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.



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


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


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


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


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


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

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