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MO ELIZABETH ANN GILL: Missing from Cape Girardeau MO - 13 June 1965 - Age 2 - Taken by gypsies?

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by Kimster, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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    On June 13, 1965, 2-year-old Elizabeth Ann Gill was playing in her front yard in Cape Girardeau when someone snatched her from her happy home. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

    Martha Hamilton, Beth's sister, says the investigators found a group of people centered in Michigan that seem to have connections with the people that were persons of interest in 1965. Those persons of interest were in Cape Girardeau when Beth vanished all those years ago.

    Hamilton says things in their background led the investigators to believe they may be connected with the people in Beth's disappearance.

    Harper says he was investigating another missing person case when similarities arose with Beth Gill's case. Harper says many of the same addresses in Arizona and Michigan kept popping up with both cases concerning gypsy travelers. He says the group had the same "clan mentality" with similar dynamics.

    Harper has even traced family history information back to the 1800s to investigate the case.


    A local car dealer told police that a couple staying at the motel directly behind the Gills' home had recently ordered and paid for a part on their 1965 Chevy truck. The dealer told the couple the part wouldn't be in until Monday, and they responded it wasn't a problem because they'd be in town for about another week.

    On Monday, the day following Beth's disappearance, the dealer called the motel to let them know the part was ready and was told that they'd checked out the day before - around the time the child disappeared.

    That raised investigators' suspicions, especially when they learned the family staying at the motel were transients who had been canvassing the area selling purses - and using license plates from at least three different states on their vehicles and allegedly using aliases.



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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Here's a report of gypsies taking children in 2010:

    However, the 181 children were beaten and abused, with some even deliberately disfigured to increase their earning potential, as disabled beggars were thought to generate more income.

    Those who did not beg were forced to pick pockets, wash car windscreens or shoplift. The children then had to give every penny of their earnings to the men in control.


    Before anyone starts to think I'm targeting, I'm not! I'm 1/8th Romany gypsy and certainly not inclined to steal children, nor were any of my gypsy kin. However, there's evil in every society and many gypsy families have not only had to battle that like the rest of us, but many clans come from a culture where lying and stealing isn't always considered to be incorrect behavior.
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  3. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    makes you wonder up if she ended up deceased at an older age and is a jane doe now... or if she even knows she was abducted and is still alive!

    i hope she gets compared to the many unidentified teens and adults that match her age range
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  4. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Elizabeth Gill now missing for 48 years
    On June 13, 1965, 2-year-old Elizabeth Ann Gill was playing in her front yard in Cape Girardeau when someone snatched her from her happy home.


    Without a trace: 50 years after she vanished, Beth Gill's family keeps searching
    Saturday will pass like any other for most people, but one local family likely will spend the day preoccupied with thoughts of their long-missing loved one.

    At age 2 1/2, Elizabeth Ann Gill went missing June 13, 1965 -- and the search continues.

    Headlines through the decades express the public's frustration with the fruitless investigations and mark the passage of time: "Another Lead Discarded as Hunt for Gill Goes On." "Betsy Gill Missing Now For 3 Weeks." "Betsy Gill Gone 13 Months, But Hunt Persists." "Betsy will be 21: Where Is She?"

    "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we would be waiting 50 years for answers," Gill's sister, Martha Hamilton, said.

    Gill -- called "Real Life 'Gone Girl'" by CBS last fall -- disappeared that day from in front her family's home on Lorimier Street in Cape Girardeau.

    Beth, as she was known to her family, was not the type of child to wander off, her father said in the June 17, 1965, edition of the Southeast Missourian.

    Information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and previous reporting describes Gill as a white female with brown hair and blue eyes.

    An age-progressed photo by the center shows what Gill might look like today.
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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family still searching for sister missing since 1965

    In 2018, law enforcement received more than 424,000 reports of missing children, leaving family and friends worried what happened to them and if they will ever see them again.

    One family who has been going through that for more than 50 years is the family of Elizabeth Gill, the longest missing child case in Missouri.

    The sisters have also submitted DNA samples to several databases and ancestry websites. "In hopes some day that she might have questions and start looking and search and find us," she explains.

    Over the years, several people have come forward believing they could be Beth, including women who were adopted. Two women submitted DNA that was not a match, but Martha encouraged them to keep looking for their long-lost family.

    "One had actually been kidnapped by her father in a divorce 50 years before. So although her mother was deceased, she has found numerous siblings."

    Although the family had hoped to be reunited with their sister, they were happy to help others reconnect with theirs.

    "That's been a blessing, and we've always felt that even if we were not able to find our baby sister, that other people have been helped within this whole process."

    The family believes the tragedy brought them closer together and still smile at the idea of reuniting with their little sister.

    If anyone believes that they have information on the disappearance of Elizabeth Gill, call the Cape Girardeau Police Department at (573) 335-6621. They follow up on all leads.

  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Fifty-four years later, family demands answers in baby sister's disappearance

    “She was everyone’s little angel,”Martha Gill Hamilton said of little sister, Elizabeth Ann Gill.

    Elizabeth, known to family as Beth, was sweet-natured and trusting, according to Martha, who said that Beth was always doted on by strangers who called her “precious.” Beth was the youngest of ten siblings and had been pampered and spoiled, but, Martha noted, “She was never one to throw a fit.”

    As with most two-year-olds, Beth trusted everyone, said Martha, who is 13 years older than Beth. She told Dateline that people would approach her little sister and she would readily follow them. Their father had grown up in the same neighborhood in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the Gill family trusted the people there.

    “We always considered it a safe neighborhood. Everyone knew everyone,” Martha said.

    On Sunday, June 13, 1965, 15-year-old Martha was traveling from Chicago back home to Missouri with her mother and one of her other sisters. Martha’s father was also out of town for work, Martha said. The remaining eight Gill children, including Beth, were at the family’s Cape Girardeau home.

    Martha would later learn that around four o’clock that afternoon, her siblings and other neighborhood children noticed that Beth was nowhere to be seen. The children would later say they had searched all outside and inside the house, yelling for Beth.

    But they couldn’t find her anywhere. According to Martha, one of the children called the police.

    “We were driving into town and we saw all the police officers and thought, ‘Wow, something is going on,’” Martha told Dateline. “We pulled into our driveway and saw a crowd around our house. When they said Bethie was missing, my mom passed out.”

    When Martha and her mother arrived, it had only been thirty minutes since the children had realized Beth was missing.

    “So I thought, ‘Thirty minutes? We’re going to find her. We’re going to find her,’” Martha said. Since she was the oldest sibling there, Martha said she took care of the younger kids and kept them out of the way so the police could work.

    Martha told Dateline that for years, it was too painful for her parents to talk about Beth’s disappearance, and both had now passed away without ever learning what happened to their daughter. Martha told Dateline that before their mother died, she had expressed hope that 21st century technology could help find her daughter.

    Martha told Dateline that she and her siblings have submitted their DNA to the Ancestry and 23&Me sites.

    “Even though we have not found answers about Beth, we had two women who contacted us thinking they could be Beth. They didn’t end up being Beth, but those women found their families and answers,” she said. “If enough attention is brought to the case, maybe someone will question their origins. It's more likely Beth would find us, than us finding Beth. You never know where that one coincidence would come in.

    Martha said all of Beth’s siblings “have a sorrow, and a place in our heart that will always feel empty.”

    “I'm still hopeful, of course,” she added, “I'm not looking for jail or true justice, I’m just looking for answers and my sister.”

    According to Detective Smith, the case is currently at a standstill as there is no new information to go on in the investigation.

    “I’ve been retired three years and I was the only one actively working on the case,” Det. Smith told Dateline.

    As for the couple the original investigation focused on, Det. Smith said he is “convinced they’re responsible. It was the best lead back then and it continues to be the best lead to this day.”

    MORE: https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/fi...family-demands-answers-baby-sister-s-n1017841

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