Above: Kelly Yates in 1985 (left) and an age-progressed image to 30, circa 2013 (right)


Above: Kimberly Yates in 1985 (left) and an age-progressed image to 33, circa 2013 (right)

Kelly Ann and Kimberly Ann Yates

Last seen in Warwick, Rhode Island on August 26, 1985

Vital statistics: Kelly is a white female. She was born on October 26, 1984. Blond hair, blue-green eyes. Was ten months at the time. Kimberly is a white female. She was born on October 15, 1981. Blond hair, green eyes. Her nickname is "Kimmy." Was four at the time.

Circumstances: They were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Elaine Carolyn Yates. A photo and vital statistics for her are posted below. The girls' father, Russell Yates, has custody of them; she abducted them when he was at work. They had divorced after she had caught him with another woman. She did not protest his request for custody, however. A felony warrant for child snatching was issued for her on November 16, 1988. The childrens' maternal grandmother, was imprisoned on contempt of court for eight days in 1990 when she refused to reveal their whereabouts. She insisted that she did not know where they were.


Above: Elaine Yates in 1985 (left) and an age-progressed image to 67, circa 2013 (right)

Vital statistics: White female. Born on September 26, 1947. Blondish-brown hair, green eyes. She may dye her hair strawberry blond. She may wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, she has scars on one of her upper arms, and a distinctive bump on her nose. She may use the alias "Carlene" or go by her maiden name, "Pigeon." She may be working as a computer programmer or manager. Was thirty-eight at the time.

If you have information as to the Yates' whereabouts, please contact the Rhode Island State Police at 401-444-1000. Any information received will be kept confidential.


Information used to compile this case file came from the following sources:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Doe Network
The Charley Project
Child Quest International
NamUs National Missing Persons Data System
The New York Times
Child Protection Education Of America (site now defunct)

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