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The Troubling Disappearance of Air Force Nurse Nonnie Dotson


Nonnie Dotson
Nonnie Dotson

One of the websites Nonnie visited on the day of her disappearance was, a personals Web site where she posted. Under the heading "A little about me," she wrote:

"I'm the girl who will put her head on your shoulder, not because she's sleepy, but because she wants to be closer to you. I'm the girl who likes to be kissed anywhere. I'm the girl who says, 'ok, but you owe me.' Jokingly not because I actually want something, but because it means I get to spend more time with you. I'm the girl who never gives up hope even when I tell others I have. I'm the girl who loves the feeling when you take me by the hand! Am I that girl?"

In describing the type of man she was looking to meet, she wrote: "Someone who is open, honest and most importantly not afraid to be themselves." At the end of the profile, in a section titled "I'd just like to add" she described her current situation.

"I am an ICU nurse in the Air Force with 6 months to ago [sic]. I am blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many people and be touched by my patients everyday as they teach me something new about life. I am looking for a friend; I believe that in order to have a meaningful relationship with a partner you must be friends first. Life is a gift; enjoy it while you have it because it can end in a heartbeat!"

Nonnie also visited a profile she kept at the popular social networking website In the "About Me" section of the profile she wrote:

"What's to say...I've been there, done it, and continue to screw it up ;) Just kidding! I'll get back to ya on this one!!!!!"

Nonnie described the person she would like to meet in these terms:

"Someone who is honest, willing to be themselves, stand up for themselves and what they believe in and not change for anyone, say what's on their mind without the fear of being judged. Someone that will accept me for all my good and a few of my flaws (we all have them). Someone who is not willing to settle for anything but the best and who has a sense of humor about life. If you don't fit this description than don't waste my time or yours, thanks!"

It remains unclear whether her Internet activities have any relation to her disappearance.

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