18-year-old Bonnie Lee Dages had her entire life ahead of her. Instead, she and her son, Jeremy, mysteriously went missing after a trip to a shopping center in 1993.
Bonnie drove her van to the shopping center at the intersection of Lumsden and Lithia Pinecrest in Brandon, Florida on April 28, 1993, at approximately 9:00 p.m.
She brought her infant son, Jeremy, for a shopping trip, and also to meet an unidentified individual.
Bonnie’s silver 1986 Dodge Caravan was discovered abandoned in the center’s parking lot on Lithia Street and Pinecrest Street later in the evening.
The van was locked and Bonnie’s purse, which contained $75 in cash, was inside the vehicle. Jeremy’s diaper bag was also there, but the baby’s car seat was gone.
To this day, family and friends have not seen or heard from her.
“I would say that we have missed her dreadfully and we would always have the hope that someday that she and Jeremy would come home and we’d find out where they were,” said Dages’s Mother, Linda Hersberger.
Bonnie withdrew $15,075 from her bank account days before she vanished. She gave it to a man who lives near her parents’ home, whom they suspect was involved in her disappearance. The man has not been charged in the disappearance.
Foul play is suspected in Bonnie and Jeremy’s cases.
Hersberger, Bonnie’s mother, had them declared legally dead in 1999.
If you have any information about this case, please contact Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.
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