Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Mindi was last seen at her residence in Mesa, Arizona, three days after she told Mesa police her father was molesting her. She left her home and walked her two half-sisters to school. When her sisters returned home, Mindi was gone and the front door was open. There were no indications of a struggle. Mindiís purse, identification and other belongings were left behind.
The last person known to have seen Mindi was a clerk at a local convenience store where she made a phone call. A witness reported he saw someone driving a green and tan-colored station wagon drive into the parking lot, grab Mindi, and pull her into the vehicle. Mindi was never heard from again. Mindiís half-sister attested to the fact, their father Allen, drove a green station wagon at the time.
It took 13 years before she was reported as a missing-person. Family members thought she ran away or was living in Utah.
Mindi was two when her mother, Mary Xenos Chambers, was found dead in the bathtub of their home in Yonkers, N.Y. Family and police suspected Mindi's father, Allen Chambers, of killing his wife, yet there was no proof. Allen, who was an over the road truck driver, died in December 1994 when his truck ran off the rainy, slick road and overturned in Virginia.
Mindi lived with Allenís mother until her death. She later lived with her aunt while her father was serving time in prison. Upon his release in 1972, he took her back. Three days before her 1982 disappearance, Mindi told the police Allen had been molesting her over the course of five years. Child Protective Services immediately placed her in the care of her stepmother who was divorcing Allen at the time.
No one reported Mindi missing until her aunt did in April 1995. Her relatives stated she had a history of running away and they thought she had simply walked out of her life to escape her problems.
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Mesa Police Department