Above Images: O'Pry, circa 1996
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 19, 1996 from Shreveport, Caddo County, Louisiana
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: May 8, 1970
Weight: 115-120 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Double-pierced ears.
Scar on left side of her neck.
Clothing: Jeans, a short-sleeved black midriff shirt,
brown sandals, & carried a black denim purse with light
Case Number: 1996-00009797
NCIC Number: M-947561205
Details of Disappearance
O'Pry and Mickelson visited her sister's residence on Meriweather Road and departed at approximately 8:00 PM. Mickelson told authorities that he and O'Pry stopped at the Circle K store on the corner of Walker Road and Mackey Lane. Mickelson stated that O'Pry used the pay phone at the store. Phone records did not show any indication of calls O'Pry may have made from the location. Mickelson claimed that he did not witness O'Pry make a call from the phone; he said that he was repairing his vehicle's stereo speaker wires at the time she was inside the business. Mickelson stated that he proceeded to drop O'Pry off at the El Chico entrance of the South Park Mall on Jewella Avenue in Shreveport at approximately 8:30 PM. O'Pry has never been seen again.
O'Pry's boyfriend, Jerry "Todd" Dean, told investigators that Mickelson called him between 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM on July 20, 1996, the day following O'Pry's disappearance. Dean said that Mickelson told him he dropped O'Pry at the mall the previous evening. O'Pry lived with Dean and his friend, Wade Burnley, on Linwood Avenue at the time she was last seen. Dean did not inform O'Pry's family that she never returned home until July 23, four days after she initially disappeared.
O'Pry did not take any personal belongings with her when she vanished. She left behind her young child, something that her family said was completely uncharacteristic of her behavior. Security guards at the South Park Mall told investigators that they did not observe anyone matching O'Pry's description at the shopping center the night she was last seen. Authorities are not certain if she arrived at the location.
Both Dean and Burnley passed polygraph tests administered by law enforcement shortly after O'Pry's disappearance.
Mickelson has refused to take a lie detector test, saying that he considers the devices unreliable.
Extensive searches have not yielded any clues as to O'Pry's whereabouts.
In July 2007, Eric Mickelson was arrested and charged with the murder of an elderly man.
While imprisoned, he confessed to the murder of Kristi O'Pry. Investigators are searching for her remains.
O'Pry needed to run errands on July 19, 1996 in her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. Her boyfriend's friend, Eric Dale Mickelson, agreed to drive O'Pry if she paid for his gasoline costs. Mickelson and O'Pry were riding in his 1971 white Chevrolet Fleetside pickup truck at the time. Photos of Mickelson and his vehicle are posted below this case summary.
Left: Mickelson, circa 1997; Right: Mickelson's truck
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office
Investigator Kay Ward or Bill Duncan
(800) 640-3091 (Toll-Free)
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office
Missing Person: Kristi O'Pry
The Shreveport Times - July 13, 2007