FBI: 1965 toddler's disappearance was a kidnapping: Elizabeth Ann Gill/6.15.13 Marks the 48th year anniversary of Elizabeth's disappearance

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Post by lisette on Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:27 pm

Published - Aug 26 2010 06:18PM EST
By JIM SALTER - Associated Press Writer

ST. LOUIS — Elizabeth Ann Gill was 2 years old when she disappeared from the front porch of her family's southeast Missouri home in June 1965. Her family always believed she was snatched and, 45 years on, the FBI has reclassified her case as a kidnapping and reopened the investigation.

Until last week, authorities considered Gill's disappearance in Cape Girardeau a missing child case.

Rebecca Wu of the FBI office in St. Louis said Thursday that the agency officially reclassified the case on Friday, but would not say if there was any new evidence.

Relatives and friends have refused to let the case die, hosting vigils, balloon launches and other events in Beth's honor. About 100 people gathered Saturday to mark Beth's 48th birthday.

Her sister, Martha Gill Hamilton, 60, said she remains hopeful Beth is still alive.

"I think somebody picked her up, someone who wanted a child, or (who) picked her up and sold her," Hamilton said. "I don't think she wandered off."

Beth, the youngest of 10 siblings, disappeared on June 13, 1965. Police and more than 200 volunteers searched for her for days.

Some wondered if she fell into the Mississippi River near the family home. Hamilton said that was unlikely because the toddler would have had to cross streets, railroad tracks and make her way down a bluff.

It was a close-knit neighborhood, Hamilton said. Anyone seeing Beth wandering alone would certainly have taken her home.

Roger Graham of St. Louis, a family friend who has been part of the fight to keep the case open, said four Gypsies were in the city at the time of the disappearance, staying at a motel directly behind the Gill home and selling purses in the neighborhood. Some suspected they may have abducted the girl.
Graham said he was able to find the name of a Gypsy woman who was part of the group, and authorities have tracked her down for an interview. Wu declined comment.

"I believe absolutely she's alive," Graham said. "I believe this is much bigger than Beth Gill. There are other missing kids about that same time frame. I think human trafficking was much bigger back then than people suspect."

Hamilton said her parents always suspected Beth was kidnapped. Her father, who died in 1970, wrote letters to President Lyndon Johnson in the years after her disappearance, urging him to direct the FBI to investigate it as a kidnapping. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wrote back, essentially saying the bureau's investigative options were limited unless there was proof of a kidnapping, such as an eyewitness.

But Wu said today's FBI takes a far different approach.

"The policy and guidelines for missing children have changed," she said. "Whenever a young child goes missing, it is presumed the child has been abducted until we investigate and it is proven otherwise. That's because if a young child really is abducted, time is critical."

The loss of Beth haunted the family, Hamilton said.

"It was devastating," she said. "You see your siblings cry, you can deal with that as a child, but to see your parents heartbroken is just devastating."

Now, Hamilton said, there is at least hope for resolution.

"Our expectations are that we're going to have answers, and whatever those answers are, we're going to accept," Hamilton said.

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Post by CritterFan1 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:48 pm

Cannot wait to see how this story plays out. Wouldn't it be nice if she was alive, just brainwashed into believing that her family did not want her. I pray she is alive!!
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Post by raine1953 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:51 am

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- 
Forty-eight years after Elizabeth Ann Gill was abducted while playing in the front yard of her southeast Missouri home, her relatives believe she is still alive.
Thursday marked the anniversary of the abduction in Cape Girardeau. Elizabeth was 2 at the time.
Her family told KFVS-TV ( [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] they believe that Elizabeth was put up for adoption on the black market and is likely still alive. Her sister, Martha Hamilton, and others close to the family spent Thursday mailing out flyers with photos showing what Elizabeth might look like at age 50.



While relatives believe Elizabeth is alive, they doubt she has any memory of her family in Cape Girardeau because she was so young at the time of the abduction.
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Post by raine1953 on Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:23 am

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -
Investigators have a new lead in a 48-year-old missing person case in Cape Girardeau.

On June 13, 1965, 2-year-old Elizabeth Ann Gill was playing in her front yard in Cape Girardeau when someone snatched her from her happy home. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Now, MJA Inc. Investigations based in Indiana may have uncovered some more information that could lead Beth's family closer to finding her.

Martha Hamilton, Beth's sister, says the investigators found a group of people centered in Michigan that seem to have connections with the people that were persons of interest in 1965. Those persons of interest were in Cape Girardeau when Beth vanished all those years ago.

Hamilton says things in their background led the investigators to believe they may be connected with the people in Beth's disappearance.

Mark Harper with MJA Inc. Investigations says his team is working on some follow up investigations in Cape Girardeau, then go to Michigan to investigate.

Harper says he was investigating another missing person case when similarities arose with Beth Gill's case. Harper says many of the same addresses in Arizona and Michigan kept popping up with both cases concerning gypsy travelers. He says the group had the same "clan mentality" with similar dynamics.

Harper has even traced family history information back to the 1800s to investigate the case.

Hamilton also says they are in contact with two, maybe three women they hope to do DNA testing with to determine if they possibly have a connection to Beth.
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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:20 am

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