North American Missing Persons Network
Deborah Leigh Key

Above Images: Key, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 1, 1997 from Carrboro, Orange County, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 21, 1962
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 115 lbs
  • Hair Color: Light Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Wavy hair. Pierced ears
  • AKA: "Debbie"
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: DNA Available in CODIS
  • Case Number: 97-10843
  • NCIC NUmber: M-085024830

  • Details of Disappearance
    Deborah was last seen on December 1, 1997, as she was leaving a local bar. A regular at the now-defunct watering hole Sticks and Stones, Key had been at the bar for a while when 21-year-old Andrew Douglas Dalzell walked in, shortly before closing. Key was last seen with Dalzell in the bar parking lot. No one has seen her since.

    Two days after her disappearance, Key's car was found, still parked in the same lot. Her door was unlocked. Her purse and jacket lay on the front seat.

    In 2004, Dalzell confessed to Debbie's strangulation, but his statements were later thrown out in court due to the circumstances under which they were obtained. Dalzell stated that he dumped her body in Wilmington.

    Deborah was declared legally dead in February 2005.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Carrboro Police Department
    LT John Lau
    (919) 918-7397

    Source Information
    Myrtle Beach Online
    The News-Observer