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OH BILLIE GROFF: Missing from Hubbard, OH - 4 July 1977 - Age 28

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by Akoya, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Billie was last seen by her husband on July 4, 1977 near Westview Avenue. She was speaking with a friend by telephone the same evening at about 10:00 PM. She abruptly ended the conversation, stating "They are coming up the driveway, I have to go". It is unknown who she meant by "they". Her husband and two children were attending the city's July 4 celebration at the time, and returned at about 11:00 PM. Her husband filed a missing person report two days later. She left all of her belongings and clothing behind.

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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/33479/0/

    NamUs MP # 33479
    Billie Groff
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    Trumbull County, Ohio
    28 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 33479

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Billie
    Middle name Lynn
    Last name Groff
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen July 04, 1977 20:00
    Date entered 04/28/2016
    Age last seen 28 to 28 years old
    Age now Unknown DOB
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 61.0
    Weight (pounds) 120.0

    Circumstances
    City Hubbard
    State Ohio
    Zip code 44425
    County Trumbull
    Circumstances
    Last seen by her husband on July 4, 1977 near Westview Avenue. She was speaking with a friend by telephone the same evening about 10:00 PM, when she abruptly ended the conversation, stating "They are coming up the driveway, I have to go". It is unknown whom she meant by "they". Her husband and two children were attending the city's July 4 celebration at the time, and returned about 11:00 PM. Her husband filed a missing person report two days later.

    She left all of her belongings and clothing behind.


    Physical
    Hair color Brown

    Left eye color Hazel
    Right eye color Hazel

    Clothing and accessories are described below
    Clothing
    White T-Shirt, Blue cut-off jeans
    Footwear
    thong sandals

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Sergeant
    First name Chris
    Last name Moffitt
    Phone (330) 534-8153 ext. 3004
    Website
    Case number 77-20
    Date reported July 06, 1977
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Hubbard Police Department
    Address 1 233 School Street
    Address 2
    City Hubbard
    State Ohio
    Zip code 44425
     
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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Senior photo from 1966 Farrell (Pennsylvania) High School yearbook. (Taken 11 years prior to her disappearance)
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/groff_billie.html

    North American Missing Persons Network
    Billie Lynn Groff

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: July 4, 1977 from Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Age: 28
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 120 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Brown
    • Eye Color: Hazel
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • Clothing: White T-Shirt, blue cut-off jeans, thong sandals.
    • Case Number: 77-20

      Details of Disappearance
    Billie Groff was last seen by her husband on July 4, 1977 near Westview Avenue. She was speaking with a friend by telephone the same evening about 10:00 PM, when she abruptly ended the conversation, stating "They are coming up the driveway, I have to go". It is unknown whom she meant by "they".

    Her husband and two children were attending the city's July 4 celebration at the time, and returned about 11:00 PM. Her husband filed a missing person report two days later.

    She left all of her belongings and clothing behind.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hubbard Police Department
    (330) 534-8153 ext. 3004



    Source Information
    Namus
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Newspaper article from August 1, 1979 edition of the Hubbard News (Hubbard OH).
     
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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Hubbard, Ohio
     
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Westview Ave, Hubbard, OH 44425
     
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Has it been independently confirmed that her husband and children didn't return until 11? Were they seen at the festivities after that 10:00 time?
    My first reaction to "they are coming up the driveway" would be her referring to her husband and children returning. Or maybe she just saw headlights and assumed it was them coming?
     
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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    @Shewho - I had the same thoughts about her husband returning. There is very little information available for Billie Groff, and only a few photos. Newspapers are so defiant with their copyrights, but after a year or two the information disappears forever. We really need more information on some of these women.
     
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    That's why we're a bit lenient on the cold cases. If they ask us to take it down, we will, which happened with a blogger one time.
     
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  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    For certain, take down any of my posts if it is requested.
     
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  14. James A Pitts

    James A Pitts New Member

    I was only six when this happened. I remember it pretty well. I grew up on the same street as the Friends and knew their children. My mother was very good friends with Mrs. Groff and she told me a few things that I'm not sure I should put out there on this public forum.
     
  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Do you have any information that might be useful in locating Billie?
     
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  17. James A Pitts

    James A Pitts New Member

    Doubtful. I knew the theory of the cult and my mother told me that Billie confided in her that her husband was very abusive to her. The adults in the neighborhood think he murdered her that night after the kids were in bed. He was a much larger person than she was. They brought a psychic in that said she was murdered and buried in the woods at the end of our street. Back then those woods were very thick other than the trails us kids made for our bikes. Mr. Groff drank quite a bit by some acounts. He didn't interact with neighbors in the years that followed. I believe he passed away a while back. Their kids were well adjusted for losing their mother like that.
     
  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The fact it took him two days to file a missing person's report speaks volumes to me. I wonder if they searched the landfill, do you know?
     
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  19. James A Pitts

    James A Pitts New Member

    I know they dug up the backyard but not sure about any landfill. I will say this..about three miles away there is a small lake. The local crime scene used it to dump bodies. It's literally on the street next to Westview and never busy at night. Name of the lake is McCelvey. That pic of hers on this thread took me back 40 years..unreal. Back then the residents considered Hubbard a great community where nothing bad happened but that street and the street next to it saw a few tragedies.
     
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    There's a small lake near where I grew up and over the years it's seen enough drought that it's been pretty low a time or two. I wonder if this lake has ever been low enough to look around? Sonar would be nice, too, but probably would be near impossible to pick up this old of a case.
     
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