Select It Sunday: Dorothy Scofield

Selected by lbcgriffin, twelve-year-old Dorothy Delilah Scofield disappeared from Ocala, Florida on July 22, 1976. She went to the mall that afternoon to return a pair of shoes and do some shopping. Witnesses saw Dorothy (who was nicknamed “Dee”) at the mall at 2:00 p.m., after she returned the shoes. Then she vanished.

Interestingly, there was a possible sighting of Dee with one or possibly two men at a local convenience store. The little girl’s clothing was the same as Dee’s. She bought some soda and left the store, and was never seen again. Authorities don’t know whether the sighting was genuine or not.

Dee’s casefile mentions a speculative connection between her case and the Lyon sisters’ 1975 disappearance. What it most reminds me of, though, is Sherry Lynn Marler, who vanished in the eighties. Sherry, who disappeared from Alabama, was the same age the Dee was at the time of her disappearance, and there were reported sightings of her throughout the South, always accompanied by a man.

I’m not suggesting the same man took both girls, I just think the circumstances are similar. It’s entirely possible that Dee Scofield and Sherry Marler both remained alive for an extended time period after they disappeared. But where are they now?

5 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Dorothy Scofield

  1. holly June 22, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    There are similarities..Not saying they are connected but Florida and Alabama are not that far apart. Could be the same man and/or men. Perhaps a sex ring/prostitution ring? Could be separate cases altogether. But I hope they are both found. Preferably alive and well.

  2. Kat June 22, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve always thought maybe a connection to the Lyons sisters myself. Though I get what you are saying about Sherry Marler. I’ve always winced when I read about this case, because it is my birthday. Month, date, year. Creeps me out.

  3. Janessa June 22, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    All these cases have always interested me. Creeps me out to think of these men just taking girls and holding them captive for days afterwards, if that is what happened. Who ever took all theses girls, even if they aren’t the same people, had to have had other victims as well.

  4. frank June 29, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Dee was probably abducted by one of two people:henry lee lucas and ottis toole, two serial killers known to be in Florida at the time

  5. SF September 9, 2020 / 11:50 am

    Dee was at a single departmart store called J.M. Fields. There was only a grocery store connected name Pantry Pride. It was not a mall. She left J.M. Fields to walk through the parking to the Drivers License office to meet back up with her Mom. She disappeared somewhere in the parking lot.

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