View Full Version : IA IA - Colleen Vanita Simpson, 14, Bedford, 5 Oct 1975

11-10-2004, 11:52 AM
COLLEEN VANITA SIMPSON missing 5 Oct 1975 Bedford, IA

DOB: Dec 5, 1960
Missing: Oct 5, 1975
Age Now: 43
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Black
Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 90 lbs (41 kg)
Non-Family Abduction
Missing From: BEDFORD, IA, United States

Colleen was last seen at home where she disappeared during the night. She has a scar on her right forearm.

Taylor County Sheriff's Office (Iowa) - Missing Persons Unit 1-712-523-2153


02-19-2006, 11:47 PM
I wonder how much attention this case received in 1975. I grew up in Lenox, Iowa which is about 25-30 minutes from Bedford. My grandfather was on member of the Taylor County Sherriff's posse and he doesn't remember the case or Collen's name at all, neither does my grandma. Really in my opinion unusual, especially since my grandpa remembers everything that ever happened-his memory is scary good. Next time I go back to Lenox I'm going to try to look up the newspaper archives and see what was written.

Bedford is tiny-Bedford has about 1,600 people and it's the county seat. In the whole of Taylor County their's only like 7,000. In recent years the Hispanic population has increased but in 1975 it was very much white, farmer type people. Everyone knew everyone. It just makes me wonder why this girl has nothing out there.


02-20-2006, 04:36 AM
They probably figured she had run away -- and perhaps she did, who knows. A runaway in 1975, from what I know, got even less attention than they do now. It seems like in 1975 everyone was running away.

12-13-2006, 05:21 PM
Thinking of Colleen and her family. It's been 31 years with no answers.

05-23-2010, 05:16 PM
October 5th of this year will mark 35 years since Colleen disappeared. I wish there was more information available about her and the case.


Colleen Vanita Simpson

Missing since October 5, 1975 from Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: December 5, 1960
Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Black hair; hazel eyes.
Marks, Scars: Moon-shaped scar just below her elbow on her right forearm and a mole on the left side of chin.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Simpson was last seen at her family's home in Bedford, Iowa on October 5, 1975. She disappeared sometime during the overnight hours.


If you have any information concerning Simpson's whereabouts, please contact:

Taylor County Sheriff's Office
Missing Persons Unit
Email: mpicinfo@dps.state.ia.us

All information may be submitted anonymously.

NCMEC #: NCMC601905

NCIC Number: M-184789907

Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:

The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
The Doe Network: Case File 362DFIA



08-14-2010, 12:59 AM

It's so sad that there's so little information about this poor girl... The Charley Project also has a page for her, but there are precious few details...

09-24-2010, 02:10 PM

Next month will mark 35 years that Colleen has been missing. Come home soon sweetie.

09-21-2012, 07:59 AM
Bumping case up. It has been two years since the last post. October 5th will mark 37 years since Colleen Vanita Simpson went missing.

11-15-2012, 08:51 PM
Odd that she was the daughter of LE and no info on her. Makes me wonder.

05-08-2013, 12:47 PM
Have you seen these missing Iowa children?


08-24-2013, 10:23 PM
I happened to run across Colleen Simpson's missing report while web browsing today and this is the first I've ever heard of this case.

I am shocked that I just learned about this because I grew up in Bedford, and graduated from Bedford High School. I was born one year earlier than her so she most likely would have been one year behind me in school. I was a junior when she went missing.

The town was small (still is). Everybody knows everyone, even from the surrounding small towns. Bedford consolidated schools around 1970, so kids from the tiny towns close by attended school "in" Bedford.

So it boggles my mind that I never heard about Colleen Simpson, never knew a girl by that name in all the years growing up. And a Colleen Simpson did not attend my school. This is so weird, not to mention very sad.

Without a doubt, with Bedford being so small and myself living there since I went into the third grade and graduated high school there..... this would have been a big deal if people knew about it, and something still to this day, not forgotten. In a small town, happenings never die! They just don't, not in Bedford anyway.

I hope and pray that one day Colleen will be found, and justice will be served.

11-02-2013, 11:06 AM
bumping for a fellow Iowan...I lived in Iowa until I was 35 and I've never even heard of Bedford.

I hope she's found soon.

11-05-2013, 12:34 PM

11-17-2013, 04:14 AM

I came across this case while browsing Iowa Cold Cases.

I think it's very possible she snuck out to meet someone and that someone lead to her demise, whether it was an accident or intentional. That's what happened to Skylar Neese.

Fortunately for Skylar, there was video footage of her leaving. Unfortunately for Colleen this is not the case.

As with all of you, I'm so surprised by the lack of interest or publicity with this case, especially with it happening in a small town and her father being a policeman.

I hope he's close to finding out what happened to his daughter. :(

11-17-2013, 03:13 PM
It does seem strange sometimes when one case is all over the news for months or even years, while others remain quietly filed away somewhere. All of these missing person cases deserve wide distribution and attention.

Unfortunately, in some cases there just isn't much information available. Other times, a missing person just does not have a strong advocate or family member to put out the information which is available. Police and cold case officers sometimes release information to the public. Just as often, however, police departments keep everything under tight wraps as general policy - perhaps on the belief that they might compromise their investigation by revealing information about the case.

It does help, I think, to publicize those cases which have been Solved, along with their particulars and bits of information. Sometimes a match or a close association can be made between a solved case and an unsolved one when investigators can look at all the possibilities.

02-16-2014, 01:08 AM
I was looking at her teeth (from the photo) compared to Carbon County Beth Doe but, in my amateur opinion, it doesn't look similar.

That kicked out tooth should make her a little easier to ID if the doe's teeth are represented.

03-07-2014, 01:36 PM
Maybe there was no publicity because her dad was in LE. Maybe it would have been an embarrassment. Could she have been home schooled?

DD Byrd
03-07-2014, 03:02 PM
She's not on the NamUS ruleout list for Cali, but at 90 lbs are we sure she was really 5'7"? CAUTION: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/6583

10-10-2015, 12:17 PM
Colleen has been missing for forty years now.

The information on Iowa's Cold Case (https://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/colleen-simpson/) site doesn't have any further details although some of the comments are interesting. They also say that she was last seen in Clearfield (where she lived) but was reported as missing in Bedford.

10-10-2015, 08:34 PM
Hm. Her friend said she disappeared from an out of town function. I wonder what kind of function and in what town? I know nothing at all about Iowa but maybe if we knew that info it would give us some clues, something to work with.

10-12-2015, 06:21 PM
There is a post on that Iowa Cold Cases page that makes no sense. A woman claiming to have been Colleen's bestie says that the family was living outside of Grant, Iowa-so far, Colleen's home has been placed in 3 different cities-Bedford, Clearfield and Grant. Why and how close are these towns to each other?The best friend goes on to say that Colleen and her family went to an out of town function and that Colleen disappeared from that function. So why not raise a huge fuss? If it was a family function, why didn’t her family contact the media, do all they could? Her mother is dead, but what about her dad? My spidey senses are tingling and that’s not good.

12-28-2015, 10:42 PM
Forgive me for being addled, but I don't see anything about Colleen's dad being LE. Where did I miss that? Also, I don't think anyone in Bedford knew her because she wasn't from there. It's possible that she and her family went to a function in Bedford, returned home to Clearfield and she disappeared from there. It doesn't astound me that so little information was available on this case when she disappeared, but I'd expect SOMEONE in her family/friends would have written/started a webpage/added to Doe/Charley at this point.

12-28-2015, 11:01 PM
Forgive me for being addled, but I don't see anything about Colleen's dad being LE. Where did I miss that?

Here's a story done in 2006 that says he was law enforcement.


Colleen's father, Jerry Simpson, now lives in Logan, Iowa and looking over the Bradford photos, he focuses on number 49.

"That one sure looks like Colleen," he says.

Jerry spent his career as a lawman in Clearfield and later in Logan.

12-28-2015, 11:21 PM
It was a Saturday night so I can see her possibly sneaking out to meet someone or to go to a party then meeting with some misadventure. Hard to imagine her being abducted from the home and no one hearing anything.