The last reported sighting of Kelly (Keli) Kay McGinnis was on June 28, 1983 around 7:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the Three Bears Motel in Des Moines, Washington. While Kelly’s remains have never been recovered, serial killer Gary Ridgway (of the Green River murders) claimed responsibility for viciously snuffing out her brief life.
Ila “Veronica” Tucker Maynard disappeared from Greensboro, North Carolina on December 4, 1974. When the seventeen-year-old was last seen leaving her father’s house in a gold 1971 Nova she was wearing clothing typical for the time period: platform shoes, a Cleopatra coat, and blue pants.
Of course those details might only be helpful if remnants of fabric were found along with human remains, as the opinion of the family and authorities appears to be that Veronica passed away decades ago.
Donnis Marie “Pinky” Redman (14/15) and her boyfriend Michael James Griffin (18) were reportedly last seen together on March 1, 1958. Depending on the source they were either spotted for the last time in their hometown, San Pedro, California or in Las Vegas where some say they had traveled to elope.
Sometime in the spring or fall of 1956 Flora Ligon (42) retrieved an undisclosed amount of money from her hiding place underneath the linoleum flooring at her Washington, D.C. home. She told her 8-year-old daughter that she planned to go to a store, a seemingly routine event.
Flora’s family didn’t know at the time that they would never see her again.
On May 31, 1958 nineteen-year-old Carol Ann Hlavac and her husband of two weeks, Dennis, were living in an Oklahoma motel. Originally from Chicago suburb, the couple moved to Moore, Oklahoma where Dennis was stationed at Norman’s Naval Air Training Center. Boarding at the Crown Motel was only temporary while they looked for more suitable housing closer to the naval base.
Dennis last saw his wife when he left for work shortly before midnight on May 30. He drove their car to the training base and Carol was to catch a bus into town the next afternoon for a house-hunting excursion.
The olive-skinned, freckle-faced new bride dressed in a beige suit and high heels complimented by her gold and black class ring and wedding band, perhaps excited at the prospect of finding new grounds in which to plant roots. She grabbed her small white purse which only contained about $35 and walked fifteen feet to the bus stop by the highway.
On November 3, 1959 29-year-old Betty Marie Roberts of Charlotte, North Carolina informed her sister Louise that she and photographer Charles Wegman were leaving town together without her two young daughters.
On the evening of September 10, 1947, 17-year-old Beverly Sharpman worriedly approached her mother and stated that she had something to tell her. While her mother made tea Beverly changed her mind and retired to bed without sharing the secret.
The next day she registered for senior classes at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School but was spotted later in the evening at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station carrying a suitcase.
A telegram sent from the station’s Western Union reached the Sharpman’s home on Viola Street around 7:30 p.m.:
“Got married. Leaving town. Will not be back. Don’t worry. [signed] Babe.”
There is a frustratingly limited amount of information about not only Linda Louise Jackson’s disappearance, but about her life in general. This is not necessarily unique, especially considering that when she was reportedly last seen in 1983 information wasn’t as easily shared as it is today.
One of the saddest details about Linda was that no one seemed to notice that she was missing until years later when the police wanted to question her as a possible witness in the investigation of Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer.
On January 3, 1948 twenty-six-year-old Lorraine “Lee” Judith Barrie Chance took her daughter Donna to a sitter’s house in Santa Cruz, California with the promise of returning later in the evening. There is no record of where she was headed or with whom (if anyone) she departed. Lee never retrieved her daughter and no one has seen or heard from her since.
Judith Ann Brown was nineteen years old when she was last seen on April 6, 1977 with Richard E. Reisenberg, a man housed at Queens’ Creedmoor Psychiatric Center after murdering his wife and young son in 1971.