A woman who’s terrified of leaving her house boards a train and vanishes.

A caucasian woman with long straight brown hair, Dottie Caylor

Dottie Caylor


Gender: Female
DOB: 1/9/44
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 190 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Remarks: Last seen 6/12/85


A missing poster for Dottie Caylor.

Dottie’s missing persons poster

On June 12, 1985, Jule Caylor drove his wife Dottie to a train station in Pleasant Hill, California, 18 miles from Oakland. Dottie entered the station and purchased a ticket. Although a simple task performed by millions each day, for Dottie Caylor, purchasing the ticket was a test of courage. Dottie suffered from agoraphobia, an irrational and overwhelming fear of being in public places. No one knows for sure if she actually boarded the train, because since that day, there has been no trace of Dottie Caylor.

At first, friends thought Dottie may have left to escape an unhappy marriage and start a new life in another city. But as the months and years went by, there was no word from Dottie. Dottie’s sister, Diane Rusnak, believed Jule was to blame for Dottie’s disappearance:

“I think that Dottie could have disappeared to get even with her husband, who had disappeared on her for half of their married life.

Dottie Caylor posing with her husband, Jule Caylor. He has short curly dark hair and a collared shirt.

Jule and Dottie

Dottie married Jule Caylor in 1973 and the young couple settled in the Oakland suburb of Concord. According to Jule, as Dottie grew older, her home became a self-imposed prison:

Dottie had what doctors have called agoraphobia. She would stay inside most of the time. She couldn’t even apply for a job, much less hold one down. It was a real problem.”

Dottie and Jule’s marriage eventually deteriorated. Dottie was often home alone, because Jule worked out of town over fifty percent of the time. Then in November 1981, their relationship erupted in violence. Dottie’s friend, Paula Powers, recalled Dottie’s first physical altercation with her husband:

“She told me that they got in an argument. It escalated to the point where he finally hit her with a board or something, and… she did grab some scissors and said, you keep away from me, and protected herself.”

But according to Jule, it was Dottie who started the fight:

“She was standing over… me with those scissors swearing at me and saying, I’ll kill you, you son of a … I’ll kill you. And I grabbed her little typing stand and hit her with it.”

A woman in a blue shirt walking past rows of PO boxes.

Dottie had a secret PO box and bank account

In 1984, Dottie decided to join a support group called “Women in Transition.” Without ever telling Jule, she attended meetings for over a year. Shelly Wilson, a friend of Dottie’s, noticed an immediate change in her friend:

“As time went on, I would notice she was adding a little more color to her outfits. She cut her hair in a new style, which was a very scary thing for her. It was as if a new Dottie were emerging.”

In addition, Dottie secretly rented a post office box to receive her mail without Jule knowing about it. She also opened a personal bank account and transferred $5,000 into a cashier’s check. Jule Caylor was shocked to learn of his wife’s devious behavior:

“She had secret lives, a secret existence that I knew nothing about. And she wanted it that way… I wasn’t even aware of it. I was just suspicious.”

A light blue leather purse is found on a car seat.

Dottie’s purse was found in her car

Then, one month before Dottie’s disappearance, Jule told her he had accepted a job transfer to Salt Lake City. He recalled Dottie’s reaction:

“Dottie had said, in the event that I got transferred, that she was not interested in going with me. So I wasn’t expecting her to go with me. And wouldn’t even have wanted her to, I guess.”

According to Jule, just a few days before he was to leave for Salt Lake City, he drove Dottie to the train station. Jule was certain that Dottie had her purse, as well as her overnight bag as she walked in the train station the last time. But he can’t be sure that Dottie ever boarded the train:

“And I dropped her off, and she walked around the corner of the station and disappeared.”

A white train is pulling out of a train station.

Did Dottie really leave on a train?

The next day, Jule took the train home from work. In the train station parking lot, he was surprised to find Dottie’s Volkswagen parked next to his car:

“So I walked over and looked inside, and then I noticed her purse, and that was very, very strange.”

Shelley Wilson also found it strange that Dottie left her purse behind:

“She told me how important it was to her, to have her purse with her all the time. That’s one of the things that made me feel so terribly upset when I realized that she had not taken her purse with her.”

Over the next four days, Jule left notes on Dottie’s car, asking her to contact him. He expressed his love for her in the notes and pleaded with Dottie to come home. Jule waited five days to file a missing persons report. Two weeks later, Jule moved to Salt Lake City, where he built a comfortable new life for himself:

“It was hell living with Dottie. It was hell having her disappear the way that she did. And yet, since I’ve gotten here, and gotten settled, and into a new job and that whole problem is behind me, things are really pretty good.”

Many years have passed and still no one knows if Dottie Caylor left to escape an unhappy marriage or if she was simply the victim of foul play. The Concord Police Department is still treating Dottie’s disappearance as a homicide. Police do not consider Jule Caylor a suspect but a “person of interest.”

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season one with Robert Stack and season three with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Robert Stack and Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.




  1. I didn't need to use the phone anyway.

    He said at the end of the episode that He’s happy without her and his life was good in Utah and She put him through hell and that was all behind him now. That sounds suspicious too. I know him just saying things isn’t enough to get him arrested, but I think the police need to dig up that yard at the house they lived in at the time of her disappearance! That’s probably where they is at. I don’t believe she ever left that house! I don’t believe they had a basement either. Maybe The police should also check the crawl space too. If he ever is on his deathbed maybe he’ll do the right thing and confess and tell where she is at, so the family can finally have some closure.


  2. Chardonnay Knox

    https://charleyproject.org/case/dorothy-may-caylor Read this and tell me that you still do not think Jule did this for a fact. specifically the letter to his coworker.


  3. Gina

    Dottie does seem like she was a very unlikeable woman in her own right.


  4. Andrew Stull

    This case also reminds me of a friend whose mother did not have a drivers license and just stayed home all day and took care of the house. Their marriage (according to my friend) was good and happy. When the two boys were in their early 20s their mother secretly started seeing someone and up and left the family with her new man and they have not seen her since. The only difference is that she would call her sons occasionally.


  5. Andrew Stull

    Sometimes those that seem guilty really are not. The husband does not seem to care much for Dottie but that does not make him guilty. A previous comment was made that just a few weeks ago Jule is filing paperwork with the county where they lived to declare her dead so he can sell their old home. Over 35 years later I think that should say at least something. It would be more suspicious if the tried to do that a few months after her disappearance. This case is bizarre.


  6. C Dawkins

    Why did it take so long for the police to name the husband as a person of interest, when most of the time the person last seen with a missing person, as well as the husband of a missing woman, is the person who killed them?


  7. Hang on to your Ego

    Jule looks like Webb Pierce.


  8. Kenna

    The way the husband was so blase at the end of the episode saying Dottie made his life hell and how things are pretty good without her is very telling.


  9. Stephanie Villa

    I sure hope the Police follow up on this, It is clear that he is guilty. Justice needs to be served. There are too many holes in his story. How could the Police believe his story? I’m completely shocked by this case, very disturbing! You can see the guilt in his eyes and hear it in his voice. Arrest him! Check the house out! interrogate him!


  10. L Dean

    So, interestingly enough, Dottie’s husband has filed a “petition to establish fact of death for a joint tenant” on January 7, 2019 against Dottie’s estate in Contra Costa County Superior Court.


    Case #MSP04-00560

    I have not been able to figure out of the petition was approved. I believe Jule might be doing this so he can sell the house. I just found this today, and have not had a chance to delve further. I do believe Jule has knowledge of Dottie’s death at the very least, even if he’s not directly responsible for her demise.


    • Cris

      Regardless if a person has personal knowledge of the demise of another individual or not, in most States, if someone has been unaccounted for and out of contact, unable to be found or whereabouts unknown/missing for more than 7 years (may vary depending on conditions of the State/Province) that individual can be lawfully declared “dead” for purpose of liquidation of their estate and holdings by the next of kin/spouse/family/associates by order of a court. Doesn’t mean the husband actually KNOWS anything. It just means he can legally move on with his life and sell whatever mutual property that isn’t covered under “abandoned property” laws. Without a confession, a body or witnesses, we may never know what happens to Dotty. Jule has been investigated and even warrants have been served over the years with nothing to show for it. It’s just as likely Dotty walked away and has made a life for herself under another name somewhere else. Back then it was rather easy to do.


  11. Bob the cop

    You armchair detectives make me laugh. If you’re so good at police work and have all the answers why don’t you go to a police academy and become the best cop this country has ever seen!


  12. Kayla L

    Why was her car at the train station if he dropped her off? He also stated she had her purse with her when he left her. Jule is guilty and you can see it on his face. He has totally disconnected himself from it, no emotion what so ever and even stated after he moved and started a new job that he was “happy it’s over” . . . GUILTY.


  13. Captain Obvious

    But seriously to sum it all up, the husband clearly did it. No question about it!


  14. Jenn

    The interview alone is shocking to me! He shows no emotion, nothing! ” that problem is behind him” ! Wow!!!!


  15. Do it for Dottie

    I’ve noticed at least 2 comments of people stating they may personally know Dottie. Have there been any further updates? How often are stories on this site updated? Also, why aren’t more people calling the police dept and asking them what the legal hold up is? Isn’t this interview alone enough for a search warrant? Smh


  16. Bill Blaski

    This man is 80yrs old and lives in West Jordan UT. I wonder if they were to search the house in Concord what would they find? Does he still own the CA house? I would loveto see the basement dug upor the yard Prayers to her family.


  17. Operation Plumbob

    – Jule was married when he started seeing Dottie.
    – They fought over money. He hit her with a board over a missing checkbook. Neighbors heard the fight and called the cops. She stayed in a battered women’s shelter because of it, after being released from the hospital.
    – He was gone for half their marriage.
    – He secretly was seeing at least one woman. Dottie had evidence in a safe of other affairs.
    – Dottie was secretly attending support groups for women.
    – Two weeks before Dottie disappeared Jule proposed marriage to another woman.
    – After Dottie’s disappearance Jule told his fiancee he’d gone through “Herculean” efforts to be with her and that he would do anything for her, even kill. The combo of his wife’s disappearance and those words led to the woman breaking off the engagement permanently.
    – Jule’s story about dropping Dottie off is very suspect and full of holes.
    – Jule had access to locations where a body could be dumped and never found.
    – Jule shows textbook narcissistic personality disorder, blatantly exhibiting 7 of the 9 symptoms.
    – He was very proud that his previous life was “behind him” and has shown extreme anger whenever this disappearance comes back to haunt him.

    Dude’s guilty AF. If he didn’t kill her himself, he hired someone to do it so he could be free of her.


  18. Ash Paladium

    Lazy cops need to put the maple bars down and do.sime real police work. Talk about piss poor detective work. There is DNA now. Why haven’t they tried to locate his old car or her car and test it or test the old house they lived at? I bet my nutsack that he snapped and killed her. Threw her in the trunk and buried her up at Mt Diablo or something. Not a stretch. It’s Concord. Where else would he do it? Winchell’s inst a stretch either. Worthless cops. Typical. Too busy making money pulling people one for bull like looking at your IPOD. Gay.


  19. Alina Dawson

    Dottie got a ride to the station from her husband, why was the fact her vehicle showed up right next to his not investigated further? Why and how would her vehicle mysteriously appear? This discrepancy is the key to her disappearance.


  20. Anonymous

    Loved that Jule dude, no way he did it or he would have done more to pose for the cameras. The woman he was married to was obviously a nag and a hag and he made no bones about wanting to get the hell away from her. Reminds me of that Hugh dude that they did a feature on, the guy whose wife disappeared with him disappearing years later as well, the witch served the guy dog food for dinner. Women are not the only sex that are sometimes saddled with having to deal with a wretched husband/boyfriend, it can happen in reverse and all the power in the world to men who separate themselves from hag bags, leave them before evil thoughts start to enter your head, their faces will never look less witch-like and they ain’t going to lose any weight.


    • Tenarife

      This was on UM today. I kept wondering how was Dottie paying all the bills when her husband was gone for so much of the marriage because it was said she rarely left the house and didn’t work? I assume he was sending her money even though he wasn’t around. I was curious why he didn’t leave her much sooner if he split anyway. I think it’s mostly because there are some men that love needy and whiny women who can’t take care of themselves and they have to depend totally on their husbands. My cousin and his wife are that way.

      Something else I wondered about if she wanted a divorce because she didn’t want to relocate with Jule, was he going to continue to support her because they never mentioned her getting a job? I did wonder if she wouldn’t do like many women you see on Judge Judy and claim she has social phobia and other mental issues to get SSI benefits, so she wouldn’t have to get a job or another man to support her.


    • Tenarife

      After reading through the comments I kind of agree with you that if the situation was reverse everyone would be saying it was so great she finally got the motivation to leave him. If it was the husband who didn’t work, saying he had a mental illness and she was having to support both of them, then he once came after her with scissors so she had to defend herself. People would be saying she should’ve left that lazy, psycho bum years ago, and how they can’t believe she supported him all of those years. He should’ve gotten therapy, went on medication and gotten a job. I do believe people’s reaction would be different.


  21. Anonymous

    “Jule moved to Utah, where he planned to start a new life with a woman he’d proposed to six months before Dottie disappeared. The relationship dissolved when the woman learned about Dottie.”

    I do not believe for one second especially after watching Jule’s interview that he was leaving love notes on her car that mysteriously was parked there after he had “dropped” her off. He was engaged to be married leaving love notes on the women’s car he hated? Give me a break and someone get this guy!!


  22. Tyrone

    It was the husband!!! Look at his beady eyes!!! You could hear the joy and smile on his face when he describe Dotty walking around the corner of the station and disappearing… finally how happy he is to leave her and the memory of it all behind… why did he wait so long to call authorities? Why does he have such beady little eyes? And why are his eyes so close together? Straight up solved this within a minute of seeing the husband… why was he engaged to another woman… I mean Christ the cops in that area musta been the dumbest bunch of Andy Griffith goners on earth


    • Aileen Rosario

      Your commentary is exactly what I was thinking when watching Dottie’s story! The husband is so guilty, he doesnt even want to hide it! The police department in this area basically let him get away with murder *sigh*


  23. Person

    there is a woman named Dottie Kaylor that lives by me.


  24. Smellybelly

    This poor woman. Everyone failed her. How could they let this guy get away with her murder! Its so painfully clear he killed her. At the end of the show he talks about how his life is so good now that this problem is behind him.


  25. secretlyme

    I think that the authorities are being very lenient on Dottie’s husband. Whatever he says about how he dropped Dottie at the station, and then how he found Dottie’s car at the train station two days later is awkward. First, if Dottie came back home to pick up her car to drive back on the train, her husband could have seen her. How did hfe open the car door? Did he have the keys to it? Did he take her purse to the authorities? Did the police searched her car to find clues? How come f all of a sudden she decided to ride the train by herself? This is in inconclusive. Dottie’s husband needs to be investigated further and arrested until evidence of his innocence is found.


  26. Crowe

    Not having the entire case file it is hard to make a decision or rendering as to the events that transpired. However the limited knowledge that I have, I would state that the following is what happened to her. The husband omits that he was violent towards her even though he tries to put himself as the victim . This is a very common occurrence in domestic violence cases . I believe that the husband killed her possibly by accident in an altercation and dispose of the body. The reason for this is It is obvious that both parties , however intelligent , had significant issues mentally. The husband that I see as suffering from rage issues killed her and one of these domestic altercations and disposed of her body . Probably at one of the locations that he worked as an entomologist. Having a intimate knowledge of isolated locations it would’ve made it easy for him to transport her body to one of the sites and dispose of it . I also believe that it was very hard for the police at the time to get a reading on his emotions and reactions because of psychological issues that he had . If she Agoura phobia then I do not think that she would’ve been attending the classes that she was or own the car that she did . Great doubts about how severe her mental issues work. But as a psychologist I have a Concern of his. The police may have been able to get a confession from him if they had arrested him and brought him down to interrogation hostilely And let him see a female skeleton as they took him to interrogation . That ruse might have worked but I think it is too late now and the chances of finding her body after all this time and in the remote locations that he worked will be hard .


  27. Mel

    This guy obviously murdered his wife. Why is no one checking him out. He basically got away and even said he is enjoying his life in his new home. How could the family and police not suspect him?


  28. Katherine

    I hope she really did pull herself together and move on with her life, but her husband is so suspicious he reeks of it. He is most definitely not a good man.


  29. Joe

    I too think he killed her. If this crime happened today there would be enough video sureveilance and other digital footprints to blow this guys story apart. Back in the 80’s I think you really needed a confession or to catch someone red handed to arrest and convict.


  30. james

    how did her car get to the train station if he drove her? I think the husband did something with her since she planned not to go with him to Salt Lake City. He didn’t want to have to worry with her so he could start a new life. It’s almost common since. He is the one that made her disappear!


  31. Noname

    I met a woman around 88 her name was Dottie. A name I’ve never heard before. She had problems as well. I see some resemblance. I was around 12 years old. I don’t want to say anymore on this public venue personal reasons. But I saw your show and I can’t help feel that could of been the same Dottie.





  33. R

    How is he not in jail? Probably because he got away with her murder. The only other explanation is she is so terrified of him, she is in hiding. I wish her family would push for his arrest, although like others mentioned- he got away with the perfect crime, he had access to places and equipment to make her body disappear. And her car being there when he dropped her off, WTH? I hope wherever she is, she is at peace.


  34. Eric W Bohannon

    she is forsds to be a sexual victim, becase the woman, has a had a vesectame or had a sex change, something strange, the cream colord house has a rounded courner for stairs, right now I see, black, round stairs, big/wide and also, the stairs that have crem colored carpit, in the rounded corneer,, they are secret Satinic worshippers.she is a Judge. the kidd napper. please forward to the fbi out of the area


  35. Eric W Bohannon

    I get she does not want to be found, and I see her siting on the steps and smoking a ciggirt, and is ok. I get when The Lord God had me specking healing from heaven, she was healed, it was sort of, revenge. she has a right to do so. I get in the after noon, when there are less people around, she might go out, her family, she was vilated by her dad, and a lot of screaming and balming her, for her dis order, even if she is sinning, sleeping with a lover, God says, she is like many, open and cosinat forgivness,


  36. HeDidIt

    If you watch the show & his interview at the end where he says:
    “It was Hell living with Dottie. It was Hell having her disappear the way that she did. And yet, once I got here & got into a new job, That Whole Problem Is Behind Me” (THE WHOLE PROBLEM IS BEHIND ME???????)
    He said all that with the most callous look and tone & no sadness whatsoever. He got away with her murder & the cold case should be re-investigated with HIM as the PRIME SUSPECT


  37. Absentminded Professor

    I’m an agoraphobe and only speaking for myself… there is no way in hell she went into a train station, bought a ticket (ALONE), boarded a train (ALONE) and started a life with no family or friends (ALONE). He probably got tired of dealing with someone with a mental illness, killed her and dumped her body in the mine he had a claim to. If he had access to any kind of explosives I doubt there is much of her left there.


    • Tenarife

      I have social phobia also and I need a “sip” (alcohol) to get courageous enough to be around large crowds of people. I think he got tired of not only her mental illness but having to support her too, but I’m not sure if he killed her. I was thinking something that someone else had said: that he paid someone else to do it. That wouldn’t surprise me.


  38. anonymous

    Dear People; I saw the rough sketch of the proposed burial site which was in the note
    sent from (Alabama?) Go ask any real estate broker about a builder who put a gable
    on top of the garage roof. Now at least you would know which subdivision the body
    might be buried in.


  39. James c Thornton

    First of all how did he know that she purchased a ticket when he claimed that he last saw her entering the station and disappeared. I find it very hard that she would leave all her belongings and not tell him where she was going. Was the ticket ever recovered from the train station. Did she pay for the ticket with cash or credit card. We know domestic violence was a factor so he would have been upset about her new life.was the overnight bag ever recovered and was anything missing from her purse.knowing that he was upset about her new life why leave love notes on her car. How did the car get there when he dropped her off.why did it take so long to report her missing and why didn’t he look for her.since it was a living hell being with her he felt better two weeks later after moving away with no reward offered or any follow up with the police department. I have a very strong belief that he buried her in the back yard or somewhere close and staged the missing person angle.was the purse ever fingerprinted


  40. D.

    I think he is responsible for her disappearance. I wonder if police searched that area Jule owned up in Concord, CA? Here is a link to a mining claim he had at the time of her disappearance. http://thediggings.com/mines/camc75600


  41. Z

    Dottie could have staged her own disappearance, and framed her hubby in the process. If she was not agoraphobic, so much as depressed bc of the marriage and she really wanted it badly enough. Either way, he’s an idiot – for being a horrible liar and not thinking it through or for falling right for it. It’s a wonder he’s not sitting in prison.


  42. Anon

    Her husband killed her. Why did she have a secret bank account if she wasn’t scared of him? Why would she run away and not tell friends and family where she was going? Why would she run away from her home leaving family an friends if he was leaving in two weeks for another job in another city and he said he did not expect her to have gone with him? So she would have been free of him so why would she leave her home? Is there a witness that saw her at the train station? Do they know it was definitely her who bought the ticket? Why would he leave love notes on her car when by his own admission he was leaving her to go to a new job? Definitely the husband had something to do with it but there isn’t enough evidence against him in my opionion.


  43. richard harris

    Husband worked for the Forestry Service. He would have known dozens of places to dispose of a body. He might even have had weekend access to a wood chipper.


  44. richard harris

    He killed her. If she was alive there is no way that she would have allowed the $5,000 certified cheque to expire.


  45. Rebecca

    Jule dropped her off at the train station, but never waited to see if she boarded the train. Why not? Dottie suffered from agoraphobia, but she left town abruptly and on her own. Hmm. Why was Dottie car at the train station if he dropped her off as he claimed, he said he put notes on her car what for? To show the police he love his wife or to cover himself. His story does not add up. He knows exactly what happened to his wife. No one knows that he actually dropped her off at the train station, no one saw, no one was aware she was leaving town. She did not have her purse with her that is something you don’t leave behind.


  46. anonymous

    I am sure the husband is the murderer. I am truly hundred percent sure. Why dint the police check up on him. He seems like a terrible liar


  47. Matthew

    she could have left because of her husband. why would she leave her home if she was terrified and then board a train and leave? She might be far away in Washington


  48. Thomas

    could have left because of the stress. Could be anywhere


  49. Lisa

    I don’t understand why her car was at the train station if he dropped her off. Either I missed something or he’s a terrible liar.


    • Brittlyn

      I dont understand that either, thats so weird. I wonder if its a possibility that she left, came back at some point, someone might have picked her up and they drove back together and got on the train and left? But the fact that her purse is still in the car isn’t right….


    • john jones

      Excellent point.


  50. Tammy Thomas

    Nobody saw Dottie at the train station. I think he (Jule) killed her. She wouldn’t have left her purse. He claims he is happy without her but he left love notes on her car- for whose benefit? It just doesn’t add up.