Clara Marie Grunst
North American Missing Persons Network
Clara Marie Grunst

Above Images: Grunst

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 9, 1984 from Joplin, Newton County, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 20, 1963
  • Age: 21
  • Height: 5'3-5'6"
  • Weight: 118 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blond
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Glasses with large, light beige
    plastic frames. Scoliosis. Red pigmented birthmark on navel. Tattoo of
    "Jeff" on left arm below the elbow. Pierced ears.
  • Clothing: White shirt with floral waist band on it, reddish
    brown pants, blue athletic shoes.
  • Jewelry: "Timex" watch with blue band, silver ring.
  • Case Number: 88-01-107

  • Details of Disappearance
    Clara was believed to have been hitchhiking from Joplin, MO to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was living and looking for work. Clara had been visiting the Carthage area from Milwaukee, where she was living at the time, for a wedding. Her landlord in Milwaukee called and said several employers had been calling for her about applications she had put in for jobs and she needed to return, so she used the CB radio to arrange a ride with a trucker.

    She last contacted family at approximately 11:40am from a payphone in Pittsburg, Kansas. At the time she disappeared, she was carrying a large sum of money. Clara liked to hitchhike around the country. Clara went by the handle Missouri Sunshine when talking on the CB (citizen's band radios).

    The driver of the truck Clara was last seen riding in has told several different stories about what happened to Clara in the years since the disappearance, but investigators could never get enough evidence to seek charges for a crime.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Newton County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information
    Carthage Press