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Old 11-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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I couldn't find a proper thread about her, so I made one.

20-year-old Cynthia Jane Anderson disappeared on August 4th, 1981, from her job as a legal secretary at the law offices of Jim Rabbitt and Jay Feldstein in Toledo, Ohio. They found their desks prepared for that day and the radio turned on. Her car keys and purse were found but her car was locked and sitting in the parking lot. Mail was left unclaimed in the front door handle and a romance novel she was reading was left open on the only violent scene in the book, where the heroine was abducted at knifepoint. She did not leave a note in the door, which she would do if she needed to step out during work hours. She left a substantial amount of money in her bank account and her social security number has not been used since she vanished.

Cynthia, nicknamed "Cindy", was a devout Christian who her father said, loved her family and obeyed her parents. She had a boyfriend and a circle of friends. Her sister, Christine Savidge, said Cynthia was planning to leave her job 2 weeks after she had disappeared to attend Bible college. Cynthia had relayed to her mother that she had been having nightmares about a man attacking her. Her mother died of cancer in 1983. Cynthia had also been getting harassing phone calls in the weeks leading up to her disappearance. Cynthia would keep her office door locked and a buzzer was installed in her office to alert the business next door in case she came across trouble. Someone had spray painted "I love you Cindy by GW" on a wall outside the office that bothered Cynthia. The message was painted over weeks later only for whomever tagged the first one to write the message again in larger lettering. A client named Larry Mullins said that Cynthia had gotten a phone call a day before she vanished that bothered her. After he went home, he was so concerned about her that he had the police check on her.

Michael Anderson, Cynthia's father, said that she became debutante-like shortly before she disappeared. She started taking extra care of her face and skipped meals. A month after Cynthia vanished, a woman called to say that Cynthia was being held in a white house. She talked in low whispers and didn't stay on the line long. She later called the police back and said that there were 2 houses side by side and owned by the same family. She said Cynthia was in the basement of one of the homes and that the family was out of town but that the son was home. Police checked every street on the north side of Toledo but couldn't find the exact houses the lady claimed that Cynthia was held at. Cynthia's father Michael never moved from the house she grew up in and never changed the phone number in case Cynthia were to find her way home. He died in 2008. It is noted in his obituary that Cynthia preceded him in death.

Shortly after Cynthia vanished, 9 people were indicted by a grand jury for drug trafficking. Investigators suspect that Cynthia knew one of the men, Jose Rodriguez Jr., and his attorney Richard Neller. Neller worked at the law firm where Cynthia had worked and authorities theorize that Cynthia overheard conversations between Neller and Rodriguez concerning drug deals prior to her disappearance. They feel that both men killed Cynthia to keep her quiet about the drug deals, but this has never been proven. An informant testified at Rodriguez's 1995 trial that Rodriguez confessed to killing Cynthia, but the testimony was ruled to be unreliable. Both men are currently imprisoned due to drug convictions.

Anthony and Nathaniel Cook, 2 brothers convicted of 9 murders between them in the 1980's, have denied being involved in Cynthia's disappearance. Another man currently imprisoned in Ohio is also thought to have been involved in Cynthia's disappearance but no connection has been established and the man was never publicly identified. All 3 men however, have not been officially ruled out by investigators in Cynthia's disappearance. Cynthia Anderson remains missing and her case unsolved.

Cynthia Jane Anderson is 5'4, 115 lbs. and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has a chicken pox scar on her forehead and a 1 1/2 inch scar on the inside of her right knee shaped like an open fish hook. She would today be 51 years old.
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I couldn't find a proper thread about her, so I made one.

20-year-old Cynthia Jane Anderson disappeared on August 4th, 1981, from her job as a legal secretary at the law offices of Jim Rabbitt and Jay Feldstein in Toledo, Ohio. They found their desks prepared for that day and the radio turned on. Her car keys and purse were found but her car was locked and sitting in the parking lot. Mail was left unclaimed in the front door handle and a romance novel she was reading was left open on the only violent scene in the book, where the heroine was abducted at knifepoint. She did not leave a note in the door, which she would do if she needed to step out during work hours. She left a substantial amount of money in her bank account and her social security number has not been used since she vanished.

Cynthia, nicknamed "Cindy", was a devout Christian who her father said, loved her family and obeyed her parents. She had a boyfriend and a circle of friends. Her sister, Christine Savidge, said Cynthia was planning to leave her job 2 weeks after she had disappeared to attend Bible college. Cynthia had relayed to her mother that she had been having nightmares about a man attacking her. Her mother died of cancer in 1983. Cynthia had also been getting harassing phone calls in the weeks leading up to her disappearance. Cynthia would keep her office door locked and a buzzer was installed in her office to alert the business next door in case she came across trouble. Someone had spray painted "I love you Cindy by GW" on a wall outside the office that bothered Cynthia. The message was painted over weeks later only for whomever tagged the first one to write the message again in larger lettering. A client named Larry Mullins said that Cynthia had gotten a phone call a day before she vanished that bothered her. After he went home, he was so concerned about her that he had the police check on her.

Michael Anderson, Cynthia's father, said that she became debutante-like shortly before she disappeared. She started taking extra care of her face and skipped meals. A month after Cynthia vanished, a woman called to say that Cynthia was being held in a white house. She talked in low whispers and didn't stay on the line long. She later called the police back and said that there were 2 houses side by side and owned by the same family. She said Cynthia was in the basement of one of the homes and that the family was out of town but that the son was home. Police checked every street on the north side of Toledo but couldn't find the exact houses the lady claimed that Cynthia was held at. Cynthia's father Michael never moved from the house she grew up in and never changed the phone number in case Cynthia were to find her way home. He died in 2008. It is noted in his obituary that Cynthia preceded him in death.

Shortly after Cynthia vanished, 9 people were indicted by a grand jury for drug trafficking. Investigators suspect that Cynthia knew one of the men, Jose Rodriguez Jr., and his attorney Richard Neller. Neller worked at the law firm where Cynthia had worked and authorities theorize that Cynthia overheard conversations between Neller and Rodriguez concerning drug deals prior to her disappearance. They feel that both men killed Cynthia to keep her quiet about the drug deals, but this has never been proven. An informant testified at Rodriguez's 1995 trial that Rodriguez confessed to killing Cynthia, but the testimony was ruled to be unreliable. Both men are currently imprisoned due to drug convictions.

Anthony and Nathaniel Cook, 2 brothers convicted of 9 murders between them in the 1980's, have denied being involved in Cynthia's disappearance. Another man currently imprisoned in Ohio is also thought to have been involved in Cynthia's disappearance but no connection has been established and the man was never publicly identified. All 3 men however, have not been officially ruled out by investigators in Cynthia's disappearance. Cynthia Anderson remains missing and her case unsolved.

Cynthia Jane Anderson is 5'4, 115 lbs. and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has a chicken pox scar on her forehead and a 1 1/2 inch scar on the inside of her right knee shaped like an open fish hook. She would today be 51 years old.
good post and hopefully this one will be solved. it has all of the elements of one of the UM's that would have us looking in different directions. I either forgot or was never aware of the drug theory. that's strong evidence there. she could have been a victim of a drug dealer that was involved with violent crime.
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I don't remember this one. Heartbreaking
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Someone posted in another thread that they were in fact the Cindy the graffiti was intended for and that they had tragically lost the sweetheart/urban artist. She seemed quite credible to me, so I think that was a red herring. She even lists the date and cause of death of GW.



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You probably didn't find it because it uses Cindy not Cynthia
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Someone posted in another thread that they were in fact the Cindy the graffiti was intended for and that they had tragically lost the sweetheart/urban artist. She seemed quite credible to me, so I think that was a red herring. She even lists the date and cause of death of GW.



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You probably didn't find it because it uses Cindy not Cynthia
Thanks for this. I tried "Cindy Anderson" and "Cynthia Anderson" in the search but couldn't find a big thread. That's sad what happened to this Cynthia's boyfriend. Guess we can rule out the graffiti in Cynthia Anderson's case.
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Heh. Maybe the search engine has its own Unsolved Mystery. You're quite welcome, everyone's google fu fails at some point.
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I did read an interesting theory on a Websleuth article about Cindy's case. Someone said that her father "gave off bad vibes" during his interview on Unsolved Mysteries and didn't seem right. They also said that everything that had been happening to her in the weeks leading up to her disappearance were red herrings and that she engineered her own disappearance to get away from her Chrisitian family, namely her father.

Her father did seem a little weird with his words, like "she was the type of daughter you enjoyed, a beautiful young girl". That may or may not indicate some kind of physical or sexual abuse or both, but he also mentioned her becoming debutante-like and skipping meals and working on her face alot. Some victims of sexual abuse will do bizarre habits like attend to their faces more than usual and skip meals. I don't want to overinflate the possibility that she ran away but it is a likely scenario. I read another comment where they said someone had killed Cindy and put her in a storage shed but that the shed got destroyed by a hurricane and that lead ended up nowhere.
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Speaking of Websleuths, one of the posters in that thread is very odd...I am a little weirded out by what he wrote.
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A few things occur to me. Cynthia had been reading a romantic novel with a violent scene which might explain her nightmares had she been reading late in bed. She might have related this to friends and the telephone calls might have been some practical joke. It could have been the boyfriend if he couldn't accept her seeing someone else,which would explain her taking more care of her appearance those past few months. I don't think the father has anything to do with it. I think Cynthia was abducted and may have been incarcerated in the basement of the house mentioned by the anonymous telephone call to the Police,before deciding he had to kill her. I think the perpetrator probably told this woman what he had done and also wrote the graffiti,so he appears casual and careless which makes me puzzled why this case is still unsolved.
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A few things occur to me. Cynthia had been reading a romantic novel with a violent scene which might explain her nightmares had she been reading late in bed. She might have related this to friends and the telephone calls might have been some practical joke. It could have been the boyfriend if he couldn't accept her seeing someone else,which would explain her taking more care of her appearance those past few months. I don't think the father has anything to do with it. I think Cynthia was abducted and may have been incarcerated in the basement of the house mentioned by the anonymous telephone call to the Police,before deciding he had to kill her. I think the perpetrator probably told this woman what he had done and also wrote the graffiti,so he appears casual and careless which makes me puzzled why this case is still unsolved.
The graffiti is not part of her case anymore. A poster in another Cindy Anderson thread said that her name is also Cindy and that the graffiti was meant for her that her boyfriend wrote for her. He died a few years later in a motorcycle accident. The poster even posted a letter from him to her in the thread.
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You know, I never got any bad vibes from her father. I don't know why others have. He spoke of her in a very fatherly way, not creepy at all. She was a daughter you "enjoyed"? Doesn't sound wrong to me at all unless you are looking at it through another lens and assuming he sexually abused his kids.

I don't think she left either. She had money in her bank, she showed up to work as per normal. The two lawyers who showed up at the office claim her novel was open at the only violent page in the book. We have to trust their claims 100% here because no one else can verify this.

No doubt this was an inside job. There is no forced entry. No sign of a struggle. She had to have known who the perp was. The door was locked as well. Someone had to lock the door behind them, or go out a back door, but the main thing is Cindy either let someone in there or they already had a key.

The phone call could be a hoax but you never know. Cindy worked in an environment where she easily could have overheard something she shouldn't have. She also worked in an environment that could easily cause nightmares just from hearing the stories. She was also a young 20 year old girl and it is understandable that she could have gotten scared easily from these stories.

She's dead in my opinion, probably shortly after her abduction.
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I really, really hope the "chained in the basement" story isn't true. The thought of some guy holding her captive in a basement is just sickening to think of. I think she was abducted and sadly killed not long after her disappearance. There is NO way I will ever believe she ran off. She had a boyfriend, seemingly good family relations, and was about to go to a college with her boyfriend. No way did she put her romance novel on her desk and just leave on a whim one day without taking her car or anything else.

The first time I heard the father's comments about her acting like a "debutante" I thought it was a little odd, but now I don't think it was. Some people think it's weird that he's smiling in the interview but he just seems like a very optimistic guy to me, hopeful that his daughter did run away and that the debutante behavior being "part of the problem" may have led to her walking out from her strict, religious environment. I know I would much rather believe my kid ran away than that they were abducted and harmed.

I think the romance novel being in a violent part was just an eerie coincidence (and a very chilling one at that!). I also think it was an inside job. She had a panic button on her desk and didn't push it. I bet someone she knew came in and she set down her book and then maybe got up from her desk or in a position where she couldn't press it by the time she realized she was in danger. Didn't she disappear on her lunch break? Maybe someone she knew or someone who worked there requested her to go somewhere with them or something and that's how she got taken without signs of a struggle or anyone seeing anything.

Now we now that G.W. is unrelated, but what about the phone calls? Threats not to tell about what she potentially heard?
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You know as strange as it sounds I don't think there was much discussion in the other Cynthia Anderson thread about the threating phone calls even though I felt they were a key part of the segment concerning her disappearance. As I recall in the segment there was a re-enactment which showed a man at Cynthia's office filling out paper work or something when Cynthia received two phone calls in a row. During the second call Cynthia immediately hung up. The man in the room asked about them and she said it was nothing but they actually showed an interview with the man in the segment and he states that he was so concerned about Cynthia and her reaction to those calls that he notified the police about it and requested they check on her.
Whether the police actually did check up on her or not is unknown but I have a feeling they probably did not and it wasn't viewed as serious which it unfortunately it turned out to be.

I agree with most here that she was likely abducted and sadly met her end not long after that.
On another note I would like to add that the police officer in the segment who received the phone calls from the lady saying Cynthia was being held in a basement actually came across to me as one of the most caring law enforcement officials because he seemed genuinely determined to find her even going in search of her on a vague clue about the type of house she was
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I hope he finds this thread because he is someone connected to this case that could shed some light on a lot of things.
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Does anyone think this is the same Terri Kowalski who is interviewed in the Cindy Anderson segment? https://www.linkedin.com/in/terri-l-kowalski-b2187615
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