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    IA - Colleen Vanita Simpson, 14, Bedford, 5 Oct 1975

    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


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    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.


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    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.

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    Thinking of Colleen and her family. It's been 31 years with no answers.

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    35 year anniversary approaching

    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

    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


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    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...

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

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    Bumping case up. It has been two years since the last post. October 5th will mark 37 years since Colleen Vanita Simpson went missing.

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    Odd that she was the daughter of LE and no info on her. Makes me wonder.

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    Have you seen these missing Iowa children?
    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

    We are all one poor choice from being a subject on this forum. Think twice.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Unless I provide a link, every one of my posts are to be considered rumor, Speculation, or simply MY OWN OPINION.

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    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.

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    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.

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