When she turned around, her sister was gone. What followed was a grueling search that spanned months and saw more than 3, local people hunting for Marjorie, with countless others locked into the national newspaper coverage. As darkness fell, oilmen brought headlamps.
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The effort slowed when a cold rain fell at 1am. On Monday, the search party grew to They waded through the stream and stood 25 yards apart in a mile-long line, ultimately combing four sq miles. Police interviewed motorists across an area spanning sq miles. By Tuesday, 10 May, police brought bloodhounds from New York state.
That evening, they found clues, but accounts vary.
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Nothing of interest was found inside. Many people believed in , as they do now, that Marjorie was picked up at the road. Witnesses told police of three cars that had passed through the area around 3pm. The drivers of two were identified by Tuesday night. The third — whom witnesses said was a man — was seen fleeing in his Plymouth sedan so fast an oncoming motorist told police he had to pull into a ditch.
He got 2, The search was praised for its organization, thanks in part to the men who, like Shirley, had served in the great war. By the end of the week, the search had covered 35 sq miles with Marjorie still out of sight. There were discoveries: a swath of lace near the boulder, and a fresh hole a few miles away. He ate his evening meal at home and then returned.
Cecilia West stayed at home so as not to miss a phone call. Newspapers covering the disappearance linked it with a mystery in which two boys vanished near the forest within a few hours of each other. The boys ran, but when the group stopped, Eddie was gone. Thirteen miles away, in the town of Ludlow, Michael Steffan, seven, fished with a friend. Walking home, the other boy looked back and Michael had vanished. But Harry returned a week later with no knowledge of the boys, police said.
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The story said the woodsman had been questioned about Marjorie at one point, but was released. If Marjorie was snatched, it could have been for profit. During the Great Depression, child kidnappings became a popular, low-tech way to make a buck. Abductions did increase with the use of automobiles and with greater highway usage.
Still, many of those who believed Marjorie was abducted thought it was not for ransom, but for a different type of moneymaking enterprise. Tann died three days after the investigation became public. Many of the children never knew their birth parents including famed professional wrestler Ric Flair , born in , who wrote of the circumstance in his autobiography. The Tann theory was bolstered by a clue. Could they have been stopping midway to Tennessee? But news stories from five months later render the Tann theory unlikely. He said that on that evening, he and daughter Lois, five, were returning home from a visit to Parsons, West Virginia, and had to stop because of fog.
Lois became frustrated and cried.
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They left the hotel early the next morning to open his shop. Census records from show a Conrad Fridley, 31, of Ridgeley, who in had a daughter, eight. Tammy Dittman, a longtime teacher in Bradford , took a class of hers to the Allegheny Forest in to learn about archeology. During the trip, two men from the Civil Conservation Corps discussed their search, as youths, for Marjorie. After the Olean Times Herald covered the project , Dittman got a call from another elderly man, now blind, who had searched as well.
Dittman, who has hiked near Chappel Fork, acknowledged the hazards nearby, including hundreds of old wells that are hard to notice.
Yet she believes the most likely explanation is that Marjorie was kidnapped. My grandmother held on to her feeling of responsibility until her passing two years ago. However, they did contact authorities back in , compelling the state police, unable to find old records, to start a new case file. Unfortunately, they produced no clues. On both sides of the law that loyalty makes Charlie a 'good bloke'. And in a world of shadows, where trust is the highest currency, a good bloke is worth his weight in gold.
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