Regina Mae Armstrong
Body Found: 06/18/85
Location: Oviedo, Orlando, Florida
Zip Code: 32762
Possible Suspect: Unknown
On the afternoon of June 18, 1985, Regina Armstrong, then 6, was playing with her 9-year-old sister and their babysitter’s chid outside their babysitter’s Semoran Terrace apartment complex on south Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, FL, when she was kidnapped.
After police were alerted, a massive search for Regina was immediately conducted. The little girl’s sister gave police a description of the kidnapper and police were able to have a composite sketch drawn.
The sketch depicts what the abducted may have looked like in the 80’s. He was described as a man in his 40’s who wore a plaid shirt and old blue jeans. He had a cut on his lip and stubble on his face. He talked to the three children briefly and then left, but reappeared about 30 minutes later as the children play near the apartment mailboxes.
The man lured Regina Mae to follow him, most likely under false pretenses, and promised the other two children that he would pay them each $2 to watch a door at the nearby Beau Barton apartments where he said he and his wife lived.
According to Regina’s sister, the abductor had a broken lip and had an odor to him.
“He smelled oily, like he worked for a mechanic or on cars, he didn’t smell like a normal guy.” recalled Christina Worsham, Regina’s sister, during an 2010 interview.
When Christina realized her sister wasn’t coming back, she tried to warn their baby sitter. But the woman, for some reason, wouldn’t listen to Christina’s pleas and instead locked the door. It wasn’t until nearly two hours later when the baby sitter’s boyfriend and another brother returned, that Christina finally got help.
“I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do or who to call,” Worsham said. “I was just shaken. I didn’t know if I was going to be in trouble or what was going to happen.”
Police were finally notified at 4:30 p.m. when Donna Armstrong returned to pick up her daughters.
“It was unreal. I just didn’t have any idea what was going on,” Donna Armstrong said. “It’s a day I’ll never forget.”
Many hoped for a safe return but sadly, a little over two years after the abduction a construction worker found the skull and weathered, dirty sundress Regina was last seen wearing, in a Oviedo housing development approximately 15 miles from where she was kidnapped.
The findings matched that of Regina Armstrong and what became a hopeful rescue turned into a manhunt for her killer. However, almost 28 years later and the person responsible remains unknown and Regina’s murder remains unsolved.
“The key to solving this case is finding somebody who knows something,” Detective Michael Moreschi from the Orlando Police Department said to reporters. “Either that, or [DNA] technology will finally have caught up with the crime.”
Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact: Florida’s Crimeline – 1-800-423-8477.