April 13, 1971
Missing Person, Possible Abduction
Case Number 71-12652
At 22, aspiring actress and Sacramento High School Class of 1966 graduate Denise Kathleen Anderson was working at Wells Fargo Bank while she worked on her acting career. She was active in the Centerplayers Theater Group. Denise's roommate borrowed her car that morning and when she returned at 2:30pm, Denise was gone. No one has seen her since. She didn't show up for work on April 13 and missed rehearsals at the theater. She left her car and all of her possessions behind and there was no account activity in her bank account after April 13, 1971.
At the time of her disappearance, Denise had been cast as Simone Everad in a production of “Marat/Sade” at the Centerplayers Theater Group. This photo was published in The Sacramento Bee on April 18th, five days after her disappearance.
Denise was mentioned in the Sacramento Bee nineteen times between December of 1964 and April of 1971. Between the time of the Centerplayer’s photo and the next time she appeared in the newspaper, almost a year and a half passed. In fact, the next time she appeared in the newspaper, it was to announce that her name had been added to The Sacramento Bee’s Secret Witness program: a reward system arranged by the Bee to help find missing persons, criminals, and fugitives. Her reward was set at $1,000.
Denise Anderson is described as between five foot two and five foot four. She weighed about 120 pounds when she disappeared. She is caucasian with brown hair and brown eyes. Her hair was long at the time of her disappearance, though she was known to wear a wig that would give her the look of a short hairstyle. Her wig is the only thing missing from her apartment when she disappeared.
As far as we can tell, there aren’t any glaringly obvious clues in this case. No signs of a struggle. No break-in. No crime scene. Nothing. We only know that she went missing on April 13th, 1971. Her bank account remained untouched.