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IA BETH RICKETTS: Missing from Des Moines, IA - 22 December 1997 - Age 31, military veteran

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by Akoya, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Beth Ricketts was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department, in Des Moines on December 22, 1997.
     
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    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/17248/0/

    NamUs MP # 17248
    Beth Ricketts
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    Polk County, Iowa
    31 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 17248

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Beth
    Middle name Ann
    Last name Ricketts
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen December 22, 1997 00:00
    Date entered 08/29/2012
    Age last seen 31 to years old
    Age now 51 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 68.0
    Weight (pounds) 120.0

    Circumstances
    City Des Moines
    State Iowa
    Zip code
    County Polk
    Circumstances
    Beth Ricketts was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department, in Des Moines on December 22, 1997.

    Physical
    Hair color Blond/Strawberry

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features

    Clothing
    She was last seen wearing black pants, a white shirt, a zebra belt and a black leather blazer.

    Accessories
    She was carrying a medium-sized black purse.

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Sample is currently not available

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Sgt
    First name Darren
    Last name Cornwell
    Phone 515-283-4811
    Website
    Case number 1997-57018
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Des Moines Police Department
    Address 1 25 E 1st Street
    Address 2
    City Des Moines
    State Iowa
    Zip code 50309


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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2739dfia.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 2739DFIA

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    Beth A. Ricketts
    Reported missing December 22, 1997 from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Classification: Involuntary

    Vital Statistics
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 120 lbs.
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
      • Clothing: Black pants; white shirt; zebra belt; black leather blazer. She was carrying a medium-sized black purse.
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Ricketts was reported missing December 22, 1997 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
    1-800-346-5507
    Email


    NCIC Number:
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
     
  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The 4000 Dubuque Ave. duplex in Des Moines where Beth Ricketts lived. (Courtesy Trulia.com)

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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/beth-ricketts/

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    Beth Ann Ricketts
    Homicide
    Name: Beth Ann Ricketts
    Age at Report: 31 YOA
    4000 Dubuque Avenue
    Des Moines, IA
    Polk County
    Investigating Agency: Des Moines Police Department
    Case # 1997-57018
    NamUs MP # 17248
    Last Seen Alive: Dec. 22, 1997
    Reported Missing: Dec. 23, 1997


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    Polk County in Iowa
    [​IMG]Des Moines in Polk County
    Beth Ann Ricketts, a 31-year-old military veteran and mother of three young children, vanished from Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, under suspicious circumstances.

    According to Des Moines police, Ricketts left her duplex early that morning to go Christmas shopping for her children. She drove a gold 1991 Geo Prizm and was last seen wearing black pants with a zebra belt, a white shirt, a black leather blazer, and carrying a medium-sized black purse.

    Police described her as a caucasian female with strawberry blonde shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, 5-foot-8 and weighing about 120 pounds.

    Ricketts disappeared sometime after purchasing Christmas presents for her kids and a dress to wear for New Year’s Eve.

    She never got to wrap the presents or wear the new dress.

    The same day she went missing, a fire broke out at 2:10 p.m. in the bedroom of Ricketts’ residence, causing extensive damages that totalled $7,500. Firefighters listed the cause of the fire as unknown.

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    The 4000 Dubuque Ave. duplex in Des Moines where Beth Ricketts lived. (Courtesy Trulia.com)

    When Ricketts hadn’t returned home by the following day, friends caring for her children reported her missing.

    On Wednesday night — Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1987 — all three television networks in Des Moines aired a story about Ricketts’ disappearance. At 7:30 p.m., shortly after the story aired, Ricketts’ boyfriend, William Halterman, called police and told them Ricketts wasn’t missing after all.

    Halterman told police Ricketts had contacted him via cellular telephone and said she didn’t want to be found and that she was with friends.

    Halterman’s allegations didn’t make sense; Ricketts loved her children and had been looking forward to both Christmas with her kids and New Year’s Eve.

    The Des Moines Register published a story Christmas Day about Ricketts’ mysterious disappearance, and Halterman quickly lawyered up.

    Police initially classified Ricketts’ case as “Endangered Missing” — meaning the missing person is considered to be in physical danger — and Des Moines Det. Dennis O’Donnell said police believed Ricketts had been taken against her will.

    Officials reached out to the public, asking for help in filling in the blanks in the investigation.

    Despite Halterman’s report that Ricketts was alive, Police Lt. Randy Dawson said the department reopened the missing persons case Jan. 7, 1998.

    ‘I think she has been murdered’
    On Thursday, April 2, 1998, Des Moines Register reporter Tom Alex tried unsuccessfully to reach out to Halterman for a comment on Ricketts’ disappearance.

    Police said [Halterman] had declined to talk to them and had hired an attorney. Investigators also questioned whether Ricketts had ever been “found” and said they believed she “quite possibly may be dead.”

    The Register’s story ran Friday, April 3, 1998, and included, in part, the following:

    Deepening the 3-month-old mystery for detectives is a fire that broke out and heavily damaged a bedroom in Ricketts’ residence at 4000 Dubuque Ave. on the same day that friends say she disappeared.

    Ricketts has not spoken with friends and relatives nor tried to contact a son, 3, or daughter, 10, since December, police said Thursday.

    “I think she has been murdered,” Assistant Des Moines Police Chief Kayne Robinson said. “But I would love to be proven wrong.”

    Paul Christian said he and wife Regina are close friends of Ricketts.

    “Personally, I think she is dead,” Christian said Thursday. “I don’t know how or anything. I just think that because she never got far away from her kids. If she was still alive, she would be with them. It’s been way too long.”

    Des Moines Register, April 3, 1998

    Though her body has never been recovered, the Des Moines Police Department classifies Beth Ricketts’ case as a homicide.

    About Beth Ricketts
    Beth Ann Ricketts was born October 25, 1966. She was a military veteran and lived in Oklahoma City, Okla., prior to moving to Des Moines.

    She was the mother of two young daughters and a son.

    Information Needed
    If you have any information about Beth Ricketts’ unsolved disappearance and suspected homicide, please contact Sgt. Darren Cornwell at the Des Moines Police Department at (515) 283-4811.

    Sources:
     
  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.thedarksideofamerica.com/unsolved-beth-ricketts.html

    Unsolved
    Beth Ann Ricketts


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    Offender: Unsolved
    Age: 31 years old
    Case #: 1997-57018
    County: Polk
    City: Des Moines
    Date of Crime: December 22, 1997


    Beth Ann Ricketts was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department on December 22, 1997. Her case status was listed as "Endangered Missing," which means she was considered to be in physical danger, and authorities believe she was taken against her will.

    Beth was last seen wearing black pants, a white shirt, a zebra belt, a black leather blazer, and carrying a medium-sized black purse.

    Though her body has never been recovered, Beth's case is listed as a homicide. If you have any information regarding this disappearance, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515.283.4864.
    Source: Iowa Cold Cases
     
  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/130895158/

    April 3, 1998
    A Publisher Extra Newspaper
    The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 13
    Publication:
    The Des Moines Register i
    Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Issue Date:
    Friday, April 3, 1998
    Page:
    Page 13

    K Ricketts shortly before she left on a Christmas shopping trip Dec. 22. "She'd bought a dress for New Year's Eve," he said. "She was bubbly and full of life. She'd bought Christmas presents for the kids. That's why I don't think she took off. I think she lvlt against her will." Seeking Clues Police Detective Dennis O'Donnell said investigators need help filling in the blanks in the case. But here's what is known: The 120-pound Ricketts, who is 5-feet-8-inches tall and has blond, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes, left her home on the morning of Dec. 22 in her gold 1994 Geo Prizm. At 2:10 p.m., a fire broke out in a bedroom at the duplex where she was staying, causing some $7,500 damage. Firefighters listed the cause as unknown. The next day, friends caring for Ricketts' children reported her missing. At 6 p.m. on Dec 24 local television stations aired a story of her disappearance and the newspaper followed with an article on Christmas Day. ' But Des Moines police said that about 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Beth Ann Ricketts '.Yini'm, "imam uaiiruiiaii, told officers that Ricketts had boyfriend, William Halterman, contacted him via cellular tele- 'phone and said she didn't want to be found and added that she was with friends. Halterman could not be reached for comment on Thursday. Police said he had declined to talk to them and had hired an attorney.

    Just before Christmas, friends reported Des Moines resident Beth Ann Ricketts missing. A day later, her boyfriend called police to say that the 31-year-old Ricketts wasn't missing after all. This week, ho we vev) police questioned whether she had ever been "found" and saifj, they believe she "quite possi-?, bly may be dead." Deepening the 3-montlMld mystery for detectives is a fire that broke out and heavily damaged a bedroom in Ricketts' residence at 4000 Dubuque Ave. on the same day that friends say she disappeared.

    Hasn't Called " 4 .fcketts has not spoken with friends' and relatives flor Jrid to contact her 3-year-bid" son or 10-year-old daughter since December, police said Thursday. I think she Jias been mur- dered," Assistant Desf Moines; Police Cluef Kayne Robinson Said "But I WOUld love tO be' ..aJ,, ,LJV" ', 1 ,i Paul Christian said he and ! wife, Regina, are close friends of R tickets. "Pj'rsqaally, I think she is aea4," Christian said Thurs- 'i'rtavW iion't know how nr anv- . . - r v 'thing. 1 just think that because she never got far away from her kids. If she was still alive, she would be with them. It's been way too long."
     
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