Joan Ellen Hansen
North American Missing Persons Network
Joan Ellen Hansen

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 10, 1962 from Des Moines, King County, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 19, 1932
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • AKA: Joan Ellen Cooper; Joan Ellen Hough
  • Case Number: 04255743

  • Details of Disappearance
    Joann Hansen had planned to meet her mother and sisters at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, but she never showed. The last person to have seen the mother of four was her husband, who told King County sheriff's deputies he spoke with her on August 10, 1962.

    She had been trying to leave an abusive marriage. Hansen had filed for divorce and a restraining order against her husband, Robert Hansen.

    Family and friends believe Joan's body is buried somewhere along the Green River near the Kent-Des Moines Road. There used to be a farm there owned by the Hansen family at the time of Joan's disappearance. Searches of the place where the family barn used to be in the Kent Valley have turned up nothing. A King County judge in essence ruled her deceased in 1975 following a probate hearing, though her body was never found.

    Robert Hansen committed suicide in 2009.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    King County Sheriffs Office

    Source Information
    Unsolved in the News
    Komo News