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Case File 1063DFNV

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Dardanes, late 1980's

Camille Dorothy Dardanes
Missing since May 1994 from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Classification: Missing


Vital Statistics


Circumstances of Disappearance
Camille Dardanes-Dotson-Diaz was last seen in Las Vegas, NV sometime during May of 1994.
Shortly after marrying an accused murderer, Dardanes called friends saying she was afraid, but did not specify why.
At the time she had a warrant out for her arrest for a misdemeanor. She had fallen into drug use and prostitution.
She left behind a child, mother and friends who feel she would have never gone this long without contacting her family.
Dardanes was reported missing in Las Vegas in 1994 or 1995. The original report was deleted 3 months after it was filed and a new report was made in 2003. There is concern for Dardane's safety as her husband had a history of violent crime.
Dardanes met her first husband, Gary Dotson, in Illinois in 1985 where Dotson had been wrongly convicted for rape a decade earlier, when he was 22 years old, based on a story fabricated by his presumed victim. After the governor commuted his sentence, he befriended 21-year-old bartender, Camille Dardanes. The woman who had accused him of rape gave him $17,500, which she received as an advance from a publisher to tell her story for a book. With cash in hand, Dotson eloped to Las Vegas with Ms. Dardanes.
The newlyweds bought two used cars, rented and furnished an apartment, and kept current on their daily drinking expenses, at least temporarily. But two months after the wedding, they were broke. Then, in March of 1986, they were evicted from their apartment and moved in with Dotson’s mother. The new Mrs. Gary Dotson found work as a waitress, but Dotson remained unemployed and, it seemed to him, unemployable.
On December 29, 1988, Dardanes filed for divorce from Gary Dotson. Dotson later became the first person in Illinois to be exonerated by DNA.
Dardane has worked as a waitress, a dancer and a store clerk in the past. At the time of her disappearance she used crack and marijuana. She smoked Marlboro.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Clark County Sheriff's Office
Detective Marin
702-229-2907

Agency Case Number:
030319-1134

NCIC Number: W-829929523
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Center on Wrongful Convictions


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