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    ME - Jessie Hoover, 54, Millinocket, 20 May 1983

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    Case Classification: Missing
    Missing Since: May 20, 1983
    Location Last Seen: Millinocket, Penobscot County, Maine

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: Unknown
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 54 yrs
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height at Time of Disappearance: 5' 10
    Weight at Time of Disappearance: 240 lbs
    Hair Color: Gray
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Epilepsy
    Dentals: Unknown; Missing two front teeth
    Fingerprints: Unknown
    DNA: Unknown

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: She was wearing blue jeans, blue shirt, blue windbreaker
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Blue knapsack

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Maine State Police Missing since: 1983 Town: Millinocket Jesse Hoover was reported missing on 7-11-83 by her sister. Hoover traveled to Maine from Texas to hike the Appalachian Trail. She was last seen on 5-20-83 at the Baxter State Park Headquarters. Hoover was an epileptic and had no special equipment or knowledge to aid her while hiking.

    There was a recent story published that talked about her life and her family members were included.

    The untold, unsolved case of Jessie Hoover:
    http://external.bangordailynews.com/.../#.VUxa2flVikq

    Since her disappearance, Hoover’s name has been little more than a footnote in Maine history. Her name was forgotten for decades, and only listed recently in public missing person reports and unsolved case files.

    Yet her family in White Settlement, Texas, still waits for an answer to a question first asked 32 years ago: What happened to Jessie Hoover? Did she really simply disappear without a trace?

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    I found this thread from reading a post by biscuit222 on the Gerry Largay's thread. I have put a link below to her post as a reference.

    The Bangor Daily article was very informative on Jessie's life and her decision to hike the AT. It seems so unusual for neither of the ladies to have been found after their disappearances from the trail.

    I feel for her family in that they have no answers as to where she is after all this time.


    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...Jul-2013/page9

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    Retired game warden doubts missing AT hiker Jessie Hoover will be found

    http://bangordailynews.com/2015/10/1...will-be-found/

    “I think unfortunately the odds would be very, very slim” that Hoover will be found, Sewall said. “But miracles do happen.”
    Ever since her disappearance, Sewall has wondered what happened to Hoover. But as the years have passed, he said it’s unlikely we’ll ever know. Sewall said he was “surprised” to learn that Largay’s remains may have been discovered because he said the odds are so small that a person will be found the longer he or she is missing.

    “I’ve never located the remains of someone who has been missing a [long] period of time,” he said. “It happens, but I’ve never been involved.”

    Sewall doubts Hoover’s remains would be identifiable after so many years. He said the best hope of identifying Hoover would be to find her gear, though her belongings would be long buried.

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    On Namus the DNA status for Jessie Hoover now says "Samples submitted - Tests not complete". I think this is progress in the case because I remember they didn't have DNA being tested before. After a discussion about missing Maine hikers on the Gerry Largay thread, I wondered about the Hoover case in connection with an unidentified body found in New York in 1984:

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/9736

    The body was found by a hiker fairly close to where the Appalachian Trail crosses through New York. DNA is entered for that case. It was the first time I ever contacted Namus about the possibility of a match. Maybe DNA testing can soon show if my idea was right or not. The Bangor Daily talks about Jessie Hoover hitchhiking:

    "Even though Hoover continued to live with her mother, she regularly hitchhiked between Louisiana and California to spend time with both parents."
    http://external.bangordailynews.com/.../#.VUxa2flVikq

    I wonder if she managed to hitchhike south from Maine to New York, since it's unlikely she managed to get there on foot. No one saw her on the trail apparently.
    Last edited by biscuits222; 01-18-2016 at 04:55 PM.

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    Just compared picture and description on this thread to the Namus one and I think you are right on. Thanks for submitting Jessie as a possibility.
    I hope DNA tests will be completed soon and will result in a good outcome so this case can finally be solved for the family.

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    Namus now says "DNA: Sample submitted - Tests complete" for Jessie Hoover, I'm astonished at how quick it's gone through. Other cases take years to get put in.

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    When the tests are complete and entered, does Namus automatically start comparing any and all cases?

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    How a reporter unraveled the untold tale of missing AT hiker Jessie Hoover

    https://bangordailynews.com/2016/05/...jessie-hoover/

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    Good grief. How could anyone with no real hiking experience and no suitable equipment dream of tackling a trail like this? She would have been woefully ill-prepared for anything more demanding than the South Downs Way in high summer. Given the loss of her husband 6 months previously, it makes one wonder if this was an unofficial suicide.



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