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Missing Deborah Yvonne Wims
Clothing/Jewelry Description A green bomber jacket and jeans.
Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Deborah may use the following alias names: Terri Allen, Jasmine Davis, Tara Fleming, Deborah Yvonne Freeman, Shirley Jefferson, Janice Smith, Deborah Evon Williams and/or Deborah Yvonne Williams.
Details of Disappearance Deborah was last seen on October 25, 1990 when she left her apartment en route to a supermarket on Pacific Highway South and South 216th Street. She has never been heard from again. After her disappearance, her car was found abandoned at a Safeway store at South 216 and Pacific Highway.
Deborah was a prostitute and transient in 1990, and had a substantial criminal record dating back to the 1970s for crimes including auto theft, grand larceny and prostitution. She had lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, San Francisco and Santa Ana in California, and in Wichita, Kansas as well as Seattle.
Photos of Ridgway are posted with this case summary. He had been one of the suspects in the case since 1984. Authorities questioned him that year after witnesses placed him with two of the victims and his pickup truck was identified as being at the scene of the victims' last known locations. In 2003, Ridgway pleaded guilty to 48 counts of murder, including Cheryl's, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ridgway's home was searched in 1987 and he provided a saliva sample at that time. DNA testing was performed on the saliva in 2001 and matched three of the victims: Opal Mills, Marcia Chapman and Cynthia Hinds. The women's bodies had been discovered in the Green River near Seattle in August 1982. Ridgway was connected to the fourth victim, Carol Christensen, through circumstantial evidence.
Ridgway was arrested twice for soliciting prostitution; once in 1982 and again in October 2001. Many of the Green River victims were runaways or prostitutes. A 1980 charge against Ridgway was dropped when a prostitute claimed he choked her. Ridgway told authorities that he attacked her in self-defense, as she was allegedly biting him.
One of his former wives came forward after his 2001 arrest and claimed that Ridgway preferred to have sexual relations outdoors. She also said that he often employed a chokehold while engaged in sexual activity. A prostitute who stated Ridgway paid her for sex in the early 1980s supported the story, stating that he attempted to choke her during intercourse.
Many investigators believe Ridgway was responsible for more deaths than he claims. Authorities are continuing to investigate the cases of missing and murdered young women in Washington state, which they believe may be tied to Ridgway. If they can prove he was responsible for any murders outside of King County, he could be prosecuted and face the death penalty.
Foul play is suspected in Deborah's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
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