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    VA - Elsie Roane, 16, West Point, 20 May 1957


    Elsie Mae Roane

    Endangered Missing from West Point, Virginia since May 20, 1957

    Age: 16 -- Height: 5'9" -- Weight: 115 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Blue

    Elsie wears eyeglasses.


    Elsie was last seen carrying two suitcases on the street in West Point, Virginia on May 20, 1957. She lived with her adoptive father, who worked the night shift. He came home from work when she would normally be in school, and didn't immediately realize she was missing. He reported her disappearance on May 23, 1957.


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    I wish we knew more about her, anyone have access to newspaper archives?

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    Elsie Mae sounds like a classic runaway. Perhaps she had not been happy since her mother died and that her father didn't spend much time with her. I hope she's alive and well taking care of her grand kids.

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    Thank you!

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    The implication is that she was a voluntary runaway and it's quite possible that she had a productive life afterwards and indeed that she is still alive.

    There aren't many "Elsie Mae"s born in 1940/1941 and if she married then a DoB and forename match would be very persuasive.

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    She was last seen on the morning of May 20th, but her father didn't report her missing until the 23rd because he didn't realize she was missing right away? That just seems a little fishy to me. Night shift worker or not, I would think a parent would realize a daughter was missing and make a police report before three nights has passed. It would be interesting to know what the family dynamics were. There's a little more information over on the Porchlight For the Missing site, and from that description she seems rather timid and shy, and not someone I would think would have the "gumption" to run away, or to be someone who would be likely to have a secret love she was running away to meet.

    Also, note that the Charley Project and Porchlight list the last sighting of her as being by a police officer at 11pm, but the original news article linked above says 11am. May 20th, 1957 was a Monday; I wonder if the school year was still in session in her school district at that time.

    ETA: Porchlight site (which seems to be mostly a fairly recent article from the Tidewater Review that I can't seem to find online by itself):
    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobe...howtopic=75262

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    I wouldn't want to go Into the darker theories because there Is so little available on her. But then again we don't know.

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    It mentions adoptive parents; I'm wondering what the circumstances of the adoption were. Did Elsie Mae, perhaps, have a parent somewhere that she knew about, and might have wanted to go visit or live with?

    Then, the officer quoted mentions seeing Elsie walking with suitcases...at 11 a.m. on what was apparently a school day. Did he not think to question what she might be doing? It just says he saw her, not that he actually spoke with her.

    I just checked online and apparently West Point is a VERY small community...just 3,306 residents as of 2010. So I'm thinking that Elsie would be pretty well known around town. Did anyone else recall seeing or speaking with her that morning? Someone selling tickets for the bus or train, perhaps?

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    I found something. http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/...M-Roane_55cw08

    Age 4, born abt 1936
    Birthplace West Virginia
    Gender Female
    Race White
    Home in 1940
    Fudger Creek
    Grant,
    Cabell, West Virginia
    Household Members Age
    Head Charles Roane 23
    Wife Ruth Roane 22
    Daughter Joan Roane 7
    Daughter Elsie M Roane 4
    Son Charles E Roane 3
    Daughter Mary A Roane 1
    Son David Lee Roane 8/12

    http://articles.dailypress.com/2003-...arles-cemetery
    Here is something else: Elsie Mae Roane 76 Tappahannock, VA
    Last edited by Boomeroreo; 05-07-2015 at 09:58 PM.


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    A new lead in Elsie's case...

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=uk

    West Point has suspect in 58-year-old cold case

    Elsie Mae Roane went missing from her home without a trace in 1957

    4:37 p.m. EDT, July 14, 2015

    WEST POINT The West Point Police Department said it now has a suspect in the disappearance of Elsie Mae Roane, who went missing 58 years ago at the age of 16.

    West Point Police Chief Robert Mawyer said he has interviewed the suspect several times and, as a result of new information and witness accounts, believes the suspect has knowledge or information of her disappearance.

    To date, it's the only unsolved missing-persons case on record in the town of West Point.

    "In review of interviews and new information, original information was made more credible and corroborated with our findings," Mawyer said. "All of our findings have furthered objectives of the case and a very viable suspect has developed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctaylor View Post
    Thank you for posting the article! I couldn't access it directly for some reason.

    She's been missing for 58 years and people are still not coming forward with information? They really should not have any reason to hold back now, assuming they weren't directly involved. If that on suspect was involved, he must be in his 70's or 80's.

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    Police have suspect in 58-year-old missing persons case

    Mawyer wasn't able to release the name of the suspect because of the ongoing investigation, but says the suspect is a male, and around the same age as Roane.
    "We may never have the right evidence to prosecute and at this point I'm not concerned with that. My focus right now is to find Elsie Mae and her child and give them a proper burial"
    She was pregnant and the primary suspect is a male around the same age as Elsie. She was last seen carrying suitcases. Based on this, I'm guessing the male suspect is the father of the baby and they had made plans to run away together. Obviously something went horribly wrong and Elsie was most likely murdered that same night.

    The video from the article features a sweet classmate of Elsie's recounting a memory that displayed Elsie's competitiveness and spirit. I'm glad Elsie hasn't been forgotten and I hope the detective can give them a proper burial.

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    How sad for this poor girl, it seems almost certain that the father of her child killed her.

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    Pregnancy definitely makes sense...for a teenage girl in a small town back in the '50s to have been pregnant would have been a horrific scandal. But of course, young men are also young men, no matter what era. It's possible he freaked out, feeling pressure and simply didn't want to (or couldn't) cope with it all. It happens. So terribly sad.

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