North American Missing Persons Network
Denise Vasseur

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Above Images: Vasseur, circa 2000

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 22, 2000 from Oceanside, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 16, 1969
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 115 lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown Red
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Denise's ears are pierced.
  • Clothing: Light Brown Uniform.
  • Case Number: 00018582
  • Dentals: Not Available

  • Details of Disappearance
    Denise was employed as an animal keeper at Wild Animal Park in San Diego, California in 2000. Charles said he saw his wife for the final time at approximately 5:00 AM on September 22, 2000 as he departed for work. Denise told Charles she planned to spend that night at Wild Animal Park for a sleepover event with a girlfriend. She was carrying her sleeping bag and an overnight bag at the time. Denise never returned to her residence and has not been seen again.
    Authorities learned that Denise was having an affair with a coworker Patrick J. Hamilton and apparently went to his house to end the relationship on the day she vanished. Hamilton confessed to Denise's murder in November 2001. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in March 2002.
    Authorities have been unable to locate Denise's body, depsite extensive searches throughout various desert areas in California.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oceanside Police Department

    Source Information
    San Diego County Sheriff's Department
    Sign On San Diego
    CA DOJ