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AL CHRISTINA CARTER: Missing from Hueytown, AL - 17 September 1973 - Age 3

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  1. Akoya

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    Christina Lynn Carter, known as Christy, was last seen on September 17, 1973. Christina's parents had divorced two months prior, and Christina's father was seeking custody. On October 7th, Christina's mother, Janet, was found nude and bound inside of a duffel bag alongside Clingman's Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She had been killed by suffocation the same day she was found. Her remains were not identified for a month. It was after Janet's identification that authorities realized Christina was missing. An extensive search of the park turned up no indication of Christina's whereabouts.

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    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2684/78/

    NamUs MP # 2684
    Christina Carter
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    Jefferson County, Alabama
    3 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 2684

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Christina
    Middle name Lynn
    Last name Carter
    Nickname/Alias Christy
    NCMEC number 1084835
    Date last seen September 17, 1973 00:00
    Date entered 08/10/2009
    Age last seen 3 to 3 years old
    Age now 47 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 38.0
    Weight (pounds) 30.0

    Circumstances
    City Hueytown
    State Alabama
    Zip code
    County Jefferson
    Circumstances
    Christina was last seen on September 17, 1973. Her nickname is Christy.

    Physical
    Hair color Blond/Strawberry
    Head hair
    Blonde

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Lieutenant
    First name Jim
    Last name Rice
    Phone 205-491-3587
    Website
    Case number 08030498
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Hueytown Police Department
    Address 1 1318 Hueytown Road
    Address 2
    City Hueytown
    State Alabama
    Zip code 35023
    Comments

    Title Special Agent In-Cha
    First name John
    Last name Mattox
    Phone 828-497-1931
    Website
    Case number
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Federal
    Agency FBI
    Address 1 60 Enloe Floyd Bottoms Road
    Address 2
    City Cherokee
    State North Carolina
    Zip code 28719
     
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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2528dfal.html

    2528DFAL - Christina Lynn Carter
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    (Right)Age Progression by NCMEC to 38 yrs

    Name: Christina Lynn Carter
    Case Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
    Missing Since: September 17, 1973
    Location Last Seen: Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: May 29, 1970
    Age: 3 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 3'2"
    Weight: 30 lbs.
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Not available
    Fingerprints: Not available
    DNA: Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Christina Lynn Carter, known as Christy, was last seen on September 17, 1973.

    Christina's parents had divorced two months prior, and Christina's father was seeking custody.

    On October 7th, Christina's mother, Janet, was found nude and bound inside of a duffel bag alongside Clingman's Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She had been killed by suffocation the same day she was found. Her remains were not identified for a month.

    It was after Janet's identification that authorities realized Christina was missing. An extensive search of the park turned up no indication of Christina's whereabouts.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Hueytown Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: LT Jim Rice
    Agency Phone Number: 205-491-3587
    E-Mail
    Agency Case Number: 08030498

    Agency Name: FBI
    Agency Contact Person: Special Agent John Mattox
    Agency Phone Number: 828-497-1931

    Agency Case Number: Unknown

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    NamUs Case Number: 2684
    NCMEC Case Number: 1084835

    Information Source(s)
    NamUs
    NCMEC

    Admin Notes
    Added: 3/10/08; Last Updated: 10/15/15
     
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    http://deaniepeters-missingangels.blogspot.com/2010/06/christina-lynn-carter-missing-37-years.html

    Christina Lynn Carter-Missing 37 Years
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    (Photo Credit: CharleyProject.org)

    Christina Carter was 3 years old when she vanished on September 17, 1973 from Hueytown, Alabama. Before she vanished, she lived only with her mother, Janet Gail Carter. She was employed by an insurance company in Birmingham, Alabama before she disappeared along with her daughter, Christina.
    On October 7, Janet's body was found in a duffel bag along Clingman's Dome Road, which is located inside the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Her body was nude and bound. It is believed she died of suffocation the same day she was found. Christina was not found with her mother and an extensive search for her in the park yielded no results.
    Janet's remains were not identified until a month after they were found, and officials did not even realize Christina was missing until after that. It was also confirmed that Janet divorced her husband a couple months before they went missing, and Christina's father wanted custody of her. As a result, it is believed Janet and Christina went into hiding.

    When Christina went missing she was 3 years old but would be 40 years old in 2010. She weighed 30 lbs. when she vanished and was 3'2". Christina has blonde hair and blue eyes and walked pigeon toed when she vanished. She went by the nickname Christy.

    There was not much information about this case, but a theory I have read up on seems credible. Authorities are guessing that Janet may have given Christina to someone else before she herself went missing. Now, if this theory is true, it could mean that Christina was in safe hands and may still be alive today, unaware of her real identity due to her age at the time she disappeared. This could also mean that Janet gave her away because she felt they were in some kind of danger, which resulted in Janet being murdered. If this theory is true, then the person(s) who have had Christina this whole time may never come forward, because Janet's killer has never been caught and is still out there somewhere.
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    Janet Gail Carter, mother of Christina Carter, was found murdered in the Great Smokey Mountains. (Photo Credit: CharleyProject.org)
    However, there is still the possibility that whoever took Christina is the person who killed her mother, Janet. Did Janet leave Christina with someone to baby sit her, or did she take her with? If she took her with, did the person kill Christina too? Did they leave her there in the wilderness alone? Did they end up taking Christina? And why was Janet in the Smokey Mountains? Who was she with? Surely, she wouldn't venture there alone. Is there anyway to find out the crime scene where her death took place? Most importantly, who was the last person to be seen with Janet? With there being a one month delay in the identification of Janice's remains, there was never an extensive search right away for Christina. In finding a missing child, especially in a place as vast, rugged and easy to get lost in as the Great Smokey Mountains, the first 48 hours are the most important. If Christina was there with her mother when she was killed, it may be nearly impossible to find her in those Great Smokey Mountains. For that one month, no one even knew the little blue-eyed, blond girl was missing.
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    "Sharon Marshall" was kidnapped as a young child by Franklin Floyd (L). To the right is a rare picture of Christina Carter before she went missing. Both girls were thought to be one and the same. Photo Credit: CharleyProject.org and Photobucket.

    For awhile, there was quite the buzz about Christina Carter being the unknown woman whose fake name was Sharon Marshall. The story of Sharon Marshall is quite tragic. She was abducted by Franklin Delano Floyd at a very young age. She was so young at the time, that she never had any recollection of who her real mother was and what her life was like before. She grew up her entire life, moving from state to state with her captor Franklin Delano Floyd to avoid detection. Sharon faced constant rape and sexual abuse from her abductor. In a twist of events, Sharon changed her identity once again, choosing the name Tonya Dawn Tadlock as she was forced to marry her captor.
    Working as a dancer in Oklahoma, she met someone she actually had feelings for and decided she was breaking free from her captor and leaving with her son, Michael Hughes. (Franklin Delano Floyd was NOT Michael's father. In a very sad second set of events, Franklin Floyd would be arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Michael. His remains have yet to be recovered). In April of 1990, Sharon was murdered by her kidnapper in a hit and run. It was then FBI figured out she was actually an abducted girl, being held captive and sexually abused for her entire life. Christina Carter was thought to have been Sharon Marshall because they both looked alike and went missing or were abducted around the same age. DNA tests later revealed they were not a match. All these mysteries remained unsolved.
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    Michael Hughes was the son of an unknown woman who went by the name of Tonya Tadlock or Sharon Marshall. He is thought to at least the third murder victim of Franklin Floyd. Photo Credit: CharleyProject.org
    I wonder if Janet's husband was ever investigated in her murder and Christina's disappearance? It would certainly make sense because these events occurred after the divorce, and he wanted custody of her.
    This case reminds me of many others where the mother and children go missing, and it turns out the husband was at fault. Not all, but many turn out this way. Since Janet was single, was she dating anyone at the time? Did she have any close friends who remember Janice talking about being in a relationship with? Was the relationship a forbidden one? I have not researched other cases because it seems like Christina's disappearance and Janet's murder was done by someone who knew them both and had personal problems that they direct toward them. It's even possible they would have a past history of violence towards women. It seems most likely this was an isolated crime versus a serial killer or someone like Ariel Castro. Janet's murder has never been solved and Christina has not been seen or heard from since. There is a great chance Christina is still out there, so please share her story, along with all the other unsolved ones I have mentioned that have interlocked with her case.

    If you have any information about the disappearance of Christina Lynn Carter, please contact
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    Christina Lynn Carter age progressed photograph.


    Hueytown Police Department
    205-491-3587

    If you have any information about the murder of Janet Gail Carter, please contact
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    Janet Gail Carter. Photo Credit: CharleyProject.org
    Hueytown Police Department
    205-491-3587

    If you have any information about the real identity of the kidnapped girl "Sharon Marshall" or her missing son, Michael Hughes, please contact

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    Sharon Marshall and her son Michael Hughes. Photo Credit: CharleyProject.org

    Oklahoma City FBI
    405-290-770

    OR
    Choctaw Police Department
    405-769-3821

    You can remain anonymous.
     
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    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/carter_christina.html

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    Christina was last seen in Hueytown, Alabama on September 17, 1973. At the time of her disappearance, she lived alone with her mother, Janet Gail Carter. Janet was originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was employed with an insurance company in Birmingham, Alabama in September 1973. She disappeared at the same time as her daughter. Janet and Christina's father had divorced two months before, and Christina's father was seeking custody of the child. It was believed that Janet went into hiding with Christina as a result.

    On October 7, Janet's nude, bound body was found inside a duffel bag alongside Clingman's Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She had been killed by suffocation the same day she was found. Her remains were not identified for a month. It was after the identification that authorities realized Christina was missing. An extensive search of the park turned up no indication of Christina's whereabouts.

    Because of the circumstances, authorities suggested Janet gave Christina to someone else to care for prior to her murder and Christina might still be alive. This theory has never been confirmed, however. Janet's murder has never been solved and there has been no sign of Christina since 1973.
     
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    http://s10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t29930.htm

    October 31, 1973
    The Daily Times-News, Burlington, N.C.

    Victim's daughter is missing

    Charlotte, N.C. (AP) - The FBI says that the three-year-old daughter of a woman found dead on a mountainside still is missing.

    The two, Mrs. Janet Gail Carter, 24, of Hueytown, Ala., the former Janet Calhoun of Winston-Salem, N.C., and her daughter Christina had been reported missing in September.

    Mrs. Carter's body was found Oct. 7 on Clingman's Dome in the Smoky Mountains National Park, but it was not identified until last Monday. The state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill did so through dental charts.

    The state FBI office in Charlotte said she and Lindsay Carter of Hueytown were divorced about two months ago. It quoted him as saying his daughter is not with relatives, and he fears she also is dead.
     
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    http://s10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t29930.htm

    Nov. 8, 1973
    Kingsport News, Kingsport, TN

    Where Is Christina Carter?

    GATLINBURG (UPI) -
    Where is three-year-old Christina Lynn Carter?

    That's the question that disturbs the Federal Bureau of Investigation today in their efforts to solve the murder of the child's mother, Janet Gail Carter whose nude body was found Oct. 7. in a duffel bag thrown at the side of Clingman's Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Was the child murdered also? Or had the mother left the blue-eyed lively little blonde with someone for safekeeping?

    "The last time we can place both the mother and and daughter together was Sept. 17 in Hueytown, Ala.," said Wallace F. Estill, special agent in charge of the Knoxville FBI office.

    At 24, Janet Gail Carter was beset with problems. Her marriage had failed. Her estranged husband was trying to gain custody of their daughter. She saw no way out, but to run and hide. And she hid her movements so well that the FBI faced unusual problems Tuesday in trying to find her killer and her missing child.

    She had been working in the Birmingham area for an insurance company until shortly before her disappearance. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., she went into hiding Sept. 17, taking her daughter with her in order to avoid losing the child in the custody battle.

    "We haven't been able to find out where she went, and that's our major problem right now," Estill said Tuesday.

    The FBI is looking for someone who might have seen the woman and child together after Sept. 17.

    The case is complicated by the fact that it was almost a month before Janet Carter was identified by North Carolina authorities, through dental charts and x-rays. And that was a month during which little Christina Carter was out of the picture entirely so far as the investigation was concerned.

    Since the woman was identified, there has been an intensive search of the area in the great Smoky Mountains National Park where the body was found. But it's rugged country, heavily forested and tangled with thick underbrush.

    "We believe the woman was alive and in the park during the early morning hours of Oct. 7," Estill said. But sometime during those early hours of that Sunday morning she was murdered.

    "We're hoping she left the child in the custody of someone," Estill said. "We have exhausted all our sources. Our main consideration at this point is to find the little girl. All our efforts have failed. We are asking anyone who can help."
     
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    http://s10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t29930.htm

    Oct. 30, 1973
    The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama

    Hueytown woman's body discovered

    Charlotte, N.C. (AP) - A woman's body found on Clingman's Dome in the Smoky Mountains National Park has been identified as a Winston-Salem native who had lived recently in Hueytown, Ala.

    Edward J. Krupinsky, special agent in charge of the Charlotte FBI office, said Monday the chief medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill had identified the woman as Janet Gail Carter, 24.

    Medical examiners said the woman apparently had been suffocated. The body was found Oct. 7 off a road near the top of the peak.

    The FBI said the woman, born Janet Calhoun in Winston-Salem, had married in Hueytown in 1970. She had lived there recently and had been reported missing the latter part of September, the FBI said.

    The FBI, which entered the investigation because the body was found on federal property, said identification was established by dental charts and X-rays.
     
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    http://s10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t29930.htm

    United States Department of Justice
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
    November 8, 1973
    Christina Lynn Carter

    The FBI is searching for the missing three-year-old daughter of a woman whose nude body was found alongside Clingman�s Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on October 7, 1973.

    Mrs. Janet Gail Carter, 24, a divorcee from Hueytown, Alabama, was found with her hands taped and feet tied, stuffed in green plastic trash bags. Federal Medical Examiner fixed cause of death as suffocation during early morning of October 7, 1973.

    Christina Carter was last known to be living with her mother in Hueytown, Alabama, during September, 1973.

    Christina Lynn Carter is described as:
    white female,
    born May 29, 1970,
    Birmingham, Alabama,
    approximately 38 inches in height,
    weighing approximate 30 pounds,
    long blonde hair about shoulder length,
    blue eyes,
    wears size toddler 3 dress,
    walks pigeon toed,
    converses easily,
    no known scars or marks.

    Anyone having any information regarding the possible whereabouts of this child is requested to contact the nearest FBI office.
     
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    Wow! What an intriguing case! I don't have time to finish reading about it now, and I'll be back. My question is going to be, what has been going on with Christy's father since her disappearance?
     
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    Does anyone bother to investigate these husbands when the wives are murdered?
     
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    From what I've seen on cold case shows, they do keep tabs on them. But, that information isn't always made public. ;)
     
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