MP of the week: Andria Bailey

So this week’s featured missing person is Andria Ann Bailey, missing from Spanaway, Washington. Exactly WHEN she went missing isn’t clear; it was sometime in either 1978 or 1979. She would have been anywhere between 15 and 17 at the time.

At the time of her disappearance, Andria was living with her grandma and her parents were living in Germany. She wasn’t reported missing until October 29, 1989, which is nine or ten years after she was last seen.

(I want to add here that her family’s failure to report her missing is not necessarily an indication that they didn’t care about her. Back in the 1970s, law enforcement routinely refused to accept missing persons reports for teenagers, who were automatically presumed to be runaways. It’s entirely possible her family tried to file a report back then and couldn’t, or they did file one and it was misplaced or destroyed by the police and they had to file another. Or perhaps her family also thought she had run away and would return home on her own.)

Very little information is available in Andria’s case, if you couldn’t tell already. Given that she was in King County, I have to wonder about the Green River Killer, Gary Leon Ridgway. I’m not sure he was operating that early but I’m convinced he had more victims than he admits to.

Andria was born on September 27, 1963. If she’s still alive she’d be 58 today. She was about 5’5 and 110 pounds at the time of her disappearance, with brown hair, brown eyes and a two-inch brown birthmark in the middle of her back.

As for me… I’m here. Still struggling to get out of bed, dealing with some pretty awful fatigue. This is actually the first day in what seems like ages that I woke up 1) before noon and 2) not completely exhausted. I don’t know what’s going on, maybe it’s the change of seasons or something. I am trying my best.

10 thoughts on “MP of the week: Andria Bailey

  1. marsyao November 30, 2021 / 8:58 pm

    Well, don’t think we need to defend for her family for not reporting her missing for ten years since we know so little about what really happened there.
    Agatha Christie used to say when you are not sure the motive of other people for the thing they did, think worse of it, more than usual you would find out later you are right

    • Meaghan November 30, 2021 / 9:00 pm

      People can be SO judgmental towards the families of missing children though. It seems like they can’t do anything right. I’ve seen them criticized for doing things like eating or sleeping: “If it was MY child I would not rest until I found them, I’d search without stopping until I dropped dead! How can you even eat that sandwich, did you even love her? Hey wait, did YOU kill her?!”

      • James christ December 3, 2021 / 6:14 pm

        Yes….and we see the parents on TV and wonder, “Why aren’t they bawling their eyes out?”. Would you, if you were in a room full of people with cameras pointed at you?

      • Meaghan December 3, 2021 / 6:26 pm

        The public doesn’t have a right to anyone’s pain and grief.

  2. marsyao November 30, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    We don’t know how her parent behaved after her disappearance, all we know is that they did not report her missing for 10 years, according to Websleuths “Her mother and father came back to Pierce County to search for her at the time, but did not report her as a missing person.When she made the report, the mother contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, not local police.”
    Of course what you addressed in your post were possible reason why it took so long to report her missing, but again there are other possibilities that were not that a flattery to her family, but as I said, I am an admirer of Mrs Agatha Christie

  3. Gizmo November 30, 2021 / 10:44 pm

    Spanaway Washington is actually in Pierce county but I guess she could have traveled the 35-40 miles to the King county area that Gary Ridgway trolled.

    • Meaghan November 30, 2021 / 10:45 pm

      Ok, my bad. I thought it was King County cause it says that the investigating agency, King County SO.

      I know the King County SO has taken over the investigation in several suspected Ridgway victims who disappeared from other jurisdictions. I wonder if that’s why they have Andria’s case.

  4. Leslie Tollefson December 1, 2021 / 4:49 pm

    Sorta OT but hang in there, kiddo. This is a tough time of year – the time change, holidays – and you’ve had a lot on your plate. Take care of you!!

  5. Ted Carreras December 1, 2021 / 9:37 pm

    For goodness sake young lady get yourself screened if you haven’t yet. At least place a call to your P.C.P. and let a professional hear about your chronic fatigue. PLEASE!🙏👍Good night. Ted Carreras

    On Tue, Nov 30, 2021, 7:44 PM The Charley Project Blog wrote:

    > Meaghan posted: ” So this week’s featured missing person is Andria Ann > Bailey, missing from Spanaway, Washington. Exactly WHEN she went missing > isn’t clear; it was sometime in either 1978 or 1979. She would have been > anywhere between 15 and 17 at the time. At the time ” >

    • Meaghan December 1, 2021 / 9:56 pm

      Ima go to the pharmacy tomorrow for a screening. Don’t really have a PCP at the moment.

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