Overview of Lonene Rogers
Lonene Rogers Went Missing in Early 1981 After Fighting with Her Husband—40 Years Later and He Still Has Never Been Questioned in Her Disappearance
On the evening of January 7, 1981, Lonene Rogers—Lonnie to her friends—got into a fight with her husband, Bud. The fight was only one of many in their relationship, and Lonnie had decided to eventually leave Bud. But Lonnie would be gone in the morning without a trace, leaving behind her son and daughter.
Where did she go?
The night she vanished
According to Bud, she just left—Bud even speculated that it was with another man. But besides her two small children, Lonene left behind her hearing aids, glasses, medication, and even her car, in the middle of a severe snowstorm. What's more, Bud, also a member of the deaf community, would never be questioned by law enforcement about her disappearance because no interpreter could be found to assist.
Where the case stands today
Lonnie's mother, Maxine Raffle, was interviewed in 2011 and reported that Lonnie's DNA had been submitted to the FBI database, and the case has even been profiled by Pennsylvania State Police criminal analysts. Her social security number has never been used
Lonnie's daughter, Alison, is hoping to revive her mother's case. Put up for adoption shortly after her mother's disappearance, Alison believes that the deaf community may hold answers as to what happened that evening. Did her father confess to someone? Did others know about their rocky relationship—someone who Lonnie confided in?
In a recent Clubhouse discussion, Alison shared insights into what she knows and what she's been given access to with the case file.
Want to learn more? Check out Lonene's daughter's book "A Daughter's Journey ... and Story of Resilience" on Amazon.
Anyone with information regarding her disappearance should contact PSP Meadville Tpr. Ludwig Station (814) 332-6911, TDD (814) 724-2985, or anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).