Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jane Snow's Grizzly Murder at a Gaylord Rest Stop in 1979 Still Remains a Mystery

The Argus-Press, May 16, 1979


FURTHER READING:

1979

Pontiac Man Booked In Murder Probe, The Argus-Press, May 17, 1979

Girl's Body Found 25 Miles From Murder Site; The Argus-Press, May 21, 1979

Four Recent Killings 'Seem Unrelated'; The Argus-Press, May 22, 1979

4 Women Murdered And Town Lives In Fear; The Montreal Gazette, May 24, 1979

Continue Murder Probes; The Ludington Daily News, May 24, 1979

Suspect Charged In Antrim Cabin Slaying; The Argus-Press, May 25, 1979

Patrols Added At Rest Areas; The Toledo Blade, Jul 26, 1979


1989

Rest Stop Slaying Remains Unsolved; The Argus-Press, May 16, 1989


2009

Family Members Say Jane's Memory Remains Strong; The Petoskey News, May 12, 2009

Probe: Hope 'Someone Will Come Forward'; The Petoskey News, May 12, 2009

Unsolved Slaying Still Haunts Officials; The Petoskey News, May 12, 2009

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Tragic Mishap or Murder at Escanaba?

The Milwaukee Journal, September 21, 1963

Though the drowning deaths of two missing Escanaba boys, John Jensen, 10, and his playmate 7-year-old Charles Kobasic in the fall of 1963 were considered an accidental tragedy the circumstances surrounding both their disappearance and recovery were considered suspicious and consistent with an abduction. A subsequent autopsy corroborated that the drownings were accidental and despite the fact that the man, Arthur Baznar, who found the two lifeless bodies claimed that he dreamed where the corpses could be found and then proceeded to the very place where they were recovered, police too determined that no foul play had occurred despite earlier suspicions.

During the fruitless week-long search for the boys witnesses had spotted two boys matching their description at Ludington Park, south of Escanaba, where the bodies were eventually found, as well as a report that they were seen hitchhiking and also in an area several miles from their homes. The lagoon at Ludington Park, about a mile from their homes, had been dredged several times and the entire surrounding area scoured by more than 2,000 volunteers from local businesses and high schools which had closed down to engage in the hunt for the missing boys.

Baznar, 45, a recent transplant to the area from Chicago claimed he had a dream that the boys drowned in the yacht basin and told his landlord of his nocturnal premonition stating the specific location. She encouraged him to search the area if he believed what he had dreamed to be true and he did just. Within minutes of his arrival at Ludington Park he spotted the body of Johnny Jensen and began to tell other park visitors of his find but for some reason the witnesses were reluctant to believe his story.

Finally, he convinced two men, William Flath and Harold Olsen, to contact the sheriff's department and a recovery team was summoned and found the boy's bodies.  Despite the notion that the boys were not adept swimmers and fearful of the water it was determined that they had been playing on a rickety raft several dozen feet from shore and drowned accidentally. Baznar was questioned by authorities but deemed to be truthful in his accounts of the events leading to the recovery of the bodies.


FURTHER READING:

Search On For 2 Boys In Escanaba, The Owosso Argus-Press, September 16, 1963

200 Hunt Missing Boys At Escanaba, The Milwaukee Journal, September 17, 1963

Hunt For Boys At Escanaba Still Fruitless, The Milwaukee Sentinel, September 18, 1963

Fear Foul Play In Disappearance Of Escanaba Boys, The Milwaukee Sentinel, September 19, 1963

Search For 2 Missing Boys Is Stepped Up, The Owosso Argus-Press, September 19, 1963

untitled, The Ludington Daily News, September 19, 1963

Bodies Of Two Missing Boys Found, The Owosso Argus-Press, September 23, 1963

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Abduction of Betsy Gill


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 has never been heard from again. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of her. Authorities at first believed she wandered away from home and fell into the Mississippi River, but this theory has since been discounted because Gill would have had to cross streets and railroad tracks and then go down a bluff to reach the water's edge. In 2010, forty-five years after Gill's disappearance, authorities stated they were investigating her case as a non-family abduction. They are now attempting to locate potential witnesses and persons of interest who were in the area at the time Gill went missing.

Gill is the youngest of ten children. 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. Gill's father died in 1970 and two of her siblings are also deceased, but her mother and remaining seven brothers and sisters are still alive. Gill may resemble one of her sisters; photographs of them as adults are posted below this case summary.


FURTHER READING


1965

All Leads Being Checked In Effort To Find Betsy Gill; The Southeast Missourian, June 21, 1965

Alabama Police Looking For 2 In Betsy Gill Case; The Southeast Missourian, June 24, 1965

Police To Send Out Circulars In Effort To Locate Betsy Gill; The Southeast Missourian, October 28, 1965


1966

Still Missing; The Big Spring Daily Herald, January 13, 1966

Somebody Just Wanted A Little Girl; The Leader-Post, January 14, 1966

CAP Helps Cape Police; The Southeast Missourian, January 19, 1966


1970

Clark Says His Car Struck Betsy Gill; The Southeast Missourian, April 22, 1970

Clark Files Motion To Set Aside Conviction; The Southeast Missourian, April 24, 1970

Clark Wants To Make Deal; The Southeast Missourian, April 27, 1970

Clark Remains Silent On Details In Case; The Southeast Missourian, May 11, 1970


1971

Missing Child Still Mystery To Gill Family; The Cape Girardeau Bulletin, May 27, 1971

More Doubt In Clark Claim Of Killing Girl; The Southeast Missourian, July 19, 1971


1990

Cape Marks 25th Year Of City Manager Form Of Government; The Southeast Missourian, February 18, 1990

25 Years Ago; The Southeast Missourian, June 19, 1990


2007

Area Missing-Person Case Still Open; The Southeast Missourian, January 17, 2007