Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Carla was last seen in her home at the Eastwood Projects, a public housing project located at the corner of the airport, where she lived with her mother, around bedtime. Later that night, furniture was found overturned, the house doors were wide open, and Carla was missing. Her shoes we still there, chairs were overturned as was a soda bottle. Her medicine for seizures and her purse was still in the home.
A few days before Carla went missing, a group of men had kidnapped her, taken her to Lake Purdy and raped her before bringing her back home. Investigators thought that when Carla went missing a second time, that she had been kidnapped and raped again, but this time, killed. Police were investigating several other cases throughout the city that had a similar scenario.
A few years later, Carla's mother had her declared legally dead and few years after that,
a suspect told investigators he knew what happened to Carla but later recanted his story.
Based on tips, police have conducted several excavations, hoping to find Carla's remains, the most recent in 2005.
At the time, Carla was to start her 7th grade year in junior high school after the summer holidays.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Birmingham Police Department