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Richard
02-29-2008, 08:54 PM
There isn't much information provided in the below case file. Debra was one of several young girls who disappeared from this same area of Connecticut in the space of only a few years. It is very possible that her case was related to cases of the other missing girls.


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Debra Spickler
Missing since July 24, 1968 from Henry Park, Connecticut
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics
Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old

Circumstances of Disappearance

Debbie Spickler, of Mystic, was visiting a relative in Vernon when she disappeared from Henry Park on July 24, 1968.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Vernon Police Department
860-872-9126

Source Information:

Connecticut's Cold Cases
The Hartford Courant 1993
The Doe Network: Case File 2472DFCT

LINK:

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2472dfct.html

Masterj
03-01-2008, 09:14 AM
My initial thoughts are that Vernon is not very far from Tolland, CT, and is right off of I-84.

anthrobones
06-13-2008, 11:03 AM
Bumping

anthrobones
06-13-2008, 11:07 AM
Tolland and Vernon are about 9 minutes apart according to Google Maps

forthelost
06-14-2008, 10:53 AM
http://www.forthelost.org/calikids/DSpickler.doc

grievousangel
06-14-2008, 09:45 PM
I am living in an area near Tolland/Vernon CT. These towns literally blend into one another now...but I am sure that back in '68 there were sections that were still farmland. This crime (and the other girls who have gone missing ) strikes me as so unusual because this area of CT has very little crime...even now. This part of CT is ever referred to as the ''Quiet Corner.'' Both towns are outside of Hartford and are solidly middle class communities. That there were a series of children missing/murdered within a few years time span is very remarkable, and I think it is a very real possibility that these cases are connected. I do not know if that possiblity has been investigated by either LE agency.

Richard
07-23-2008, 04:39 PM
It has been 40 years since Debra disappeared.

anthrobones
08-27-2009, 10:51 PM
Bumping up

:+:MrTT:+:
08-28-2009, 12:03 AM
JANICE K. POCKETT


http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=923957&seqNum=1

DEBRA SPICKLER


http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1101866&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

may have been victims of this person

HAROLD MEADE

from the following link
http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/unsolvedct/serialkillers.html

just speculating, but she seems to fit his MO.
as far as appearance such etc.

ALL MOO AND SPECULATION.

alknon
06-29-2010, 05:45 PM
A photo which could be Debra Spickler was found by police in serial killer Rodney Alcala's storage unit.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/photos-239446-alcala-women.html

bstandifer
09-07-2010, 11:19 AM
this is not deborah spickler

Kat
09-07-2010, 12:03 PM
Thank you Bfstandifer.

Welcome to Websleuths :)

CastlesBurning
07-14-2011, 11:59 AM
The description on Charley Project says that Debra was last seen at a swimming pool. I wonder if they ever interviewed others who were also there that day? If Debra regularly visited her aunt - which I don't know, of course, but I'm thinking maybe - then she might've known area kids, who would know her when she went to swim. They might have been able to tell LE if anything noteworthy happened there, like any arguments with others, if anyone was watching Debra unusually and perhaps followed her when she left, etc.

bstandifer
07-25-2011, 10:17 PM
no, deborah did not visit our aunt frequently at all. i don't believe anyone was questioned at the pool, and if the police did look for witnesses, several hours had passed since she disappeared. it is my understanding the police believed she was a run away (and she was not). my sister did not run off. :(

sister
07-30-2011, 02:07 PM
Charles Pierce is a possibility. He worked at carnivals in Rockville, CT. He confessed to the murder of my sister, Janice, and I believe he may have confessed to Debbie's murder as well. The police did not believe him in Janice's case, and he was known to falsely confess. But I wonder if he was ever questioned in Debbie's disappearance.

bstandifer
08-01-2011, 03:38 PM
Charles Pierce is a possibility. He worked at carnivals in Rockville, CT. He confessed to the murder of my sister, Janice, and I believe he may have confessed to Debbie's murder as well. The police did not believe him in Janice's case, and he was known to falsely confess. But I wonder if he was ever questioned in Debbie's disappearance.

sister, i was looking at charles pierce as well as harold meade. won't know if he was questioned in debbie's case until i can make a trip to ct. and talk with the vernon pd.

smile22
01-26-2012, 03:13 PM
sister, i was looking at charles pierce as well as harold meade. won't know if he was questioned in debbie's case until i can make a trip to ct. and talk with the vernon pd.

Charles Pierce died in prison i believe of cancer or something to that effect i am not sure what year.
he
did confess to killing Andy Puglisi of mass they checked out both his stories relating to janice pockett of tolland and the mass boy. they even took cadiver dogs to where he said the boys body would be. but the dogs did not react at all. tolland pd after hearing his confession determined he had nothing to do with janice.

scriptgirl
03-07-2012, 07:53 PM
Are there threads on the other missing girls?

summer_breeze
03-15-2013, 08:16 PM
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Detectives-Looking-for-Clues-after-Human-Remains-Found-198542031.html

By Ilana Gold | Friday, Mar 15, 2013 | Updated 7:38 PM EDT


People in the Vernon community also wondered if the remains belonged with Lisa White, or two other girls who vanished decades ago. Janice Pockett from Tolland was last seen in July of 1973.

Debra Spickler was visiting family in Vernon when she went missing in July of 1968. Police would not speculate on any of this.

Richard
03-19-2013, 11:23 PM
This July will mark 45 years since Debra went missing.

mikkismom
04-30-2013, 10:41 AM
Investigators: Remains Found in Vernon Do Not Match Missing Girls

http://ellington-somers.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/investigators-remains-found-in-vernon-do-not-match-missing-girls_1e0879c9

Jaina
09-09-2013, 03:54 PM
This past weekend I was at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge traveling into the USA from Canada, and I saw Debra Spickler's missing poster on the wall. I hadn't heard of the case before, and something about her really struck me, so I looked into it once I got home.

To me it seems obvious that her case must be linked to the disappearances/murders of the other young girls in that area from that decade, and to the two suspects that have been mentioned. It's a shame that the remains discovered a few months ago won't provide any sort of closure to Debra's family, or the other families affected by those CT disappearances.

I suppose that I don't really have too much to say on this subject other than to just note that Debra's poster is still being circulated, and that the case really touched me. Hoping for information and answers alongside you guys.

Houston Mom
12-02-2013, 11:14 PM
Wondering:

https://identifyus.org/en/cases/8909

gcharlie
01-27-2014, 12:43 PM
no, deborah did not visit our aunt frequently at all. i don't believe anyone was questioned at the pool, and if the police did look for witnesses, several hours had passed since she disappeared. it is my understanding the police believed she was a run away (and she was not). my sister did not run off. :(

I grew up in Mystic and Deborah was in my brother's class. When she disappeared, the talk was that she had run away. I've always wondered what happened to her and how her life may have turned out. For some reason, I googled her name today and found this. I am so sorry about your sister and hope that someday, you may find an answer as to what happened to her.

scriptgirl
03-25-2014, 01:07 PM
I wonder if it is possible if Molly Bish's killer could have done this?

Houston Mom
03-25-2014, 03:14 PM
NamUs profile for Deborah:

https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/5426/33/

PastTense
10-16-2014, 06:07 PM
The state is offering a $150,000 reward for any information that may help police solve any of the mysteries of what happened to three girls missing from the Vernon area for 40 years or more.

"Something that may have seemed insignificant to someone back then may be important information for us to have today," Tolland State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky said Thursday at a press conference at Vernon Town Hall.

Gedansky also announced the formation of a special Tolland County cold case task force that will handle any new tips that come in and also review the voluminous files of the three missing girls Debra Spickler, Janice Pockett and Lisa White.

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-missing-children-rewards-20141016-story.html

TedMac
10-17-2014, 07:53 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/justice-story/3-girls-beach-found-article-1.1216303

Good article on the Task Force.

brogue
10-27-2014, 04:20 AM
I was raised in an area something like that. There were very few outsiders and when there were, everyone knew it. I would think that over the span, it was someone who lived there or remotely close. I believe they were comfortable and built a routine.

scriptgirl
12-18-2014, 03:34 PM
Why was an article about the 3 missing Indiana women in this thread?