Yolanda Evette Panek
North American Missing Persons Network
Yolanda Evette Panek

Above Images: Panek

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 13, 1995 from Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 21
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 200-210 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race/Ethnicity: Black
  • Sex: Female
  • Clothing: Black tank top, jean skirt, white tennis shoes, white socks, white belt.
  • Case Number: 95-69348

  • Details of Disappearance
    Yolanda was last seen July 13, 1995, checking in to a Portland motel, a few miles from the home she shared with her mother and two-year-old son. The next day her son was found unharmed, locked inside her car, near a bus-depot. A wake-up call to her room went unanswered, and the maid found a blood-soaked mattress, missing the sheets and blankets.

    Panek's ex-boyfriend, Abdur Rashid Al-Wadud, was convicted for her murder. He is believed to have killed her in front of their child.

    Evidence included blood found in hotel room where Yolanda was registered, and Al-Wadud made a 911 call from the area while denying being there.

    After the birth of their child, Yolanda filed a restraining order against Al-Wadud, saying she feared for her life. She said he had tried to strangle her.

    Panek's body has not been recovered. She was a teacher of science and math at the Northeast YWCA at the time.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Portland Police Bureau
    (503) 823-0418

    Source Information
    Eugene Register-Guard - Jul 23, 1995