Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Carolann Payne was last heard from by her son in early 1985. Prior to that she never went without a month or two to check in with family. Payne was a drifter with no fixed address. Payne has not contacted any of her relatives, there is no record of any run-ins with law enforcement, her Social Security number has not been used and there are no financial transactions involving her.
She was reported as missing on September 12, 1985.
Joel Abbott was convicted of her homicide in 1993. He told an informant, wearing a wire, that he shot her twice with a rifle, because he did not like that she talked. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Carolann was never located. She is thought to have been buried in rural Deschutes County.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
The Bulletin - Feb 26, 1993