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    http://www.missingkids.com/missingki...archLang=en_US

    ELIZABETH ANN GILL
    Case Type: Lost, Injured, Missing
    DOB: Aug 21, 1962
    Sex: Female
    Missing Date: Jun 13, 1965
    Race: White
    Age Now: 44
    Height: 2'6" (76 cm)
    Missing City: CAPE GIRARDEAU
    Weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
    Missing State : MO
    Hair Color: Brown
    Missing Country: United States
    Eye Color: Blue
    Case Number: NCMC1055737
    Circumstances: Elizabeth was last seen the afternoon of June 13, 1965, in the front yard of her home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Elizabeth's nicknames are Beth and Betsy.
    Last edited by Starless; 06-12-2008 at 08:00 AM.

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    http://www.semissourian.com/story/1077496.html

    Scroll down to 1965!!!

    I spoke to someone at this website in their library, they have photos of Elizabeth but wouldn't send them to me. Here is an article I found about the disappearance.

    The Oklahoman
    June 20th, 1965

    MISSOURI TOT STILL MISSING

    Cape Girardeau, MO (AP) Last Sunday, a little blonde haired girl toddled down a sidewalk near her home here- a sand bucket clutched in her hand- and disappeared.

    For a week, a sense of uneasiness has stalked the streets of this southeast Missouri river town of 25,000 residents. For Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Gill, who will be three years old in August, has not been seen since then- despite an intensive search.

    " I really think she was kidnapped, " said Harris Foster, a Cape Girardeau salesman, "someone needing a child just picked her up. I don't think she was taken for ransom."

    Police chief Irvin Beard said some residents are taking precautions with their own children.

    " If someone has taken my baby, because they may not have children of their own or for any reason, I plead with them to return my child. " said her father, Harry Gill, an electrician who works in St. Louis during the week and returns to his wife and nine children on weekends.

    ...............article continues

    For four futile days, search parties of more than 100 people, using police dogs and a blood-hound, combed deep ravines, abandoned cellars, old wells and discarded autobodies. Divers, using searchlights at night, investigated the tangled river underbrush.

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    Elizabeth Ann Gill


    Above: Gill, circa 1965


    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: June 13, 1965 from Cape Girardeau, Missouri
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: August 21, 1962
    Age: 2 years old
    Height and Weight: 2'6, 22 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Gill's nicknames are Beth and Betsy.


    Details of Disappearance

    Gill was last seen in the front yard of her home in the 300 block of south Lorimer Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri at 4:00 p.m. on June 13, 1965. She was carrying a small pail of sand at the time of her disappearance. She is believed to have wandered away from her home and has never been heard from again.
    Gill has nine siblings. At the time she went missing, she was in the care of her older siblings while their mother took her father to St. Louis, Missouri where he worked. Her disappearance remains unsolved and few details are available in her case.



    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Cape Girardeau Police Department
    573-335-6621



    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Southeast Missourian



    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 16, 2006; casefile added.

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    Chicago Tribune
    June 15, 1965

    SCORES HUNT MISSING GIRL IN MISSOURI CITY

    Cape Girardeau, MO, June 14 (UPI) Police, Civil Defense workers, and more than 100 volunteers searched today for a girl,2, who disappeared from her home yesterday.

    Beth, youngest of 10 children of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gill, apparentely wandered away from the home, but police said the possibility of kidnapping had not been ruled out. Both parents were placed under sedation.

    A brother, Richard, said Beth was in the care of two sisters, aged 17 and 14, when she disappeared. She had been playing with other children. When they came into the house, Beth failed to appear.

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    The Oklahoman
    June 20, 1965

    MISSOURI TOT STILL MISSING

    Cape Girardeau, MO, (AP) Last Sunday, a little blonde haired girl toddled down the sidewalk near here- a sand bucket clutched in her hand- and disappeared.

    For a week , a sense of uneasiness has stalked the streets of this Southeast Missouri river town of 25,000 residents. For Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Gill, who will be three years old in August, has not been seen since then, despite an intensive search.

    "I really think she was kidnapped," said Harris Foster, a Cape Girardeau salesman. "Someone needing a child just picked her up. I don't think she was taken for ransom."

    Police Chief Irvin Beard said some residents are taking precautions with their own children.

    "If someone has taken my baby, because they may not have any children of their own or for any reason, I plead with them to return my child, " said her Father, Harry Gill, an electrician who works in S, Louis during the week and returns to his wife and nine children on weekends.

    "It's a big blank wall, nothing but a big blank wall," said Beard. "We're checking out all leads, anything. We sent reports to all parts of the nation. We just don't know what has happened but, naturally, everybody seems to have reached the decision the girl was picked up and carried away."

    For four futile days, search parties of more than 100 people, using police dogs and a bloodhound, combed deep ravines, abandoned cellars, old wells and discarded auto bodies. Divers, using searchlights at night, investigated the tangled river underbrush.
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    June 14, 1965
    Southeast Missourian

    POLICE, VOLUNTEERS SEARCH FOR 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL

    Scores of volunteers--police estimated more than 100--continued an intensive search today for blonde Elizabeth Ann Gill, 2, who walked away from her home at 324 S. Lorimier St., at about 4 p.m. Sunday and vanished.

    The tot, one of 10 children of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gill, had been playing with her siblings when she apparentely wandered away. Reports to police were that she had been seen with a tiny sand pail in her hand.

    The child had been left with older children in the family while Mrs. Gill took her husband to St. Louis where he is employed.

    Police were called after a search nearby failed to produce the baby. As word spread, the crowd in the neighborhood grew so large it was necessary for police dogs to rope off the block of Lorimier in which the family resides.

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    http://www.dddnews.com/story/1641910.html

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Although 45 years have gone by, the family of Elizabeth Gill, a Cape Girardeau toddler who vanished in 1965, hasn't given up searching for her.
    They'll come together for a candlelight vigil Sunday at the site of the former Mississippi River bridge to mark the anniversary of the girl's disappearance. Elizabeth, just 2 years old, was last seen playing in the yard of her home on Lorimier Street on June 13, 1965.
    "That first evening, it was like a nightmare," said Gill's sister, Martha Hamilton, who was 15 at the time of her sibling's disappearance. "It was a real close-knit neighborhood, and when she disappeared there were people out mowing their yards, but nobody saw anything."
    Police and more than 200 volunteers continued searching for Elizabeth Gill for several days, but they came up with few leads. According to Hamilton, their biggest lead was four Gypsy travelers who were staying at a motel behind their residence and selling purses door to door in their neighborhood.
    "They were using various names and had different plates on their cars, although that's common with that type of group. But because of that, [police] could never trace them," Hamilton said.
    Police and family members followed several small leads years after Elizabeth's disappearance, but leads dwindled and it became a cold case. Five years ago, though, the family learned about Gill's case being discussed on the Internet. This gave the family hope, Hamilton said, and they resumed their search by listing their sister on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Family members' DNA was also put in a CODIS database. The family has also used social networking and started a Facebook page dedicated to Gill's disappearance. The page has more than 1,500 members.
    "Technology has given us an opportunity to get our information out there if Beth is still here and looking," Hamilton said. "I truly believe that if we're supposed to know or if we are supposed to find her that God will lead her to us."
    The public is welcome to attend the vigil, which begins at 8:15 p.m. Per the organizers' request, individuals attending the event are asked to bring their own candle.
    Brother David Migliorino, principal at Notre Dame Regional High School, will lead prayers for the vigil, which will end in a procession with an additional prayer session at Old St. Vincent's Church.
    Hamilton said a number of state officials will be attending the evening's vigil, including Sen. Jason Crowell, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and representatives from Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's offices.

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