It's believed that Dolores left her house wearing only a light-colored nightgown, possibly a blouse, brown slacks, and thong-type shoes according to authorities. To disappear with nothing more than the clothes on her back suggests that she either feared for her life or didn't leave by choice. Other items she left behind included her keys, eyeglasses, rings, medicine, the remainder of her clothing, and other personal property.
Married and a mother of two young children, the kids were spending the night at her brother's residence. The house the couple shared was located in a neighborhood known as Hillcrest Estates, a collection of homes sitting on four and five-acre parcels.
Residents of this horseshoe-shaped street believed it was more like living in the country rather than in town. At the time, it would have been just over four miles to reach the edge of the nearest town. That's a long walk on a dark, lonely road wearing nothing but a pair of sandals and light clothing.