North American Missing Persons Network
Mary Frances Hunter

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Above Images: Hunter, circa 1996

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 1, 1996 from Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 30, 1960
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: 170-185 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Olive skin.
  • Medical Conditions: White patches on skin caused by vitiligo.
  • AKA: Her maiden name is Tremblay. Prefers "Fran" or "Francine".
  • NCIC Number: M-963285404
  • Case Number: 96-B6821

  • Details of Disappearance
    Mary Frances Hunter was last seen by a member outside of her immediate family on Sunday, September 1, 1996 at her residence on board Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, WA. Mary left behind two children, a husband, her dog, vehicle and a significant amount of money in her bank account. No one has seen or heard from Mary since her disappearance. She was reported missing to the Burlington WA Police Department by her husband on Tuesday September 3, 1996.

    She may be wearing cosmetics to cover her skin condition. She likes to read and frequently visits libraries. She is very fond of children and animals, and often worked as a baby sitter. She also likes to hike and enjoys target shooting. She was raised in Mt. Vernon, Washington, near Puget Sound, and is fond of the Seattle area.

    On September 2, 2003, Hunter's husband committed suicide. He was the prime suspect in what is now believed to be Mary Hunter's murder. He has been reported to have been obsessively controlling of every aspect of Mary's life.

    In his suicide note (one of many), he said that Mary had committed suicide, had held a gun to her head for hours, agonizing. It said Mary had begged him not to tell her family where her body was, that she blamed her parents and older sister for her turmoil. It stated Derek would not divulge the location of her burial.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    NCIS Resident Agency
    (360) 257-3359
    Burlington Police Department
    (360) 755-0921

    Source Information
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Washington State Missing Persons