Name: Kandi Green Gonzalez
Age: 36 years old
Last seen: June 1, 2021
Location: Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Status: Found deceased
36-year-old Kandi Gonzalez was last seen in Prestonsburg, Kentucky on June 1, 2021.
Gonzalez disappeared after wandering into the backyard of a property on Abbott Creek Road, in a visibly distressed and disoriented state, before running away into a creek.
Kandi Green Gonzalez, of Paintsville, Kentucky, was born in December 1984 to parents Betty Jo and David Dixon.
In 2009, Gonzalez graduated from Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky with a Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork certification. In 2011, she graduated from Spencerian College with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.
At the time of her disappearance, Gonzalez worked as a self employed Licensed Massage Therapist. She lived with her boyfriend of two years, Jeff Blackburn, in a house in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
Gonzalez has a five year old son whom she shared custody with her ex-husband.
On the afternoon of June 1, 2021, Gonzalez was thrown out by her boyfriend of two years, Jeff Blackburn, from the house they shared together.
Gonzalez subsequently wandered into the backyard of a property on Abbott Creek Road, less than half a mile from her own home. She was recorded by someone on the property, pleading for help and asking people to call her mother, in a visibly distressed and disoriented state.
When the calls made to her mother’s phone went directly to voicemail, Gonzalez walked back and forth before eventually running through the backyard and into a creek.
Gonzalez never returned home and has never been heard from again. She disappeared without any personal belongings or her cell phone, wearing only a pink one-piece romper outfit and sandals.
On June 2, 2021, Gonzalez’s family filed a missing persons report with the Kentucky State Police Pikeville Post when they couldn’t contact her.
Gonzalez’s shoes were found by her family in a nearby creek after her disappearance.
Authorities conducted searches in the creek area where she was last seen, using helicopters, drones, tracking and cadaver dogs, but found no signs of Kandi Green Gonzalez’s whereabouts.
Remains of Kandi Gonzalez Found
On June 28, 2023, it was announced that the remains of Kandi Gonzalez had been found.
The discovery came after loggers found a bone near the Left Fork of Abbott, across a mountain from where Gonzalez was last seen. Subsequent searches of the area turned up more remains.
Attempts to determine her cause of death have been inconclusive, though the coroner says the condition of her remains is consistent with death occurring shortly after her disappearance.
Caucasian female with blonde hair and blue eyes. Kandi is 5’8 tall and weighs 110 pounds.
Clothing and accessories:
Kandi was last seen wearing a pink one-piece romper outfit and sandals.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Kandi Green Gonzalez please contact the Kentucky State Police Pikeville Post 9 at (606) 433-7711.
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News & Media Links
Family of woman missing since June 1 desperate for answers – WSAZ 06/2021
Search continues for Kandi Gonzalez – WSAZ 06/2021
Kentucky family desperate for answers 6 months after daughter’s disappearance – ABC13 WBKO 12/21
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