REGINA MARIE ROWELL was last seen 03/10/81 leaving her Metairie, Louisiana home.1 She was 20-years-old at the time of her disappearance.
She was a 1978 graduate of Grace King High School2 and was employed at the VA Medical Center in New Orleans.
CIRCUMSTANCES OF DISAPPEARANCE
Regina’s car was found abandoned on the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish, with her purse and identification inside. Family were led to believe she committed suicide; however, her body has never been found and she was declared legally dead in 1987.2
- Nicknames: none
- Physical: 5’5, 120 pounds, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes
- Marks/Tattoos: 4-5′ scar on calf from removal of birthmark, pierced ears
- Clothing: grey/green plaid skirt, blue sweater or blouse
- Jewelry: unknown
CRIME STOPPERS TIP 2012
According to family, in May of 2012 Crime Stoppers received a tip that was forwarded to Kenner Police Department. Specific details weren’t shared with family, only reassurance that based on the tip Regina had not committed suicide. Investigators indicated since no reports existed to corroborate the tipster’s information, further inquiry by them into her disappearance wasn’t possible. They suggested the FBI may need to become involved.3
INVESTIGATION REOPENED 2020
Around the 40th anniversary of Regina’s disappearance, her family created a FaceBook page to generate awareness and it worked! The family announced on 09/12/20 that Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into her disappearance.
Authorities are in the process of collecting DNA swabs of her siblings and father, and conducting interviews with family, friends, acquaintances and others with a possible connection.4
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is working to locate Regina Marie Rowell and bring the person(s) responsible to justice. If you have information about her disappearance or current whereabouts, please call (504) 363-5500.
Rev. 02/27/22Submit corrections/updates here.
- DOE Network: Regina Marie Rowell, accessed 09/19/20.
- FaceBook: What Happened to Regina Rowell, accessed 09/19/20.
- FaceBook, What Happened to Regina Rowell, accessed 09/19/20.
- FaceBook, What Happened to Regina Rowell, Pinned Post, accessed 09/19/20.