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.”
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.
On May 10, 1941 36-year-old Leila Lewis Bryan and her four-year-old daughter Mary Rachel left their Raleigh Avenue address in Carolina Beach around 9:00 p.m. on a shopping trip. They never arrived at their destination and to this day no trace of the pair or the family’s 1935 Ford Coupe has ever been found.