1123 users online (180 members and 943 guests)  


Websleuths News


Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    602

    MI - Mary Jean McLaughlin, 27, Lake Odessa, 1965



    Mary Jean McLaughlin
    Missing since 1965 from Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: June 13, 1938
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5-5'7"; 140-150 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: Native female. Brown hair; blue eyes. May wear glasses.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Family members say they last heard from Mary Jean McLaughlin, a mother of five, in 1965. Mary Jean's oldest son, was eight years old when his mom disappeared. He recalls that she visited him at school in 1965, and told him she was going away for a while, and said she'd be back.
    Her son filed a missing persons report for his mother in 2002.
    Mary's former neighbor remembers conversations the two had, and that the marriage was troubled.
    There has been no activity on her Social Security number since the time she disappeared.

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/1641dfmi.html


    Much more info at Charley Project: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...hlin_mary.html

    Her maiden name was Beatty, but she also used the surname Blair. She was apparently raised by a Blair family after her mother died.

    I have seen her birthdate listed as 1937 and 1939 as well, but 1938 seems most probable/official.

    Her husband Carlon McLaughlin died in January 2013.

    According to Charley Project she was a 1957 graduate of Lakewood High School, but at the time the school was actually Lake Odessa High School. The 1955 yearbook is available on Classmates, and she is in it as a Sophmore, under the name Mary Jane Blair. Carlon McLauglin appears in the yearbook too, as a junior, so he would have been class of '56. Apparently he had been married once before, immediately before marrying Mary http://genforum.genealogy.com/mclaug...ages/3162.html

    Have just found another post on the matter: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.co...-08/1029415207
    Last edited by alllads; 03-14-2013 at 03:11 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    602
    Here she is in the 1940 census:

    Head Willard Beaty M 48 Michigan
    Wife Hazel May Beaty F 37 Michigan
    Daughter Dorothy Beaty F 18 Michigan
    Son George H Beaty M 18 Michigan
    Daughter Kathleen Beaty F 16 Michigan
    Son Lyle Beaty M 8 Michigan
    Son Claud Beaty M 6 Michigan
    Daughter Mary Jane Beaty F 2 Michigan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Posts
    238
    Just wondering why the oldest won waited until 2002 to file a missing persons report for her. Even if he had to wait until he was 18 or even 21, it could have been done many years earlier. Why didn't her husband file something after she went missing? You could consider she just wanted out of whatever she was dealing with, but it seems unusual for a woman to just up and leave her children whether it's 1965 or 2013.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    1,795
    Quote Originally Posted by Cincinnati Kid View Post
    Just wondering why the oldest won waited until 2002 to file a missing persons report for her. Even if he had to wait until he was 18 or even 21, it could have been done many years earlier. Why didn't her husband file something after she went missing? You could consider she just wanted out of whatever she was dealing with, but it seems unusual for a woman to just up and leave her children whether it's 1965 or 2013.
    Not unheard of. My mom walked out on five children in 1968 - completely disappeared for almost five years. My dad didn't file a missing person's report because he knew she was leaving him. And she was not looked for for the same reason.

    I'm guessing the son had some sort of event in his life that prompted him to look for his mother after all theses years.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    602
    There are two articles pasted here: http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/ar/t7255.htm

    And in one it says:

    "Donald McLaughlin explained that he didn't file a missing persons report until 2002 because all his life he -- along with everyone else in his extended family -- had simply accepted that Mary McLaughlin walked out on the family."

    I think after she left her husband told everyone she had left. I think the theory is that she left willingly, but something bad happened to her at some point after that, as otherwise she would have been expected to contact her children at some point.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    5,077
    Bumping case up...

  7. #7
    NamUs 2882 could possibly be a match on the demographics end. Anyone else see a resemblance?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    602
    Quote Originally Posted by williamscottstephens View Post
    NamUs 2882 could possibly be a match on the demographics end. Anyone else see a resemblance?
    Actually, can definitely see what you mean... I wish there was a profile picture of Mary Jean, that would help. Mary Jean's face is fuller, but that can easily be explained by age. Height is a bit off - UID is 5'4", Mary Jean is said to be 5'5"-5'7" but that's vague anyway. Mary Jean's eyes listed as blue, UID's as hazel, but that's also explainable. Another possible connection is the "Kowloon Roseburg, Oregon" shirt UID was wearing - this 2002 post ( http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.co...-08/1029415207 ) floats the idea that she may have been living in Oregon under an assumed name. Maybe that WAS the case, but she had left by 1987? Who knows... But this is the only UID I've seen that bares any resemblance to her.



Similar Threads

  1. GA GA - Mary Shotwell Little, 25, Atlanta, 14 Oct 1965
    By Richard in forum 1960's Missing
    Replies: 365
    Last Post: 12-08-2017, 12:41 PM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-13-2017, 10:38 PM
  3. NJ NJ - Mary Agnes Klinsky, 18, Asbury Park, 16 September 1965
    By JusticeWillBeServed in forum Resolved Cold Cases
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-02-2017, 07:36 PM
  4. CA CA - Jamie Bordenkircher, 2, North Lake Tahoe, 12 June 1965
    By meggilyweggily in forum 1960's Missing
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 11-10-2015, 11:10 AM
  5. CA James Dwyer Bordenkircher (2) - North Lake Tahoe CA, 1965
    By SheWhoMustNotBeNamed in forum Missing Children in America - A Profile
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-18-2013, 12:59 AM

Tags for this Thread