June 2, 2008http://investigation.discovery.com/blogs/criminal-report/missing-person/linda_lois_little.htmlThe Missing -- A Weekly Exposé of Lost Souls -- Issue #16
In this week's edition of "The Missing," we revisit the mysterious disappearance of Linda Lois Little, a 43-year-old resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, who went missing in October 1991.
"Linda is my older sister. She basically vanished without a trace on October 11, 1991," Linda's sister, Joy Little, said in a telephone interview with Investigation Discovery. "She was last seen in the vicinity of where she lived in Daytona Beach."
According to Joy, Linda was employed as a waitress at the Chart House restaurant, which was located approximately one mile from her beachside apartment. Linda was an avid biker and would always ride her aqua-colored Murray touring bike to and from work. On the night of her disappearance, Linda completed her shift at the restaurant and rode her bike to Matey's Brig bar on Broadway Avenue.
"She stopped in to hang out with some of her friends from work," Joy said. "She showed them a map of Florida and pointed out some of the places she was planning on going with her boyfriend that weekend. She stayed at the bar until about 2 o'clock in the morning and then rode to a neighborhood Seven Eleven store, where she bought a doughnut and chocolate milk. Afterwards, she was seen riding her bike toward the Broadway Bridge, which is in the direction of her apartment. We don't know what happened next, but she never made it home and no one has seen her since that night."
The people who first noticed something awry were Linda's coworkers. When she failed to come in to work the next day they found it odd; it was unlike her to miss a day, especially without calling in. When the same thing happened the following day, Linda's coworkers called her sister Wanda and told her that she had not been coming in to work. By the next day Linda's landlord, who by now was also concerned, called police and reported her missing.
"The police brought in search dogs and questioned people in the neighborhood, but they found no evidence suggesting what might have happened to her," Joy said. "Her bicycle has never been found and neither has the contents of the duffel bag she was carrying with her – Linda was very meticulous about her appearance and always carried her makeup and a change of clothes."
In the days following Linda's reported disappearance, her family learned something they had been unaware of until that point.
"We found out that her boyfriend, Kirk Conrow, was married," Joy said. "It came as a surprise because she was not the type that would be dating a married man. She would have thought that was a waste of her time and she wasn't going to fool around with it."
According to Joy, Linda and Kirk had been planning a weekend getaway to celebrate their one-year anniversary. His wife was out of town at a conference in New Orleans, so they were going to head to Jacksonville and then across to Tampa.
"When the police questioned him he told them he had not seen Linda and that he had last spoke with her at about 4 o'clock on the day she disappeared," Linda said. "He told them that during his conversation with Linda he had broken off their weekend plans and that instead he had gone deep-sea fishing with a college friend."
It remains unclear why, if the plans were canceled, Linda would have been so excited about them when she later spoke with her friends at Matey's Brig. Nonetheless, Kirk has never been named a suspect or person of interest in Linda's disappearance.
Another avenue police have looked at, according to Joy, is whether convicted serial killer Oba Chandler might have been responsible for her sister's disappearance.
"Chandler lived in the Tampa area and he also traveled to Daytona Beach. On the night that Linda disappeared he was known to be in the area. So there is the possibility that maybe he had something to do with it. But he's not talking and they don't think he is going to confess to any more crimes."
A cold case unit is currently handling Linda's case. Joy tries to keep in regular contact with the investigators and continues to hope for a break in the case.
"My mother and I have both submitted DNA swabs to the police department and those have recently been submitted to the FBI and added to their database. Other than that there have not been any new developments that I am aware of. My mother is getting up there in age, so we hope to have some answers soon."
Linda Lois Little is described as a white female, 5'11" tall, 150 lbs., with reddish brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt or blouse style top and black leotards. Anyone with information is asked to call the Daytona Beach Police Department at 386-671-5100 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-888-277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.