Can You Help Find Beth?
The internet is a wonderful thing and because so many see from so many places, many crimes and cases are solved by our watchful eyes. This mother is 86 years old and she just wants to find her daughter before she dies. I can not imagine the pain she has carried all these years with her daughter abducted at 2 years old. So I am asking…no matter where you live..no matter what country…will you please share this so that someone somewhere might recognize her or she may even see herself. Let us all be heroes and help Anola Gilland find her missing baby so that she can finally have peace. Can you imagine what a joyful reunion that would be? My heart breaks for Anola Gilland and I pray that by passing this out to everyone, and we all take it and pass it some more and some more…the case can be solved and Anola Gilland gets to hug her daughter in real life before her time here on earth is up.
“Elizabeth 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 a few blocks away, but this theory has since been discounted because Elizabeth would have had to cross streets and railroad tracks and then go down a bluff to reach the water’s edge.
In 1970, Phillip Odell Clark, a Missouri man serving a life sentence for murder, told police he’d accidentally run over Elizabeth in his car and killed her on the day of her disappearance. He said he panicked and buried her body because he’d been drinking and was afraid he’d be charged in her death. A photo of Clark is posted below this case summary. He had murdered his ex-wife’s grandmother in 1966 and held five other people hostage. Clark told several different stories about where he’d put Elizabeth’s body, and investigators were unable to find any evidence to support his story about her. They concluded Clark’s confession was a fabrication. In 1971, he killed a fellow prison inmate and was convicted of manslaughter. He was himself murdered in prison in 1977.
In 2010, forty-five years after Elizabeth’s disappearance, authorities stated they were investigating her case as a non-family abduction. They suspect a group of drifters who were staying at a nearby motel might have kidnapped her. Twice before she disappeared, members of this group tried to beckon Elizabeth towards their car.
Elizabeth 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. Elizabeth’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.
Anyone with information, please contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department (573) 335-6621, extension 1120
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