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Diana Leigh Avera
Diana Leigh Avera

The Unsolved Case of Diana Leigh Avera

Diana Avera was a 22 year old when she was last sighted in Mount Vernon, Alabama in August, 1982. She disappeared subsequent in evading the medical facility where she was undergoing treatment. Since then, there have been no sightings or communications from her.


Diana Avera born on May 15, 1960. Afflicted by suspicious schizophrenia, she was involuntarily admitted to Searcy Hospital a few months prior to her vanishing.

The Disappearance:

Avera was apprehended for disorderly conduct on May 21, 1982. She subsequently placed under involuntary confinement at Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon, Alabama.

Diana, afflicted by schizophrenia, underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Her family depicted her condition in the hospital as being akin to a “zombie”. She exhibited little ability to communicate or ambulate. Avera managed to escape from the hospital sometime in August 1982. Since then no trace of her found.

The family of Avera initially reported to the hospital authorities and law enforcements about her disappearance in 1982. But later on her family discovered that this was not the actual case. The official missing person report filed in August 2020.

Subsequently her family provided DNA samples. Then her case has been registered with NamUS. Her family anticipated some information about Diana but of no avail. They don’t get any clue about her as yet.


The location and circumstances of disappearance of Diana Leigh Avera remain unknown. Her case is classified as an unsolved, endangered missing person case.

Investigating Agency:

Police simultaneously ask if anyone possesses any information pertaining to the disappearance of Diana Avera, please contact the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office at (251) 581-1181. Police intends to avert this case from the list of unsolved.

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