On January 30, 1989, 13-year-old Dublin teenager Ilene Misheloff was abducted while walking home from Wells Middle School. She was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. that day, walking alone on Amador Valley Boulevard near Village Parkway. Her key fob was later found near the entrance to John Mape Park, along the route she normally took to her home.
At the time of her disappearance, Ilene had braces; pierced ears; freckles on her cheeks and the bridge of her nose; and a small lump on the inside of her left ankle. She was last seen wearing a charcoal gray pullover "Esprit" polo sweater; a pink and charcoal gray skirt with horizontal stripes; and black low-top "Keds" sneakers.
Each year, on the anniversary of her disappearance, a community candlelight vigil and walk is held in Dublin to keep Ilene's memory alive in the hope that someone can remember something that will help provide information as to her kidnapping and possible whereabouts.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional walk will not be held in 2021, the 32nd anniversary of her kidnapping. Instead, Dublin Police is sharing messages from Ilene’s father, Mike Misheloff, and Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes. The investigation into Ilene’s kidnapping continues in the hope that she will one day return home safely to her family.