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IL REGINA MCCORKLE: Missing from East Moline, IL - 14 August 1981 - Age 19

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by Scorpio, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Details of Disappearance
    McCorkle was last seen in East Moline, Illinois on August 14, 1981. She lived with her mother in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue. Her mother left at 8:30 a.m. to go to work and when she came home at 4:45 p.m., she found McCorkle's two-year-old son locked in a bathroom. The doors to the house were locked from the inside; McCorkle's mother had to climb in through a window. McCorkle was missing and the only thing that disappeared with her was a nightgown she'd worn the night before. All her clothes, purse and other possessions, including a new car with a full tank of gas, were left behind. She left her bed unmade, which is uncharacteristic of her behavior. There were no indications of a struggle at the residence. McCorkle has never been heard from again.

    McCorkle spoke to her boyfriend on the phone the morning of her disappearance, ending the conversation at 9:30 a.m. She told him she was going to pick him up and take him out so he could apply for a job. She never picked him up, however. She also never showed up for work on the day of her disappearance, and she didn't call to say she would be absent. Prior to her disappearance she had an excellent record. McCorkle's boyfriend passed a polygraph and was ruled out as a suspect in her case. Her ex-husband, however, refused to take the test. He stated he went to her house at 10:00 a.m. on the day of her disappearance and knocked on the door, but got no answer and left.

    Police and McCorkle's loved ones don't believe would she have abandoned her child. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Mysteries baffle Q-C cops

    Regina McCorkle forever is 19 in the eyes of her family, who hasn't seen her since she disappeared in 1981.

    The disappearance of Ms. McCorkle is the oldest unsolved missing-persons case in the Quad-Cities area, one of many area police still are working to solve. Unfortunately, police say, with each passing year, it gets a little less likely those missing ever will be found.

    East Moline police Chief Reggie Freeman, who was a patrol officer for the department when Ms. McCorkle disappeared from her home at 1507 11th Ave., East Moline, on Aug. 14, 1981, said there are few leads in the case.

    According to newspaper articles, Ms. McCorkle's mother, Emma Macon, last saw her daughter the morning of Aug. 14. When she returned home that afternoon, she found her 18-month-old grandson alone in the bedroom of the locked house. Her daughter left all her possessions, including clothes and a new car with a full tank of gas.

    Chief Freeman said each time a body is found in the region, ``we'll call to see if there is a matching description. It does get frustrating.''

    It's the only unsolved disappearance case his department has open, Chief Freeman said, adding that the department has no unsolved murders. Colona Police Chief Ernie Manrrique was a detective with the East Moline department when Ms. McCorkle disappeared and worked the case for years without much progress.

    ``We got several leads, but they all ended up dead ends,'' he said, noting that the last lead was about five years ago, but it turned out to be a former friend of Ms. McCorkle's falsely using her name.

    Chief Manrrique said it was a strange case from the start. ``Everyone said she'd never leave the child like that.''

    He said he got to know Ms. McCorkle's family well and felt bad the department couldn't come up with the answers the family so desperately wanted.

    ``You always get close'' to the family, he said. ``You try to do everything you can. The last time I worked in East Moline, I contacted them (family). The longer it goes, the harder it always gets.''

    Efforts to reach Ms. McCorkle's mother and son for comment were unsuccessful.
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  4. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    IMO, the ex-husband seems to have a cloud of suspicion surrounding him.

    1. He admitted to being there the day she disappeared.

    2. He refused to take a lie detector test.

    3. Nothing was reported missing at the residence, except for (the young and beautiful) Ms. McCorkle- which makes this crime appear personal (IMO).

    Prayers that her family will get some much deserved answers very soon! Her mother and son have waited too long already.. :praying:
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Yeah, I agree with you on all three points.
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