Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Cynthia Grotjon was last seen when a car she was driving became stuck in the driveway of a house on Northwest Fern Flat Road in rural Washington County. A person living at that address told Grotjohn to wait while he got a tractor to pull the car out of the mud. When he returned five minutes later, Grotjohn was gone. She left behind her purse, keys and jacket.
Sheriff's personnel and SAR teams searched the area for 3 days and found no sign of Grotjohn.
Grotjohn told the resident she was looking for mistletoe, although the plant does not grow in that area. She was planning to help her 19-year-old daughter decorate wreaths to sell at a bazaar.
Family members said Grotjohn had been depressed. She had recently broken broke up with a boyfriend of one month and was worried about finances with Christmas approaching.
Grotjohn once aspired to be a 9-1-1 dispatcher and volunteered in emergency response. She was working six hours a week as a server at the China Gardens restaurant in Cornelius. Grotjohn was expected to work a three-hour shift at the China Garden but didn't show up. She was normally conscientious about work and would call.
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Washington County Sheriff's Office