse she was carrying the night of her disappearance was found 180 miles away off I-10 in Ozona, Texas. The purse had been located in the property room in the department, but authorities have no recollection of who turned it in. It is estimated to have been there since April 1988 or January 1989. Authorities confirmed there was no physical evidence that could be found in the purse, except for her Social Security card, credit card and military ID. Her lipstick, hair brush and keys were missing. After her disappearance, authorities released a sketch of a person of interest in her disappearance.

This next case is one I find very sad because there is no information on this young woman besides what is written in her NAMUS case file, which was just recently added, despite the fact she has been missing since 1987. I believe she may have been an immigrant from Asian with possibly not much family here. I couldn't even find a picture of her to show you. Her name is Yun Cha Dainiak. She was 23 years old when she was abducted from Harker Heights, Texas on January 24, 1987. Early that morning, a witness saw two white Caucasian males assault Yun and force her inside an older Model Green 2-drive vehicle and speed off. The only account we have of her is what the witness has shared, and since there are no pictures of Yun, I will describe her to my readers. Yun was 60 inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. She had shoulder length black hair with brown eyes. She is of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. The witness remembers her wearing red, leather-like pants. Elizabeth and Yun vanished from towns 37 minutes apart from one another.
 
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Elizabeth's purse was located over 180 miles away in Ozona, Texas in 1992, four years after she went missing. It was discovered in the evidence room of the Crockett County Sheriff's office and contained Campbell's driver's license, Social Security and credit card.

Somebody turned it into The Crockett County Sheriff Department in Ozona, TX but since they didn't keep records of found property they don't know who or when the purse was turned in. The then-sheriff stated he believed the purse had been turned in sometime between April 1988 and January 1989.
 

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