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Midwest mother missing from Pettus County disappeared in 2008

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Sedalia, Missouri is a mid-sized town that serves as the county seat of mostly bucolic Pettus County, but in 2008 the disappearance of then 23 year-old Dana Bruce rocked the town and the surrounding communities.

Bruce was last seen at her children's babysitter's home in Sedalia on October 4, 2008. She had left the children there earlier that day so she could go out for the evening. She returned at midnight and gave the babysitter more money, and asked her to watch the children for the rest of the night.

Bruce had been seen at the Malones Bar on Main Street with a young man driving a late model red Ford F-150 truck earlier on the night of her disappearance. She left with the man at 11:30 p.m. She has never been heard from again.

Downtown Sedalia, Missouri

Police have identified the man Bruce was with on the night she vanished. He traveled to Atlanta, Georgia after her disappearance and police questioned him about Bruce after he was arrested there on unrelated charges of marijuana possession and driving on a suspended license.

Authorities haven't named him publicly, but they are calling him a person of interest in her case. He told his questioners that he and Bruce parted ways after they left the bar and he never saw her after that.

Bruce is described as a devoted parent who would never abandoned her two children willingly. She missed both their birthdays later in October 2008.

She left all her belongings behind, including her hairbrush and toothbrush, and she doesn't have credit cards, debit cards, a checking account, a cellular phone or a car.

Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

Dana has brown hair and green/hazel eyes. She stood 5'2" and weighed 98 pounds at the time of her disappearance . She has a tattoo of a teddy bear with wings and the name "Dylan" on her upper arm.

Her hair was colored brown at the roots and black at the ends at the time of her disappearance, with red highlights.

She is blind in her left eye and has a two-inch scar along her lower spine and a staple scar on her right shoulder. Her ears are pierced one time each.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sedalia Police Department at 660-826-8100.

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