Tucson's Most Wanted: The Search for Linda Watson

By Krista Gold

What happened to Linda Watson? After more than a year, the young woman's disappearance is still a mystery.

In tonight's Tucson's Most Wanted, investigators are convinced someone out there knows what happened to Watson. Both authorities and Watson's family are hoping you'll come forward with clues.

Marilyn Cox says one of the worst parts of her daughter's disappearance is not knowing what to tell her five year old granddaughter. Cox says, "We don't know what to tell her...how do I explain that I don't have a daughter anymore?"

Watson vanished on August 20th of last year. Detectives say she spent the final moments before she disappeared talking on the phone. Watson was upset over losing her job. She had also just broken up with her boyfriend. Investigators believe someone abducted her from her home.

The next morning, sheriff's investigators found a broken coffee cup in Watson's doorway, small drops of blood, and signs of a break-in.

Sgt. Mike O'Connor fears the worst. He says, "It was just like she was there one moment and disappeared the next. I'll always hold out a certain amount of hope, but to be honest with you, I truly believe something bad happened to her, I believe that if she could have come home, she would have come home."

Today, yellow ribbons line the fence outside Watson's home. And a billboard along I-10 gives her family hope.

Cox says, "I'm hoping that whoever sees it will come forward and tell us where she is. I mean, there's a reward out there, so come on, tell us where my baby is."

88-CRIME Director Gary Dhaemers says, "Please help Marilyn Cox find her daughter. 88-CRIME and Linda Watson's family and friends are offering a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible. An additional $10,000 is also being offered by the family for her safe return."

If you have any information on the disappearance of Linda Watson, the Pima County Sheriff's Department would like to hear from you. Just dial 88-CRIME or 882-7463. As always, you can remain anonymous. 88-CRIME doesn't want your name, just your information.