Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Lucinda left home to go to a laundromat and her car was later found at a parking lot. She was seen at Char-Pal Lounge, a Tampa tavern near Busch Gardens, with her friends later that night. Her car was the sole vehicle in the parking lot, unlocked, with a basket of clean, folded laundry inside.
Two weeks later, her purse was found at Busch Gardens, in a men’s bathroom of what was then the zoo campground, with only her keys missing. Money, her driver’s license and, her marriage certificate were still in the purse.
She was married and a mother of two at the time.
Several witnesses told police Lucinda had been talking with a man who owned a sign business about a job. He and another man were arrested in the early hours the following morning, before Lucinda was reported missing, for possession of marijuana and a concealed weapon. Police had found the two pulled over on the side of the road, asleep. Records show the sign business owner was questioned twice about Lucinda’s disappearance; he denied knowing anything about it.
It is suspected she was a victim of Tampa serial killer Bobby Joe Long, who was arrested three weeks after her disappearance. He later confessed to killing 10 women whose bodies were found around Hillsborough County. He is on Florida’s death row and denies any knowledge of Lucinda.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Detective Mike Blair