Dana Zelic was born November 12, 1972 in Hamilton, Ontario, where she grew up with one younger brother. She attended Delta Secondary School and was described as an average student who enjoyed drama class. After graduation, she took several years off to travel. For a while, she lived with a boyfriend. When the relationship ended, she moved into her mother’s apartment in Hamilton’s east end. At 26 years old, Dana had enrolled in a tourism course at a vocational school downtown and planned to get a place of her own.
On the evening of August 30, 1999, Dana was asleep at the apartment. Her mother saw her at 2:30 a.m. Dana was gone by the morning. She left behind her identification, money, clothing, medication & other personal belongings.
Initially, her mother assumed she had stepped out and would return. Dana never came home. Her mother reported her missing soon after. Several weeks later, Dana’s mother saw a photo of her in the Hamilton Spectator, at a Take Back the Night march. The photo was taken on September 17, 1999 – after Dana was reported missing.
One year later, in August of 2000, Dana called a male friend in Hamilton, who did not know she was missing. Dana said she was living in Mississauga, about 48 km away. No details about this call have been released. It’s unknown where Dana was, or who she was with, when she placed the call.
The last reported sighting of Dana was in 2002. One of her friends called police to report they had seen her at the Chapters bookstore in Hamilton. However, at the time, the only Chapters in the area was located in nearby Ancaster; the Hamilton location on Wentworth closed in January 2000.
It’s been 18 years since anyone has reported seeing or hearing from Dana Zelic. She is described as 5’6″, 100 lbs, with brown eyes & dark brown hair. She has a birth mark on the left side of her throat, is known to wear baggy clothing and has connections to the GTA and #Brooklyn, New York. She also uses the names “Frankie,” “Alex,” & “Donna.”
If Dana left with nothing, she must have had help. The circumstances of her disappearance are unknown, and her case is being investigated by the HPS Victims of Crime Unit. Any information helps.