Disappearance of Sara Anne Wood

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Sara Anne Wood
Sara Anne Wood

(1981-03-04)March 4, 1981
DisappearedAugust 18, 1993 (aged 12)
Frankfort, New York
StatusMissing for 25 years, 3 months and 18 days
Height5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Weight96 lb (44 kg)
  • Robert Wood (father)
  • Frances Wood (mother)
RelativesDusty Wood (brother), Nikki Crowe (sister)

Sara Anne Wood (born March 4, 1981)[1] is a missing child who was last seen on August 18, 1993.[2][3]


Wood was last seen when she was riding her bicycle at 2:30 pm on August 18, 1993, after leaving her church in Sauquoit, New York. During the evening that Wood disappeared, her bicycle, coloring book and crayons were discovered hidden in an area of brush off of Hacadam Road. Wood was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with the words "Guess Who" embroidered on the front, with turquoise blue shorts, and with brown sandals.[4]

Investigation and aftermath[edit]

In 1994, a known child murderer named Lewis S. Lent Jr. confessed to the abduction and murder of Wood. Lent made this confession while in police custody in Massachusetts for another child-victim crime. Massachusetts authorities would not extradite Lent to New York until the trial in Massachusetts was over. Lent claimed that he had killed Wood and that he had buried her body in the Adirondacks. When Lent drew a map of the burial location for the police, extensive searches were conducted, but they did not produce any evidence as to Wood's whereabouts.[5]

Lent was charged with abducting Wood in 1996.[6] Lent later recanted his statements, but he was still convicted of the crime and sentenced to 25 years to life with no chance of parole.[7]

In 2015 the case was reopened; it remains unsolved.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sara Anne Wood – The Charley Project". charleyproject.org. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  2. ^ "The Doe Network: Case File 851DFNY". www.doenetwork.org. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. ^ "Find Missing Sara Anne Wood!". Missing, Unidentified, and Victims. 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ "Sara Anne Wood". www.nampn.org. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  5. ^ "Confessor to Sara Anne Wood's Murder Has Police Searching Again". TWC News. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  6. ^ Jones, Charisse (1994-01-13). "Town Prepares to Mourn In Search for Girl's Body". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  7. ^ "Sara Anne Wood missing from NY 8.1993/1994 Lewis Lent arrested & charged w/ kidnap & assault of 12 yr old Rebecca Savarese, confesses to killing 12 yr old James Bernardo & 12 yr old Sara Anne Wood/Lent doing life/7.2013 Lent confesses to more killing". victimsheartland.forumotion.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  8. ^ "Sara Anne Wood case: Search resumes in unsolved cases related to serial killer Lewis Lent". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26.