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  1. #31
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    John, were there any articles in the area newspapers marking the 60th anniversary? I haven't seen anything so far. Have you ever thought of putting all that you have on your website into a book (along with some added text)? There are a few books out on long ago unsolved missing children cases (Beverly Potts and Evelyn Hartley for example) ?The colorized picture of Georgia would look good on the cover. I realize it is easier said than done. Thinking of your family, it must seem like forever since she went missing.

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    No mention

    Not sure if any mention of her up around there. Information is hard to come by anymore. I gave my book to our local police to show kids today of what can happen. Did a Google search for Georgia Jean Weckler and on the New tabs there are a bunch of articles you can get, but have to subscribe to the service, that shouldn't be, but when there a buck to be made I guess. It would be a good book if it had a good ending, but so would all of the others if they were solved also. These are all special kids too.

  3. #33
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    one question

    I read through all of the articles at the website...but could not find the answer to this question...if Georgia Jean was observed getting the mail from the box, what happened to that mail? Was it still in the mailbox, strewn on the driveway or missing along with the girl? I know the answer to that question does not in anyway indicate what happed to the child ...but it's like a hanging thread...and would assist in perhaps a making an accurate time line for the kidnapping. Thanks !

  4. #34
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    As far as the mail goes, it appears that it disappeared with her and she did not make it into the house. In one of the stories, the police were contacting banks and shopkeepers trying to figure out if there had been any checks in the mail to the family and seeing if anyone had tried to cash them if there had been checks.

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    Missing Mail

    That is still a question I have. The FBI was not involed with her being missing-kidnapped, but with the mail they should have been. Her Dad, George was like a county treasurer and he got checks for that, also he had just sold some farm animals too, so those checks should have been there. The little girl that was with her when she was dropped off saw her get the mail. In the evidence that was collected from the hideout were some burnt items that were not really tested, makes you wonder? But again this happen in 1947 and didn't have the tools used today. The sad thing is these low lifes still get away with it today with the new tools.

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    Georgia Jean Weckler, 8, Missing since May 1, 1947 from Fort Atkinson, WI

    Georgia Jean Weckler
    Missing since May 1, 1947 from Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: 1939-1940
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 8 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'3"; 70 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde shoulder length straight hair; brown eyes.
    Clothing: Pink button sweater over a blue T-shirt, blue jeans, blue flowered skirt, rubbers and a brown flowered head scarf.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Weckler was last seen at approximately 3:30 p.m. near her farm home in rural Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin on May 1, 1947. A neighbor gave her a ride part of the way home from school, dropping her off at the entrance to the half-mile-long driveway leading up to her home. Weckler told the neighbor that she would go into the woods and pick some flowers for a May Day basket before going home.

    Georgia, a first-year 4­H club member, reportedly "knew" the wood area and the possibility of her getting lost is, believed to be slim.

    The neighbor saw Weckler collect some letters from her family's mailbox and start walking up the driveway, but she never arrived at her house. She has never been heard from again and the mail she was carrying at the time of her disappearance has never been found.

    Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored 1936 Ford sedan in the vicinity that afternoon. The car vanished at the same time Weckler did, and tire tracks were found on the road. It was being driven by a blond man, 20 to 25 years old. This man is the prime suspect in Weckler's presumed abduction. He has never been identified, though many individuals were questioned over the years.

    At first, investigators believed Weckler had been kidnapped for ransom, as her father was a man of means. Days passed and no ransom demands were made, however. Authorities now believe Weckler was taken by a sexual predator.

    Buford Sennett, a convicted murderer who had just started serving a life sentence in prison, confessed to Weckler's murder in the fall of 1947. He claimed that he and a companion he refused to name had kidnapped her for ransom purposes and given her some sleeping pills and she had accidentally overdosed and died. Sennett said he had tossed Weckler's remains into the Blue River near the town of Blue River, Wisconsin. A search of the river turned up no sign of Weckler, however. Sennett was never charged in connection with her case and police are not certain whether he was involved.

    Source Information:
    The Crime Library
    The Charley Project
    John Weckler's Website
    The Doe Network: Case File 1727DFWI

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1727dfwi.html

  7. #37
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    It's now coming up on 61 years that Georgia's been missing.

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    My aunt is Georgia Jean's cousin. Her father Elmer and Georgia's dad George were brothers. She was 10 years old at the time and can remember it very well. In fact, we just had a lengthy discussion about this Monday night. Apparently, the local LE spent more time focusing on the family members than pursuing the mulitple leads about the 1937 Black Ford.

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    Bumping...Saturday, May 1st will be the 63rd anniversary of Georgia Jean's disappearance.

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    I agree with the family member of Georgia (John) that said Sennett was responsible.

    After reading a great many articles that now have been uploaded to view for free. (If you see an article and it says it's a pay per view, there may be a tab under it that says "all related" click on that and make sure there aren't free ones to see as well).

    Here is an article that I was able to track from articles that stated the blonde young man in the car to his identity as Stennett.

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

    In the article above Stennett and his accomplice attacked 2 other girls, wounding one very seriously.

    In Dec. 1947 Stennet confessed to kidnapping and killing Georgia. (he says she died from an OD of sleeping pills). He had already been convicted at that time (1947) of murdering a U of W co-ed.

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

    What I find interesting is in the article above LE discounted his confession. However, back during the early days of Georgia being missing---LE searched his Mother and Father's home and it was stated in an article that they had found evidence to take him back in to reinterview him in that home about Georgia.

    Here is a link for 64 articles on Georgia.

    http://news.google.com/archivesearch...earch+Archives

    Please use the hint I gave you all above about clicking on related articles and you should be able to find much more if you are interested to read for free.


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    One more suggestion. From the articles that I read, and given that Georgia wasn't found in the river, it appears that Stennett had a penchant for creating "secret hideouts" in the woods. I don't wonder if Georgia might have not been buried out in those woods? Just a thought.

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    65 Year Anniversary...

    May will mark 65 years since Georgia went missing.

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    UPDATE: Authorities search for remains of missing 8-year-old Fort Atkinson girl

    See more at: http://gazettextra.com/article/20130....Fbdw8KFD.dpuf

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    Investigators sift Janesville site for remains of 8-year-old girl missing for 66 years

    Investigators on Monday began digging through dirt with their hands at a Janesville site in a search for the remains of an 8-year-old girl who was reported missing 66 years ago near Cambridge.

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    Search dogs indicated that the remains of a body might be buried at the undeveloped lot at the intersection of North Wright and East Rotamer roads on the city's northeast side, about a mile east of Interstate 39-90, Christiansen said.

  15. #45
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    Now on Fox news site - hopefully, a renewed interest and bigger audience will help solve this tragic case:


    JANESVILLE, Wis. Investigators are digging up an empty lot in Janesville after receiving a tip about a cold case dating back to 1947 from neighboring Jefferson County.
    The Rock County Sheriff's Department says an individual provided some information to detectives last month, and they're checking it out.
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the case involves an 8-year-old girl who had gone missing May 1, 1947. Georgia Jean Weckler was last seen after being dropped off by a neighbor after school at her parents' farm near Fort Atkinson. The driver saw her get mail from the mailbox, but the girl also said she wanted to go into the woods to pick flowers for a May basket.
    Rock County authorities are working with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and a canine search-and-rescue unit.


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/06...#ixzz2bBpzuPeU

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