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Date Picture Updated: 1/11/2002
Name: Kristy Lynne Booth
Case Number: M8809003
Case Type: Endangered - Foul Play Possible
Last Seen in: Midland (Midland County)
Last Seen on: 2/2/1980
Height: 5' 8 "
Weight: 120 lbs.
Age Missing: 19
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Date of Birth: 12/26/1960
State Missing From: Texas
Country Missing From: USA
Circumstances: Ms. Booth has pierced ears and a birthmark on the right side of her stomach. She was last seen wearing a white, button-down blouse, pink vest and blue jeans. Ms. Booth was not wearing shoes when she disappeared. Her 1975 maroon and white AMC Pacer was found abandoned approximately 2 miles south of IH-20 on SH 349 (Rankin Highway).
Date Picture Updated: 1/11/2002
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MPD still searching for woman missing 28 years
Detective says he won't give up. Dimensions Nightclub, a popular disco club during its existence, catered mostly to the young adult crowd of Midland's population.
- Detective says he won't give up
Dimensions Nightclub, a popular disco club during its existence, catered mostly to the young adult crowd of Midland's population.
Located at 411 Airpark Lane -- right down the road from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4149 -- the popular hangout was a hit with those between the ages of 18 and 28 before it closed its doors in the early 1980s.
Inside the club, a bar, where patrons could order drinks, was set up along one wall. Off to the side, a DJ booth played music that would have many of its customers up and out of their seats and dancing around the room.
And one customer did just that. She left her shoes under the table that she and her friends were occupying and her coat on the chair as she partied on a Saturday night.
But 28 years ago, on that cold night of Feb. 2, 1980, was the last time anyone saw the Midland native known as Kristy Lynne Booth.
The 1979 Rebel
Booth had just turned 19 less than two months before her disappearance. With reddish-brown hair and small blue eyes, she bore a striking resemblance to many of her former Lee High School classmates.
In 1978, when she posed for her junior year photograph, her long, straight hair was parted down the middle and fell loosely around her smiling face. Her wide grin showed a dimple in her left cheek.
Her thin eyebrows and lips matched the rest of her slender frame. Police recall she was 5 feet and 7 inches and weighed only 120 pounds.
Between the years of 1978 and 1979, Booth was a senior at Lee High -- a school that boasted in its yearbook of the many extracurricular activities it provided for students.
"With 1,979 people attending Lee High School, one would think that it would be impossible to fulfill the interests of everyone," the 1979 yearbook stated. "But we have so many clubs that everyone can be involved in at least one of them."
And the Midland girl took advantage of at least five of them throughout her four high school years.
For two years, she was involved in the Rebellettes program and the Art Club. She spent another year in the HECE program. And her senior year was divided between FTA and the Hero FHA (Future Homemaking of America).
The school staff claimed that out of all the clubs on campus, "homemaking is very popular with the girls."
And it was in the Hero FHA program, where sponsor Mrs. Ruth Holmstrom helped the girls "work towards the future with each new job experience," that the only second photograph of Booth throughout that entire book was captured in a group shot.
"Kriss" Booth sat in the middle of the group, surrounded by fellow club members and was the only one looking down when the photographer snapped the picture.
A year after graduating, Booth still lived at her family home in the 4400 block of Monty Avenue with her father Tom, mother Myra and her two siblings -- a brother and a sister. Police said that she never had any problems at home.
Her nights were spent at The Great Gatsby, a restaurant on Cuthbert Avenue where Hastings bookstore now resides. There, she worked as a cocktail waitress, her father told a reporter a year after his daughter went missing.
Too many dead ends
On the Saturday night Booth disappeared, she had arrived at Dimensions wearing a white button-down blouse, a pink vest and a pair of Levi's blue jeans.
According to police, a male friend of hers, Ron Ferrengburg, who is now deceased, dropped Booth and a female friend off at the club. He took her car and told the two he would return around 11 that night. But when he did, he said, he couldn't find the girls anywhere.
It was five days later before a police report was filed through the city.
"You don't worry too much about a person at that age in the beginning," said MPD Lt. Ronnie Wilson.
The police worked hard over the next several days to track down hundreds of leads. They interviewed a number of people, including those who had been at the bar that night.
They retraced her steps and found she had left her shoes and coat inside the club and had gone outside on that cold night that hit a low of 21 degrees.
Police then were led to believe she either left the club unwillingly or had gone outside with the intention of staying only a short time.
Monday, Feb. 4, Booth's 1977, 2-door, white and maroon AMC Pacer was found abandoned less than two miles south of town on Rankin Highway. Police later found she had taken her car to be serviced the morning of her disappearance and since then the odometer showed it had been driven 268 miles.
One of their suspects then was Ferrengburg. But Feb. 15, just two weeks after Booth vanished, he passed a polygraph test.
From there, all the leads that investigators tracked led to dead ends.
Not giving up hope
Wilson has had the case since 1985. Six months after Booth's disappearance, it went cold.
In the beginning, the tips poured in, but in the last several years, he said, the department has heard very little on the case.
Since the department holds her dental records, it makes it easier for officers to verify if any "Jane Doe" victims they come across are Booth.
There was the victim found in Riverside, Calif., that led the department to investigate a few years ago. But after talking with detectives in that department, Wilson said they couldn't identify it to be Booth.
Last year, a tip of a second unidentified victim found near an Oklahoma river was sent to the MPD. According to reports, the female was found in April 1980 and was the same height, weight and age as Booth.
But again, Wilson said, he called the investigators in that jurisdiction and realized that victim wasn't the one he's been looking for.
Yet through all this, he isn't giving up hope on the case.
"We're not going to close the case," the detective said sitting in his office with binders and folders of paperwork pertaining to her case scattered across his desk and floor. He nodded his head firmly, "We're going to find her."
The Midland Police Department is asking anyone with information in this case to contact the Midland Crime Stoppers at 694-TIPS or Lt. Ronnie Wilson at 685-7108. Tips also can be given online at MidlandCrimeStoppers
2/1/2008 - Midland Police Department
It was 28 years ago on February 2, 1980, that 19-year old Kristy Lynne Booth disappeared from the Dimensions Nightclub at 411 Airpark. Investigators exhausted all leads in the case and have yet to solve the crime.
Kristy, was at the club partying with friends. She was discovered missing around 11:00pm. She had gone outside, for unknown reasons, and left her shoes and coat inside the club. The weather was cold and icy and it is surmised that she either left the club unwillingly or went outside with the intention of staying only a short time. Her friend, Ron Ferrengburg (now deceased) had borrowed her car. The vehicle, a 1977 white and maroon AMC Pacer, was found abandoned 1.6 miles south on State Highway 349 on February 4, 1980. The vehicle had been driven 268 miles after being repaired on the day of her disappearance.
There has been no new information on the case for several years. The Midland Police Department refuses to close the case and request that anyone with any information on the case call Midland Crime Stoppers at 694-TIPS or 1-800-7LOCKUP. You may be eligible for a $2,500 cash reward. You can even submit a secure online tip. NO Caller ID is ever used and you will remain anonymous. http://midland.crimestoppersweb.com/unsolved.aspx
Missing As Of: 02/1980
Last Known Location
Name: Kristy Lynne Booth
Sex: Unknown Race: Unknown
Age: YOB: 1960
Height: 5ft 7in Weight: 120 lbs
Hair: Unknown Eyes: Unknown
Ms. Booth has pierced ears and a birthmark on the right side of her stomach. She was last seen wearing a white button down blouse, pink vest and blue jeans. Ms. Booth was not wearing shoes when she disappeared. Her 1975 maroon and white AMC Pacer was found abandoned approx. 1.5 miles south of I-20 on SH349 (Rankin Hwy).