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    PA - Edna Christine Thorne, 15, Philadelphia, 24 June 1975

    EDNA CHRISTINE THORNE
    DOB: Feb 25, 1960
    Missing: Jun 24, 1975
    Age at time: 15
    Age Now: 44
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Brown
    Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
    Weight: 105 lbs (48 kg)
    Missing From: PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States
    Non-Family Abduction

    Edna was last seen at a relative's residence on June 24, 1975.

    Philadelphia Police Department (Pennsylvania) - 1-215-685-1180

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    25th Anniversary on 24 June

    June 24th marks the 25 year anniversary of Edna's disappearance from her Philadelphia, PA hometown. Please think about her and take some time to read about her case.

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    I will be thinking of Edna today. A lot of 30 year anniversaries in the past and coming months.

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    Its distressing that there are no details!

    I mean how do they know it was an abduction and not a runaway who met w/ foul play??

    Shes looks older than 15 in the picture..........she could have easily passed for 18.


    Anyone know any of the details about the relative's home?
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    Details

    I am sure that there are more details available, but one would have to look elsewhere than the internet at this point to find them. Certainly the police have reports and investigation notes. Possibly the local papers did stories on this case in 1975, and after. If one were to look up microfilm or bound copies of those newspapers in a library, then more details could be learned and posted.

    Websites like NCMEC and Doenetwork (and others) are usually pretty receptive to new information sent in by researchers, and they will modify their files with what is made available to them.

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    Related cases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    I am sure that there are more details available, but one would have to look elsewhere than the internet at this point to find them. Certainly the police have reports and investigation notes. Possibly the local papers did stories on this case in 1975, and after. If one were to look up microfilm or bound copies of those newspapers in a library, then more details could be learned and posted.

    Websites like NCMEC and Doenetwork (and others) are usually pretty receptive to new information sent in by researchers, and they will modify their files with what is made available to them.
    Does anyone have access to Philadelphia area Newspaper microfilm files or police reports on Edna's 24 June 1975 disappearance?

    Edna went missing very close in timeframe and geographic area as several other children:
    Sheila and Katherine Lyon on 25 March 1975 from Wheaton, MD,
    Steven Anderson and David Williams on 7 April 1975 from New Lisbon, NJ,
    Wendy Eaton on 17 May 1975 from Media, PA,
    Tracy Anne King on 8 July 1975 from Littlestown, PA,
    Kathy Lynn Beatty on 24 July 1975 from Wheaton, MD

    All of the above cases remain unsolved. Except for Kathy Lynn Beatty, all children are still missing. Kathy Beatty was found on 25 July 1975, brutally beatten and sexually assulted, but still alive. She died 12 days later from her injuries. Kathy's killer was never caught or identified, however the rash of unsolved disappearances of children in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area seemed to stop at that point. Knowing that his victim had somehow survived his attack, he may have suddenly left the area.

    Could these all of these likely abductions have been committed by the same individual?

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    I believe that back when I had a NewspaperArchive subscription I tried searching for Edna's name and all the variations on it I could think of, and came up with nothing. Chances are she was written off as a probable runaway at the time, hence no news.

    There's no evidence that she didn't run away, though. No evidence, for that matter, that she wasn't abducted by aliens. That's what's so frustrating. The NCMEC has a few near-definite homicides classified as runaways, and some runaways classified as non-family abductions. The "endangered missing" and "long/injured missing" categories are really rubbish files which, as often as not, mean nothing.

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    Does anyone have access to Philadelphia area Newspaper microfilm files or police reports on Edna's 24 June 1975 disappearance?

    Edna went missing very close in timeframe and geographic area as several other children:
    Sheila and Katherine Lyon on 25 March 1975 from Wheaton, MD,
    Steven Anderson and David Williams on 7 April 1975 from New Lisbon, NJ,
    Wendy Eaton on 17 May 1975 from Media, PA,
    Tracy Anne King on 8 July 1975 from Littlestown, PA,
    Kathy Lynn Beatty on 24 July 1975 from Wheaton, MD

    All of the above cases remain unsolved. Except for Kathy Lynn Beatty, all children are still missing. Kathy Beatty was found on 25 July 1975, brutally beatten and sexually assulted, but still alive. She died 12 days later from her injuries. Kathy's killer was never caught or identified, however the rash of unsolved disappearances of children in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area seemed to stop at that point. Knowing that his victim had somehow survived his attack, he may have suddenly left the area
    Thanks for bringing that up Richard...PA has a few really old cases, and I've always wondered if they've been related. Also in response to the question about access to microfilms, I live in Reading (about an hour from Philly) and I'd be willing to go down there on a day off to look up some info on her. Also, if you (or anyone else) knows how to go about obtaining a copy of her police reports let me know, I might be able to pick them up while I'm there as well.


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    Just wanted to add this...I don't think it was in the first post. This comes from the Charley Project...

    Thorne was last seen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1975. She was departing from a horse stable on a relative's property at the time of her disappearance. Thorne has never been heard from again. Few details are available in her case. She is believed to have been abducted by a non-family member.
    The fact that she was departing from a relative's property makes me suspect either the relative did something to her and hid it pretty well or someone abducted her on her way home which is what LE is obviously suspecting (I'm assuming she was on foot since it doesn't mention a car). I'd really like to dig deeper into this but I'm not sure how to go about getting her missing persons report?!


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    Philadelphia Police

    Quote Originally Posted by Paradise
    ... I'd really like to dig deeper into this but I'm not sure how to go about getting her missing persons report?!
    According to the Doenetwork, the Philadelphia Police have this case - so one would probably have to contact them concerning obtaining a missing persons report. I don't know how helpful they would be, or if you have to submit a special form to obtain such a report. Since the purpose of submitting a missing persons report is to eventually Locate that person, it would seem that the police should want to make the widest distribution of that report possible.
    Even knowing whose farm she was departing from, what route she might have taken, who worked at that farm, etc might help.


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    I wonder why doenetwork doesn't give the information that she was leaving a realtive's horse farm. Obviously there aren't going to be horse farms in center city....so this had to have happened on the outskirts of Philly. I know they try to keep as much information from the public as possible so that if someone would come forward they'd be giving real information and not just something they read online but it makes it so much harder to try to solve this or at least work out the details. Anyway, that was my rant. I'm going to try to contact them and get her report. I should be able to get this right? Is this public information?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Does anyone have access to Philadelphia area Newspaper microfilm files or police reports on Edna's 24 June 1975 disappearance?

    Edna went missing very close in timeframe and geographic area as several other children:
    Sheila and Katherine Lyon on 25 March 1975 from Wheaton, MD,
    Steven Anderson and David Williams on 7 April 1975 from New Lisbon, NJ,
    Wendy Eaton on 17 May 1975 from Media, PA,
    Tracy Anne King on 8 July 1975 from Littlestown, PA,
    Kathy Lynn Beatty on 24 July 1975 from Wheaton, MD

    All of the above cases remain unsolved. Except for Kathy Lynn Beatty, all children are still missing. Kathy Beatty was found on 25 July 1975, brutally beatten and sexually assulted, but still alive. She died 12 days later from her injuries. Kathy's killer was never caught or identified, however the rash of unsolved disappearances of children in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area seemed to stop at that point. Knowing that his victim had somehow survived his attack, he may have suddenly left the area.

    Could these all of these likely abductions have been committed by the same individual?
    The Doe Network has listed 2 unidentified young females from Pennsylvania. They were found prior to 1975, but I wonder who they were. Neither victim was buried. You can see the details under Hot cases.

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    Doe Network: Case File 74DFPA

    Edna Christine Thorne
    Missing since June 24, 1975 from Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: February 25, 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 105 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Thorne was last seen at a relative's home in Philadelphia, PA on June 24, 1975. She has never been seen again.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Philadelphia Police Department 215-685-1180

    NCIC Number: M-857652106
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Sources:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 74DFPA

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    I found an article last night on NewsLibrary from 2000 that mentions Edna briefly (very briefly) They spelled her last name Thorn and said she had departed from horse stables when she disappeared.

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    So far from what I've found, she was departing from her relative's house and her relative had horse stables on their property. I'm kind of thinking it was an aunt or uncle, but I'm not sure. I wish there was more information released about her.


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