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NH SHIRLEY ANN MCBRIDE: Missing from Concord, NH - 13 July 1984 - Age 15

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Romulus, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Romulus

    Romulus In the earth of missing person


    First Name: Shirley Ann
    Middle Name: Ann
    Last Name: Mcbride



    Last seen alive: July 13, 1984


    Age When Last Known Alive: 15
    Race: White
    Sex: Female
    Height: 66.0
    Weight: 115.0
    City: Concord
    State: New Hampshire
    County: Merrimack
    Hair: Brown
    Head Hair: Brown
    Eye: Blue
    Deformities: One of her feet turns slightly inward while she is walking.
    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing: Lightweight summer clothes.

    Circumstances: Last seen leaving her sister's apartment on Union Street in Concord, NH on July 13, 1984. She did not take any of her personal belongings, clothering or any additional cash.

    Media - https://crimewatchers.net/forum/ind...on-street-in-concord-nh-on-july-13-1984.3686/
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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    NCMEC - http://www.missingkids.org/poster/ncmc/724663/1/screen

    Shirley was last seen on July 13, 1984. Her two front teeth are chipped. She may go by the nickname Tippy.

    NamUs - https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/2052

    Last seen leaving her sister's apartment on Union Street in Concord, NH on July 13, 1984. She did not take any of her personal belongings, clothering or any additional cash.

    Charley Project - http://charleyproject.org/case/shirley-ann-mcbride

    Shirley was last seen leaving her sister's apartment on Union Street in Concord, New Hampshire at 9:30 p.m. on July 13, 1984. She was planning to visit her 21-year-old boyfriend at his place of work. She did not take any of her personal belongings or clothing with her and did not have any additional cash.

    It's unclear whether she ever arrived to see her boyfriend. She has never been heard from again. She had a history of leaving home overnight without telling anyone, so she wasn't reported missing for a couple of days.

    Shirley was living with her sister at the time she disappeared; she has moved out of her parents' home a few months before. She had begun to have problems in 1983 after her family moved to another town. She was often truant, was suspended from school, and became involved with drugs.

    Shirley regularly visited people at the state prison at the time she vanished; it is unknown whether any of the inmates are connected to her case. Despite her personal problems, her family does not believe she left of her own accord.

    There were many sightings of Shirley in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York state after her disappearance, but none of the accounts were verified and police don't believe any of them were genuine. Investigators believe Shirley met with foul play and probably never left the city of Concord. Her boyfriend is considered a possible suspect in her case.

    Shirley's parents had her declared legally dead in 1996, twelve years after her disappearance, and her mother died in 2003. Her case remains unsolved.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    After 3 Decades, New Evidence Could Solve Missing NH Teen Case
    April 2018

    Concord Police detectives working to solve one of the city's oldest cold cases are attempting to link forensic evidence to a suspect investigators have known for more than three decades. Shirley Ann "Tippy" McBride, 15, of Pittsfield, has been missing since July 13, 1984, when she left her half-sister's apartment on Union Street in Concord to meet her boyfriend on Old Turnpike Road and was never seen again. During that time, her family has wondered what exactly happened to her.

    Police have called it one of the city's most extensively investigated cases. But there has been limited information released publicly about the case. Investigators followed leads, some family members put themselves in danger trying to find answers, and there were shady characters, hoaxes, and suspects along the way.

    However, evidence rediscovered four years ago – including clothing believed to be Tippy's, witness information, and an admission by a suspect – could be the missing links that both the family and police hope will solve the case.

    July 13, 1984, was a Friday. At around 9:30 p.m., Tippy planned to pick up babysitting money and then meet her boyfriend at his job at Concord Litho. After she left the Union Street apartment, she vanished.

    Police – while not commenting on the specifics of the case, due to juvenile case law – suspected she ran away. For the first year of the investigation, that was the angle: She was a teenage girl, who got a bit of freedom like so many other runaways and took off. Her father, however, contested the validity of the claim, despite prior times when she would come home late.

    "The police kept saying," Robin McBride said, "'You watch and see …' Lt. (Paul) Murphy … his famous last words, for the first year, 'You watch and see. She'll come up. She just ran away.' And we were like, 'She has no reason to run away.'"

    During their search for Tippy, the McBrides began to offer rewards. This brought out all kinds of "nutcases," including prisoners, who made collect calls to the family's home. Con artists laid out underwear in White Park, took pictures of them, claiming they were Tippy's, in an effort to get at the reward money. The family went to the park a few times when they received tips and looked for clues but found nothing.

    Suspects included a previously convicted rapist and men believed to be involved in homicide cases. Tippy's boyfriend was also a person of interest even though investigators initially didn't know if she even made it to Concord Litho to meet with him. Her father often tracked the boyfriend's movements and was arrested by police for stalking.

    Mysteries and angles were everywhere but as the one-year anniversary of her disappearance approached, police developed a suspect who admitted to killing a girl and keeping her clothes – a man from Merrimack who worked in Concord.

    At the same time Tippy vanished, nearly 30 miles away in the town of Merrimack, a family was grappling with a suspicious situation: Walter Davis II, 26, was attempting to light clothes on fire in a fireplace – in the middle of July. He was caught by his younger half-sister and mother who took the clothes from him. During conversations with him, he admitted to raping a girl and throwing her in a river.

    Both the McBrides and Reil eyed the clothes separately at Concord Police headquarters and identified them as Tippy's. Jack McBride went shopping with Tippy to get summer clothes before she moved in with Reil and Reil did her laundry while she was staying on Union Street.

    Based on the evidence collected, it is presumed that Tippy was murdered somewhere along the last leg of her walk to Concord Litho near Terrill Park.

    Jeffery A. Strelzin, a senior assistant Attorney General and chief of the homicide unit at the NH AG's Office, wouldn't comment on the specifics of the Tippy case because it is a cold case. He stated that his department would be responsible for prosecuting someone or releasing information after the Concord Police, with the help of their investigators, solved the case.

    "There's been no resolution, beyond a reasonable doubt, in the McBride case," he said, adding that there were aspects of the case that were suspicious.

    In a way, for the McBrides and Reil, the investigation had come full circle from what the family already knew in 1985. It just couldn't be proven because the technology wasn't available. For years, the clothes, family DNA, and other evidence have been at a laboratory in another state being tested. The case still may never be solved for a myriad of reasons.

    "In our heads, we know Tippy's dead," she said, "no matter whose story is real or not real. All this time, we knew she is dead. Nobody is thinking that she really is not dead, that she's living a life somewhere else. That's reality to us. But, there is a difference. Somebody needs to know. After I go … I've got one brother … but there's nobody else to look for her. If I don't keep pushing now, there is no one who is going to ask after that. It's important to me that somebody knows what happened to her."

    MUCH MORE: https://patch.com/new-hampshire/con...new-evidence-could-solve-missing-nh-teen-case


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