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
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Wavy hair. Pierced ears
DNA: DNA Available in CODIS
Case Number: 97-10843
NCIC NUmber: M-085024830
Details of Disappearance
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.
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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Carrboro Police Department
LT John Lau
Myrtle Beach Online