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    PA - Ada Jane Groomes, 54, Scottdale, 7 Oct 1988

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/590dfpa.html

    This lady is from my hometown... I was in Jr high when she went missing. Her estranged husband was my bus driver (he owned the bus company).. this has haunted me for a long time! Hope she will be found soon!


    Ada Jane Groomes
    Missing since October 7, 1988 from Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


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    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: April 8, 1934
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 54 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7"; 150 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair. Glasses.
    Clothing: Blue jeans. Peach colored jacket, size 8.
    Jewelry: Ada usually wore a pearl ring on the left ring finger.
    Scars: Tubal ligation scar on abdomen.
    Dental: Available


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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    On the morning when Groomes was last seen, she drove to work at Groomes Transit Co. along Route 819 in East Huntington Township, a company she co-owned and operated with her estranged husband.
    She had been separated from him for more than 2 years after 34 years of marriage. She had claimed her husband was physically abusive and she had obtained protection from abuse orders in both Pennsylvania and Maryland.

    After arriving at work on October 7, 1988, Ada Jane Groomes asked to have her vehicle inspected by one of the mechanics. According to an unidentified witness, there was some type of an argument over the inspection at 10:30 a.m. that morning.
    However, the vehicle was inspected, driven away and found parked on a side street near her home. She was never seen again. Her husband was reportedly the last person to see her. He told authorities that he last saw her between 11 a.m. and noon on October 7, 1988.


    A 30-foot-long motor home which was owned by the couple was discovered missing around the same time Mrs. Groomes disappeared. The husband told police that he believed his wife had driven the mobile home west and joined a cult.
    In 1989, the vehicle was recovered in Tampa, Florida. There were no sign of Ada Grooms.
    Foul play is suspected.
    Groomes was declared legally dead in October 1996.


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    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police, Troop A
    Trooper Brian Zimmerman
    Greensburg C.I.A. Unit
    724-832-3288

    Agency Case Number: A1-559330

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    I found some archived articles chaddylex:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...-groomes&hl=en
    1988

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...-groomes&hl=en
    1996

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dail.../s_249031.html
    2004

    Meanwhile, state police still list the case as unsolved. Investigators previously said Donald Groomes was at one time a "primary suspect" in his wife's disappearance, but no arrests have been made.
    More at link. A long drawn out court fight over her assets.

    http://www.westbar.org/pdf/xiv04.pdf
    page 7 and 8 an article written by a Judge. Very interesting details about this missing woman's case outlined there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I found some archived articles chaddylex:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...-groomes&hl=en
    1988

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...-groomes&hl=en
    1996

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dail.../s_249031.html
    2004

    More at link. A long drawn out court fight over her assets.

    http://www.westbar.org/pdf/xiv04.pdf
    page 7 and 8 an article written by a Judge. Very interesting details about this missing woman's case outlined there.
    Everyone around here believes that her estranged husband had something to do with her disappearance. I guess he asked one of the other bus drivers to find him a barrel around the time of her disapperance. (not the one who drove the motor home to Florida) So talk around her is that Ada's body was placed in a barrel and in a body of water...

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    Next month will mark 22 years that Ada has been missing. Come home soon.

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    Ada has been missing for 27 years now. Her estranged husband died in 2011 and investigators said this case will remain open despite his death.

    Ex-husband's death won't close missing Westmoreland woman's case - November 2011

    State police won't close the books on the unsolved disappearance and presumed murder of a Westmoreland County woman 23 years ago, even though the chief suspect -- her former husband -- died on Saturday.

    Donald A. Groomes, 78, former owner of Groomes Transit Co. in East Huntingdon, died in his Connellsville home surrounded by relatives, including his second wife, Janie, according to family members.

    Groomes, who had owned the well-known bus company for 33 years, had been dogged for years over the mysterious disappearance of his first wife, Ada Jane Groomes, 54, of Scottdale on Oct. 7, 1988.

    "He definitely was a person of interest in that case," said Trooper Steve Limani, spokesman at the Greensburg barracks. "It remains an ongoing homicide investigation that has not been solved. Until we know who did it, it will remain open."



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