Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Elaine was last seen on June 15, 1976 in Napa, CA at her residence. Neighbors told investigators they saw her gardening in the front yard of her home in the 1500 block of Parkwood Street in north Napa.
On the morning of June 15, 1976, Lehtinenís Naval supervisor became concerned when Lehtinen did not show up for work. A call was made to Lehtinenís neighbor, who agreed to check her house. Her car and bicycle were in the garage. There was no sign of forced entry. The neighbor found an unlocked window and entered the home. Lehtinenís uniform was laid out as if she had been preparing to go to work. Her purse and keys were also found inside the house.
At the time of her disappearance, Lehtinen was a Navy officer stationed at Mare Island in Vallejo. The Navy initially listed her as AWOL, and she was declared as dead in 1986.
Lehtinen had a promising career in the Navy, no criminal history, no indications of financial troubles, nothing that goes along with her wanting to disappear. She never touched her bank account after she disappeared. She didnít have any close family, but she had a lot of Navy friends.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Napa Police Department