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    MI - Kathy Wilcox, 15, Otsego, 17 July 1972

    Kathy Sue Wilcox, 15, Missing 12 July 1972 from Otsego, MI


    Kathy Wilcox

    (Photo at Link)

    Missing from: Otsego, Mich.
    Birth: Dec. 25, 1956
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 130 lbs
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Gray

    Kathy Wilcox was last seen on July 12, 1972, around Otsego, Mich. To date, Ms. Wilcox has not been located. She was 15 years old at the time of her disappearance and would be 52 years old today.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Allegan County Cold Case members Det. Bruce Beckman of the Otsego Police Department at (269) 692-6111, Det. Pat Oreilly at (269) 673-0500 ext. 4263 or Det. Tpr. Scott Ernstes of the Michigan State Police Wayland Post at (269) 792-2213 ext. 346.

    Information may also be sent via e-mail to silentobserver@allegancounty.org or sheriff@allegancounty.org.

    Source:

    Michigan State Police Official Website

    LINK:

    http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7...000---,00.html

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    Doenetwork file on Kathy...

    Kathy Sue Wilcox, 15, Missing since July 12, 1972 from Otsego, MI

    Kathy Sue Wilcox
    Missing since July 12, 1972 from Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: December 25, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4" (163 cm); 130 lbs (59 kg)
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, shoulder length hair; gray eyes.
    Marks, Scars: Healed, multiple leg fractures. Right or left index finger has a hooked fingernail. Broken toes late 60's early 70's, may not show in post x-rays.
    Clothing: Last seen wearing blue jeans and a purple shirt.
    Dentals: Never had been to the dentist. Unknown level of dental health/decay.
    DNA: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Wilcox was last seen leaving her home on July 12, 1972 to go for a walk. She never returned home and has not been heard from since.

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

    Otsego Police Department
    269-692-6111

    Email: police.dept@ci.otsego.mi.us

    Or

    Allegan County Cold Cases
    Detective Bruce Beckman
    269-692-6111

    Detective Pat Oreilly
    269-673-0500 ext. 4263
    Or
    D/Tpr. Scott Ernstes
    269-792-2213

    Email: sheriff@allegancounty.org

    NCMEC #: NCMC604875

    Case Number: 626-72

    NCIC Number: M-709542472


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

    Source Information:

    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    NamUs
    The Doe Network: Case File 1367DFM

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1367dfmi.html

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    NCMEC file and link...

    KATHY SUE WILCOX

    Photo and Age Progression to 46 years at link below
    Case Type: Endangered Missing

    DOB: Dec 25, 1956
    Missing Date: Jul 12, 1972
    Age Now: 53
    Missing City: OTSEGO
    Missing State : MI
    Missing Country: United States

    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
    Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Gray

    Case Number: NCMC604875

    Circumstances: Kathy was last seen leaving her home on July 12, 1972 to go for a walk. She never returned home and has not been heard from since.

    Source:

    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    LINK:

    http://www.missingkids.com/missingki...archLang=en_US

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    Sad

    I am new to this board so bear with me please. I too am from this little town that Kathy is missing from. I am only 29 years and just this year am finding out about her. I am sad that being from here I never heard a word of it. I started asking around ( my parents, their friends, my old teachers, I even joined a class group from that time on facebook) about her, NO ONE but just 2 people seems to remember this girl or hearing of this girl going missing. I don't understand how this happens in a small town, when everyone knows everyone's buisness. I feel so sad for this girl that by the way it seems she has just been forgotten. One would think that the family would run a story in our small local newspaper but nothing. I can't find news articles, or new storys anywhere.

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    Have you tried asking people who would have been in the same grade she was in?Surely you would think that someone would remember more about her,but it doesn't seem that way.I've tried to find more out about this case too and came up with nothing.Does she still have family there?The picture of her looks so sad,makes you wonder if she was happy or not at home.Could she have run away or possibly abducted?So many questions.Her whole life summed up in one sentence "went for a walk and never returned".How sad.

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    Kathy Sue Wilcox ... Missing for 40 years.

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    Poor Kathy,

    Here is Charley Project's account of her case:

    Not much different, than Doe Network's for information, except the reconstruction picture says it is more current than Doe Network's (2010 vs. 2003):

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/wilcox_kathy.html

    My concern is that we have a girl who has (had) some serious injuries at some point in her life, and it also says she had never seen a dentist. Early suspicions might be did she run away from a physically abusive home? And how did the family act, and react towards her disappearance? Was Kathy's case treated seriously be LE at the time? Or was she just treated as a "runaway?" Are Kathy's parents and/or other relatives still living? What was her home-life like? Earlier indications may suggest things were not good. But we need more evidence, Thanks for posting!

    Satch

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    NamUs MP # 1832 eye color green
    DNA Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Eye Color: Green

    Michigan State Police Kathy Wilcox
    Have you seen me? Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegan County Cold Case Team at (269) 692-6111

    Missing from: Otsego, Mich.
    Birth: Dec. 25, 1956
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 130 lbs
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Gray


    Kathy's photo is shown age-progressed to 54 years. She was last seen leaving her home on July 17, 1972 to go for a walk. She never returned home and has not been heard from since.
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    does anyone think this is a good possibility? http://doenetwork.org/cases/67uffl.html

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    Here is the information from the link mentioned above by Lins1983:

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    Unidentified White Female
    Located on August 21, 1973 in Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, Florida.
    Cause of death was homicide


    Vital Statistics


    • Estimated age: 15- 21 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5"- 5'7"; slender build (circa 110 lbs).
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Approximately shoulder-length, light brown hair. Possibly crooked teeth. She appears to be a young runaway.
    • Dentals: Loose teeth found during screenings of surrounding soil.
    • Clothing: None located
    • DNA: Available at University of North Texas.
    • AKA: Authorities refer to her as "Ginger"


    Case History
    This unidentified female is believed to have been a victim of Joseph "Crazy Joe" Spaziano, a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang in 1973. The victim was located in a dump in Altamonte Springs, Florida on August 21, 1973. She was underneath the body of Laura Harbers, a homicide which Spaziano was charged with in the mid-1970's.
    Spaziano avoided the death penalty in Harberts' case, as a key witness for the prosecution recanted his testimony which would have implicated Spaziano in the crime. His first-degree murder conviction was overturned in 1998 and Spaziano pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of second-degree murder. He is currently serving a life sentence in a Florida prison for the rape and mutilation of a teenage girl from Orlando, Florida.
    A witness said that in the spring of 1973, she saw Spaziano at Daytona Beach with a young girl riding on the back of his motorcycle. The girl asked her to hold her purse for safekeeping. The girl didn't pick up her purse after the motorcycle ride. Five days later Spaziano showed up at her door and demanded the purse. She turned it over, but not before peeking inside for the identification. She told Police that she remembered only that the girl was from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this victim's identity, please contact:
    Seminole County Sheriff's Office
    Detective Jaynes
    407-665-6610



    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis. Agency Case Number:
    1973-1322

    Source Information:
    Seminole County Sheriff's Office
    American Bar Association
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    The height, weight, and general description could fit, and Kathy's age (15) is at the lower end of the estimate.

    The link also includes photos of a bust made of the unidentified girl.

    The biggest problem in making a match would be proving that the biker was in Michigan in 1972, or that Kathy was in Florida in 1973. A year long descrepancy.

    I do not know if Kathy had an ID card, certainly not a drivers license, and if she did, it would probably state her address as Otsego, not Ann Arbor.

    But all in all, an intriguing possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satch View Post
    Poor Kathy,

    Here is Charley Project's account of her case:

    Not much different, than Doe Network's for information, except the reconstruction picture says it is more current than Doe Network's (2010 vs. 2003):

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/wilcox_kathy.html

    My concern is that we have a girl who has (had) some serious injuries at some point in her life, and it also says she had never seen a dentist. Early suspicions might be did she run away from a physically abusive home? And how did the family act, and react towards her disappearance? Was Kathy's case treated seriously be LE at the time? Or was she just treated as a "runaway?" Are Kathy's parents and/or other relatives still living? What was her home-life like? Earlier indications may suggest things were not good. But we need more evidence, Thanks for posting!

    Satch

    Some links for Kathy-

    Delayed Justice David Schock - Murder, “cold” cases, and mayhem - This website is intended to deal with murder, brutality, corruption and hatred—all falling under what we call acts of injustice. We tell the stories of open and unsolved homicides–what are called “cold” cases. We also memorialize those whose lives have been taken from them in hope that somebody will come forward to tell the truth. So far our efforts center on Michigan.
    “Somebody knows somethin’. Somebody ALWAYS knows somethin’.”


    According to her sister; she walked away from the house after a very horrible argument with their stepmother.

    Find Kathy Sue Wilcox FB group Kathy has been missing since July 1972, I say enough is enough let's bring her home. Please I urge anyone with any kind of information to come forward. If there is anything anyone don't feel comfortable publishing on this page, feel free to private message me on Facebook

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    The teeth and lack of dental care bothered me immediately. Add to that the broken toes, broken legs, it doesn't sit right with me.

    I'm guessing she went to Otsego High School? Or maybe a private/parochial school? For determing her rising grade, she has a "tricky" birthday- Dec. 25, 1956. She was 15.5 yrs old when she went missing on Jul 12, 1972. She could have been a rising sophomore OR junior. If she was a rising sophomore, did she finish freshman year in a high school or junior high? Would like to see if she appears in any yearbook photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annegrete View Post
    The teeth and lack of dental care bothered me immediately. Add to that the broken toes, broken legs, it doesn't sit right with me.

    I'm guessing she went to Otsego High School? Or maybe a private/parochial school? For determing her rising grade, she has a "tricky" birthday- Dec. 25, 1956. She was 15.5 yrs old when she went missing on Jul 12, 1972. She could have been a rising sophomore OR junior. If she was a rising sophomore, did she finish freshman year in a high school or junior high? Would like to see if she appears in any yearbook photos.
    Lack of dental care was common back then. I never saw a dentist until I was 11. By then my teeth were pretty bad.

    Multiple leg fractures could mean she fell off of her bike & had a break where each bar is; happened to me; 2 on my lower leg, almost at the ankle; one was really high up; had a full cast for 2+ months


    1972 Otsego High School Comet yearbook; grade 9. Carl cleaned the scan up; added color to the 2nd one



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