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They Knew Something Was Wrong When She Failed To Pick Her Daughter Up. What Happened To Diane Scott?

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Diane Thomas ScottThe Charley Project

Diane Scott lost both of her parents within a two-month period when she was just six years old. Diane, who had a sister, lived with an aunt and uncle who raised her after her parents died. Diane grew up, got married, had children of her own, got separated, and in 2001 recently enrolled in cosmetology school. She was a civic figure within her community in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and an active, devoted member of Bethel Temple Church.

"She was thunder, but she was a sweet person," Scott's pastor, Winston Palmer, told WGAL.

On May 5, 2001, 39-year-old Diane left her home in the 2600 block of Jefferson Avenue and dropped one of her children off at school. She was supposed to pick her child up from school that afternoon but Diane never returned.

“That brought a lot of suspicion, I mean what mother forgets to pick up their kid at school,” Detective Bryan Jackson with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office told CBS 21 News.

Her best friend, Sonya Palmer, knew something was wrong when Diane failed to pick her daughter up. She was reported missing on May 24, 2001.

When authorities searched her home, they found her new blue Pontiac Sunfire parked at the house. Her purse, wallet, and dentures were located inside.

"The white sweater was on the floor, and her slippers were kind of askew in the living room. The TV was on. Her purse, her keys, everything was there," Sonya told WGAL.

"She was a little bit of a fireball, but she was still the kindest person ever," her son, Kenneth Magobett, told WGAL."I would have hugged her tight, held her close, and tell her that I love her and that I will always be there for her, no matter what."

Investigators questioned Diane's estranged husband several times. He and Diane had a history of violence in their relationship, but he told authorities that he and Diane were not together the day she disappeared, reports the Charley Project.

"Some neighbors heard her on the phone arguing with somebody," former lead investigator Victor Rivera told WGAL.

They discovered there was a large tub missing from Diane's home that was large enough for her to fit in. Detective Jackson told CBS 21 News that the tub was "never found." Investigators have advised they have a person of interest they have questioned multiple times in the case, but no arrests have been made.

“We just keep coming up with a dead end.” Detective Jackson told CBS 21 News.

Diane Thomas Scott was 4'8" and weighed 109-125 pounds when she vanished.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Diane Scott, please contact the Harrisburg Bureau of Police at 717-255-3131.

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