Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Elizabeth Gill was last seen playing in front of the family home on South Lorimier Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. on June 13, 1965. Beth was the youngest of ten children. That Sunday, two sisters were driving home with their parents from a short trip out of town, having left Beth in the care of her older siblings.
Police and more than 200 volunteers continued searching for Elizabeth Gill for several days, but they came up with few leads. Crews also dragged the nearby Mississippi River, but investigators believe the terrain between the home and the river was too rough for the child to traverse by herself, and family believed she had been missing only a matter of minutes before the search began.
The following day, police received a tip from a local car dealer indicating Beth may have been abducted. A local car dealer told police that a couple staying at the motel directly behind the Gills' home had recently ordered and paid for a part on their 1965 Chevy truck. The dealer told the couple the part wouldn't be in until Monday, and they responded it wasn't a problem because they'd be in town for about another week. On Monday, the day following Beth's disappearance, the dealer called the motel to let them know the part was ready and was told that they'd checked out the day before - around the time the child disappeared. That raised investigators' suspicions, especially when they learned the family staying at the motel were transients who had been canvassing the area selling purses - and using license plates from at least three different states on their vehicles and allegedly using aliases. Years later, several witnesses would come forward, saying they had seen a woman talking to Beth in her yard a few days before she vanished, coaxing the child to come to her. At the time, investigators weren't able to locate the transients.
In 2010 FBI entered case and relabeled it as a kidnapping. Her family believe that Elizabeth was put up for adoption on the black market. .
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