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SD ELLA BETH LODERMEIER: Missing from Sioux Falls, SD - 6 March 1974 - Age 25

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

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Ella Beth Lodermeier was last seen at her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 6, 1974. She was estranged from her husband at the time, and it was her co-workers who told him they couldn't find her. Her husband went to her residence and found a loaf of bread rising in the kitchen, flour spilled on the floor, and a fresh pizza with one piece missing. Her car was parked in the driveway and nothing was missing from the house except Lodermeier's coat and purse. In 1992, eighteen years after Lodermeier's disappearance, her purse, wallet and checkbook were found on the banks of the Big Sioux east of Sioux Falls. Few details are available in her case, but foul play is suspected.

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    NamUs MP # 8614
    Ella Beth Lodermeier
    Minnehaha County, South Dakota
    25 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 8614

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Ella Beth
    Middle name
    Last name Lodermeier
    Nickname/Alias Beth
    Date last seen March 06, 1974 15:42
    Date entered 11/11/2010
    Age last seen 25 to 25 years old
    Age now 68 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity Other
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 61.0
    Weight (pounds) 105.0

    City Sioux Falls
    State South Dakota
    Zip code 57104
    County Minnehaha

    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Body hair
    Facial hair
    Left eye color Green
    Right eye color Green
    Eye description
    No known distinctive body features

    Last seen wearing blue jeans, blue sweatshirt.

    Ms. Lodermeier's car was in the driveway.

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Sgt.
    First name Tim
    Last name Hagen
    Phone 605-978-6656
    Case number 1974-4456
    Date reported March 07, 1974
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Sioux Falls Police Department
    Address 1 320 W. 4th St.
    Address 2
    City Sioux Falls
    State South Dakota
    Zip code 57104
    Foul Play expected- Victim never recovered
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    The Disappearance Of Ella Beth Lodermeier Re-Opened
    Don Jorgensen reports:

    Sioux Falls Police are reopening a 42-year-old cold case and are asking for your help.

    Monday is the anniversary of the disappearance of 26-year-old Ella Beth Lodermeier.

    In 1974, Lodermeier's husband reported her missing. He last saw her at her home on March 6th and she has never been seen again.

    Her disappearance was labeled as suspicious at the time and to this day is still a mystery.

    The disappearance of Ella Beth Lodermeier has kept investigators stumped for decades. Back in 1974, when her husband Gene reported her missing, he quickly became a person of interest after investigators got inside the couple's home.

    "There appeared to be signs of a struggle in the house and no signs of her ever turned up," Sioux Falls Police detective Pat Mertes said.

    At the time the couple was separated, and had filed for divorce. There wasn't enough evidence to charge Gene Lodermeier, even though in court papers she accused him of mentally and physically abusing her. She claimed Gene had beaten her with her own shoe after she told a friend about being slapped around.

    Two years later, Lodermeier's purse and credit cards showed up in Canada, some 700 miles from Sioux Falls.

    Police say when they were together, the couple were known to travel a lot across South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota.

    In 1992, detectives thought they had another break in the case, when a farmer found Ella Beth's wallet and checkbook alongside a river bank. But after an extensive search of that area, nothing turned up.

    Ellabeth still has two surviving siblings, who are looking to have closure.

    "Speaking with this family, obviously they lost their loved one and have had no contact with her for the past 42 years and want answers," Mertes said.

    Even though Gene Lodermeier passed away in 2013, detectives still believe he may have had something to do with his wife's disappearance and they are asking for the public's help in solving this 42-year-old mystery.

    "Any information we can get is helpful in this, no tip is too small, it may be that one piece of the puzzle we need to help bring Ella Beth home," Mertes said.

    If you have any tips, clues or other information to the whereabouts of Ella Beth Lodermeier you're asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers at 367-7007.
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    Cold Case 39 Yr Old Missing Person Case in Sioux Falls
    Posted on March 7, 2013 by InvestigatorKelly
    Imagine checking in on a loved one at home, only to find the house in disarray.

    A partially eaten pizza, flour scattered on the floor, and a car still in the driveway.

    That was what a Sioux Falls man saw back in 1974.

    The man then reported his estranged wife missing, but that’s not the whole story…

    Since they were estranged, it was actually her co-workers who first alerted the husband.

    Police say it’s a unique case for Sioux Falls.


    Of course they have other missing person cases and unsolved homicides but this case started as a missing person case with a lot of unusual circumstances.

    Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens explained, at 39 years and counting, it maybe rare to solve a missing person case this old but not impossible.

    “You have 50-year-old murders that all of a sudden get solved with one new piece of evidence and really, that’s all we’re looking for,” Officer Clemens said.

    Ella Beth Lodermeier’s estranged husband called police because his wife’s co-workers believed she was missing. her husband and police went to the house to find it looked like someone left in a hurry.

    “The only thing that they could find was missing from inside the house was her purse and her coat. But the cars was still there, she hadn’t notified any family or friends or anything so there were a lot of different things that really from the beginning made officers suspicious,” Officer Clemens said.

    After ten years, police exhausted all leads in the case until something unexpected turned up in 1992, her purse and wallet. The evidence was found in this area east of Sioux falls on the banks of the Big Sioux, nearly 20 years later after Ella Beth went missing

    “The work the officers and detectives did once that information came to light, once they found that stuff, they went through a lot, checking out that area and looking at different places where she may have been buried,” Officer Clemens said.

    As with many cases, police considered Ella Beth’s estranged husband a suspect at one time.

    “There have been talk about different other people but really nothing came to fruition from any of those things. so there’s still some direction that the case is going. it’s not a closed case by any means,” Officer Clemens said.

    Police believe it’s never too late to solve this case.

    “If there’s some new information, a tip, somebody heard something or saw something… at this point in time, it might be a grandma who said something to a grandson,” Officer Clemens said.

    One piece of evidence which would obviously give police a clue in this case is her body.

    But Ella Beth’s body has never been found.

    A reward was offered at the time of her disappearance in 1974 in the amount of $1200.

    Police reports state people were asked within a 200-mile radius to look for any evidence of a possible grave site where a body may have been buried.
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    Cold case: Woman's belongings found in Canada, Sioux Falls
    Mark Walker , mwalker@argusleader.com Published 10:31 a.m. CT March 7, 2016


    Forty-two years ago – on March 6, 1974 – Ellabeth Mae Lodermeier was last seen at her home at 305 N. Indiana Ave.

    After Lodermeier didn’t show up to work the next day, her employees and estranged husband, Gene, found her house locked and car in the driveway.

    A pizza with one slice missing was found on the kitchen floor, along with spilled flour. Her purse and jacket were missing.

    Time is running out for Sioux Falls detectives looking to solve the mystery of Lodermeier disappearance and likely death.

    Now, police are asking anyone who might have information about Lodermeier's disappearance to come forward.

    “The main goal in this is to give the family closure,” Detective Pat Mertes said.

    Mertes said Lodermeier’s disappearance is considered suspicious. The only person-of-interest who arose from the investigation was her estranged husband, Gene.

    Mertes said Gene and Lodermeier were in the process of getting divorced and lived separately at the time of her murder. He was the last person to see her alive.

    Gene, however, died in 2013.

    “Gene has since passed away so he unfortunately is not around to answer questions we have,” Mertes said.

    Over the years, Lodermeier’s belongings turned up in Canada and Sioux Falls. In 1974, Lodermeier’s credit cards were found in the women’s bathroom at the Canadian National Railway in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.

    Almost two decades later, a farmer found Lodermeier’s wallet containing her checkbook and credit cards along the river banks of the Big Sioux River near Highway 42 and South Riverview Avenue.

    Police desperately searched the area for more clues that could help them solve the case but found nothing.

    Anyone with any information on Lodermeier’s disappearance is urged to call detective Mertes at 605-978-6797 or pmertes@siouxfalls.org or call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-367-7007.

    “Any information we can get is helpful in this. No tip is too small, it could be that one piece in the puzzle we need to bring Ellabeth home,” Mertes said.
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    Over the years, Lodermeier’s belongings turned up in Canada and Sioux Falls. In 1974, Lodermeier’s credit cards were found in the women’s bathroom at the Canadian National Railway in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.


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    Almost two decades later, a farmer found Lodermeier’s wallet containing her checkbook and credit cards along the river banks of the Big Sioux River near Highway 42 and South Riverview Avenue.


    S Riverview Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Looking back: Disappearance of Ellabeth Lodermeier

    In 1974, 25-year-old Augustana graduate Ellabeth Lodermeier vanished from her home in central Sioux Falls with the car still in the driveway. Friends and family never saw her again.

    The following is a timeline of Ellabeth Lodermeier's life, disappearance and the search for justice in her case.

    November 26, 1948 – Ellabeth is born in Billings, Montana. Her family would later move to Aberdeen, South Dakota.

    January 17, 1970 – Ellabeth marries Gene Lodermeier at Faith United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, where he attended Northern State University. The couple settled in Sioux Falls.

    1972 – Ellabeth graduates from Augustana College with a degree in social work. She was employed as a social worker at the Community Services Office in Sioux Falls when she disappeared.

    1973 – Ellabeth files for divorce from Gene, saying he abused her. The same day, she meets Jerry Thomas while out with a friend at the Pomp Room in Sioux Falls.

    March 6, 1974 – Ellabeth is reported missing after she does not show up for work at the Community Services Office in Sioux Falls. Police find spilled flour and a partially eaten pizza on the floor of her home, clues that she did not disappear of her own volition.

    October 1974 – Ellabeth’s credit cards are found in a railway station in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. The discovery is one of the first tangible clues in the case, although police believe it was a red herring and she likely never went to Canada.

    November 1980 – Six Sioux Falls police officers are acquitted of charges of harassing Gene Lodermeier about his wife’s disappearance. Gene claims police openly and implicitly accused him of killing Ellabeth, although he was never charged with any crime related to her disappearance. The accused officers state that they were simply doing their jobs.

    January 1989 – Gene Lodermeier is sentenced to 45 years in prison for grand theft after being convicted of stealing skid loaders and other equipment. Gene contests the unusually hefty sentence, saying it was payback for his perceived involvement in his wife’s disappearance.

    1992 – A farmer finds Ellabeth’s purse and pocketbook east of Sioux Falls. The clue is the biggest break in the case in decades, but ultimately leads nowhere.

    July 2002 – Gene is paroled from prison after his first two attempts were denied. In his parole applications, Gene said he was suffering from health issues, including an aneurysm and back problems.

    April 18, 2013 – Gene dies of an aortic aneurysm at his home in Sioux Falls at age 66.

    March 2016 – Detective Pat Mertes issues a plea for information leading to Ellabeth’s remains. Seventeen new tips come in, but they don’t bring any results.

    November 2018 – A $20,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Ellabeth’s remains is offered. If she was alive, Ellabeth would have turned 70 years old on November 26, 2018.

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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Into thin air: What happened to Ellabeth Lodermeier?

    On March 6, 1974, Sioux Falls police arrived at 305 North Indiana Avenue to find a puzzling scene. On the kitchen floor lay a pizza with one slice missing, along with a spattering of spilled flour. A loaf of bread sat rising on a counter.

    The house was locked and a car sat in the driveway.

    The woman who lived there was Ellabeth Lodermeier, a 25-year-old Aberdeen native and Augustana College grad who had recently ended a relationship that friends and family described as abusive.

    She did not show up to work that day or any day after. A coworker offered a $1,200 reward for information about her whereabouts, but no one stepped forward.

    Seven months later, a possible breakthrough emerged when three of Lodermeier's credit cards were found at a railway station in Manitoba, Canada. That lead soon stalled.

    Eighteen years after that, in 1992, a farmer found her purse and pocketbook along the Big Sioux River east of Sioux Falls. But no arrests were made and no body discovered, adding to the frustration of friends and family.

    “It’s disappointing,” said Ellabeth’s niece, Elizabeth Crow, who lives in Sioux Falls. “Somebody has to know something, I feel, but it’s just getting them to come forward and say something.”

    The mystery is equally unsettling to Jerry Thomas, who met Ellabeth the night she filed for divorce and grew close enough that they planned a future together.

    It has been nearly 45 years since her disappearance, with many twists and turns in the investigation. But until more answers come forth or her body is found, those who knew her will be haunted by the most maddening question of all: Where is Ellabeth Lodermeier?

    MORE: https://www.argusleader.com/story/n...r-sioux-falls-police-south-dakota/2217371002/
  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    New leads emerge about Sioux Falls woman who vanished 45 years ago

    Forty-five years have passed since a Sioux Falls woman disappeared, but police say they are investigating new leads in the hopes that one of them will bring her home.

    Ellabeth Lodermeier was 25 years old when she disappeared from her central Sioux Falls home on March 6, 1974. In the decades since, police have spent countless hours trying to find out what happened to her.

    In December, the Argus Leader ran a story chronicling Ellabeth's disappearance and the toll it has taken on her family and friends. Since then, Sioux Falls police say five tipsters have called in with new information that may help them find Ellabeth's remains.

    Detective Pat Mertes says while two of the leads provided new angles on previously received tips, three of them contained brand-new information. But Mertes cautioned that a lot more investigation has to be done before any action can be taken.

    "We're still trying to identify specific locations," he said, explaining that the tips contained information about where Ellabeth's remains may be, rather than who may have been responsible for her disappearance.

    The $20,000 reward is available to anyone who can provide DNA-provable information regarding Ellabeth Lodermeier’s whereabouts.

    Any information should be directed to Detective Pat Mertes of the Sioux Falls Police Department or ellabethcoldcase@gmail.com.

    The reward will be available until May 27, 2019.

  17. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    So he served 13 years out of 45?! And Paroled because of "Back problems and had an Aneurysm"?. I completely think he did it. But still he was sentenced for something else and didn't even serve half of it.
  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    What do investigators need to solve Ellabeth Lodermeier's cold case?

    Ellabeth Lodermeier was originally reported as a missing person in 1974. But police are now investigating her case as a homicide.

    Detective Mertes started working on Ellabeth's case in June of 2015. The case file is 3,500 pages.

    "So you look at our other cold cases you know, we have the body. We have the evidence. We're looking for criminal prosecution," he said. "This case, we're looking for Ellabeth."

    Ellabeth was last seen at her house in Sioux Falls by her estranged husband on March 6, 1974. The next day she never showed up to work. So her estranged husband and her co-workers went to her home to check on her. They found cooking flour left on the counter and a frozen pizza that had been baked.

    "No signs of really a struggle or anything else missing. And then they notified police later that evening, where an investigation began," Mertes said.

    Ellabeth's driver's license and credit card turned up at a bus depot in Canada seven months later. Detective Mertes said they were placed there to throw off investigators.

    There was no new information until 1992, which is 18 years after Ellabeth disappeared. A farmer found an old bag along the Big Sioux River near Highway 42 with Ellabeth's wallet and checkbook inside.

    "And then basically the case goes cold again until we pick it up and start putting it out to the media," Mertes said.

    Investigators believe Ellabeth is deceased because no one has tried to use her social security number or access any of her things. In December, one of Ellabeth's family friends offered a reward for anyone who could lead police to her whereabouts.

    "Since December, I've received, I believe, eight tips so far, and all of those have been new information," Mertes said. "Specifically, four of them have been information about things that are known to us that are definitely of interest."

    One of those tips came within the past couple of weeks.

    "The gentleman that called me is in his late 80's, and it's information from 40-something years ago that has always bothered him that he called in," he said.

    That's what Mertes counts on in this case. He counts on talking to people because computers weren't around when she disappeared.

    "It's tracking people down, tracking businesses down, trying to find old records, hand digging through things," he said. "And that's all very time consuming and labor intensive."

    Mertes believes Ellabeth's body is in South Dakota somewhere. The reward for $20,000 that leads to her whereabouts will expire on Memorial Day, May 27th.

    If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 605-367-7007. You can also report something online here.

    Detective Mertes said multiple people have been investigated over the years. Ellabeth's estranged husband is still the number one person of interest. Other people have been looked at and cleared.

  19. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    80 plus year old man calls in now. Worried about judgement day huh?. I would venture to say it is someone who knew "Gene". I think he was the perpetrator. But this was a friend that helped or he told.

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