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Missing Diane Hollins
Diane, circa 1979; Tammy Hollins; Benjamin Ponder
Missing Since 06/11/1979
Daytona Beach, Florida
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 10/30/1947 (73)
Age 31 years old
Height and Weight 5'6, 135 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes.
Details of Disappearance Diane and her fourteen-year-old daughter, Tammy, disappeared together from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 11, 1979. They lived in an apartment in the 500 block of Park Drive. A neighbor saw them walking along International Speedway Boulevard away from their home at 6:00 a.m. Diane never showed up for work that day, and Tammy never arrived at school. They left all their belongings behind, as well as money in the bank.
Tammy's death and Diane's disappearance remain unsolved. The chief suspect in their cases is Benjamin Ponder, who who was Diane's boyfriend in 1979. He was born in Screven County, where Tammy's body was found, and had family ties there. A photo of Ponder is posted with this case summary. He maintained his innocence in Tammy and Diane's cases until his death in 2009. Diane's parents and one of her sisters have died, but she has other relatives who are still alive and hope for a resolution.
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