Dolores Wulff
North American Missing Persons Network
Dolores Wulff

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 31, 1979 from Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 4, 1933
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Beige framed glasses.
  • Clothing: Light colored night gown. Possibly wearing light
    colored blouse, brown slacks, and wooden thong shoes.
  • Case Number: 794780

  • Details of Disappearance
    Delores Wulff vanished in the middle of the night from her rural home in Yolo County, about 20 miles west of Sacramento, CA, on July 31, 1979.

    Dolores Wulff 's personal items and car were left at home.

    Within days of Delores Wulff’s disappearance, her husband Carl L. Wulff Sr., a prominent insurance executive and board member of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, became the prime suspect. Carl Wulff denied harming his wife, but refused a polygraph. He told detectives she left home the night their sons were staying at the nearby house of her brother.

    Investigators said they found traces of her blood, an earring, a strand of hair and a palm print in the trunk of Carl Wulff Sr.’s car.

    In 1982, Dolores' family filed a wrongful death civil suit against Carl Wulff Sr., alleging he killed his wife. In 1985, after Delores’ family took the case to the California attorney general, Carl Wulff was indicted by a Yolo County grand jury. He was arrested March 8, 1985. Bond was set at $400,000. With criminal charges pending, the wrongful death suit was dismissed on May 31, 1985, at the request of the Wulff children. On Dec. 16, 1985, after several days of hearings, a visiting judge dismissed the murder charge. Carl Wulff, who was 70, died of heart failure on Feb. 23, 2005.

    Delores Wulff was a secretary at Woodland High School at the time.

    Her body was never found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Yolo County Sheriff's Department
    (530) 668-5244

    Source Information
    CA DOJ
    The Spokesman-Review