Florida Unsolved Disappearance

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Both photos of Joanna Kay Otto

Date Of Birth: August 3, 1973 Age at Time of Disappearance: 19 years old Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’7″; 140 lbs. Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown eyes; brown hair. Location: Pensacola, Escambia County, FL

Joanna’s case is listed as ‘Endangered’ and it is unlikely that the missing woman willingly walked off.

Joanna Kay Otto was born in Dothan, Alabama on August 3, 1973. She attended elementary school in Dothan, and than moved to Florida in 1984 and enrolled in Ferry Pass Elementary School, Ferry Pass Middle School and Woodham High School in Pensacola.

In 1992 Joanna moved into the Maison De Ville Apartments in Pensacola with a roommate, Liseth Nelson. All was going well until the Night of November 20, 1992 when Joanna and her Liseth decided to go to a party.

While at the party, Liseth started feeling unwell and decided to head back to the apartment. Joanna was enjoying herself and stayed behind at the party, telling her roommate that she’d catch a ride home with friends, who were also at the party.

The last known person with Joanna that night was an acquaintance, James Gibson, who later told police he dropped Joanna off at her apartment after having taken home two other people from the party. James Gibson is currently serving a 35 year sentence on a kidnapping and rape conviction in an unrelated case.

Joanna Otto has been missing for exactly twenty years and one week and her whereabouts remain unknown. She would be 39 years old this year.

Kathy Gaut, Joanna’s mother, has suffered every parents worst nightmare. She has a website that was created after the disappearance of her daughter called Hawkshaw Memorial.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact:

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
850-436-9620
Or leave a online tip: Email Form

Agency Case Number:
92S039039