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Cindy Brown

A young woman is last seen with her boyfriend who is later convicted for murder

  • Last updated: October 6, 2022
  • Roseville, MN
  • March 10, 1980

Overview of Cindy Brown

In 1980, 22-year-old Cindy Mae Brown left her work for the last time and was never seen again.

During Cindy's last shift at Kmart on March 10, 1980, she informed her supervisor that she would be leaving town. She had been living with Patrick Thomas Walsh who waited 4 1/2 months to report her missing. He claimed she left for California with 2 men and a woman in a van who were headed to California. Walsh reported her missing on July 29, 1980. He would later be tied to two murdered women in St. Paul, Minnesota area.

Was Cindy the victim of a serial killer?

Patrick was sent to St. Peters Hospital prior to Cindy moving in with him, when he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of a 23 year old woman. He was released from the hospital in 1977. Doctors from the hospital claim that Patrick was not mentally ill, but did have an antisocial personality.

In 1984, an acquaintance of Patrick, Cindy Gerdes, was found murdered in her Lake Calhoun, MN home. Patrick is considered a possible suspect in her murder.

Cindy Gerdes

In 1991, Patrick began stalking his coworker, Pamela Sweeney. He allegedly showed up at her home uninvited several times to mow her lawn, after she had refused his advances. On May 31, 1991, Patrick murdered Pamela sometime after 1:00 am at her home in Andover, MN. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder in December of 1991.

Pamela Sweeney

Where the case stands today.

Today, Cindy’s case remains unsolved and she remains missing with few clues available as to her whereabouts or what happened to her. Sometime after her disappearance, authorities reopened her case, reclassifying it as a possible homicide. Patrick, Cindy’s boyfriend, is considered to be a possible suspect in Cindy’s disappearance, according to officials.

At the time of her disappearance in 1980, Cindy was described as a 22 year old caucasian female with brown hair and blue eyes. She was 5’2” tall and weighed approximately 110 lbs. Cindy has curly hair and a scar on left pinky finger extending from her palm to her fingertip. If you have any information regarding Cindy’s whereabouts or disappearance, please contact the Roseville Police Department at (651) 792-7008 or the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at (651) 793-7000.


  1. Date Missing:March 10, 1980
  2. Birthday:December 20, 1957
  3. Current Age:66
  4. Age at Incident:22
  5. NAMUS Number:MP20955
  6. Race:Caucasian / White
  7. Gender:Female
  8. Height:5'2"
  9. Weight:110 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Brown

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