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  1. #1
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    Oct 2014

    SD - Ella Beth Lodermeier, 25, Sioux Falls, 6 March 1974


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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: March 6, 1974 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth: November 26, 1948
    • Age: 25 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'1, 105 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Lodermeier goes by her middle name, Beth.
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue sweatshirt and blue jeans.

    Details of Disappearance
    Lodermeier was last seen at her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 6, 1974. She was estranged from her husband at the time, and it was her co-workers who told him they couldn't find her. Her husband went to her residence and found a loaf of bread rising in the kitchen, flour spilled on the floor, and a fresh pizza with one piece missing. Her car was parked in the driveway and nothing was missing from the house except Lodermeier's coat and purse. She has never been heard from again. In 1992, eighteen years after Lodermeier's disappearance, her purse, wallet and checkbook were found on the banks of the Big Sioux east of Sioux Falls. Few details are available in her case, but foul play is suspected.

    Sioux Falls Police Continue 42-Year-Old Cold Case Investigation

    According to police, Gene Lodermeier passed away in 2013.

    When investigators searched her home, Mertes said there was signs of a struggle, but Lodermeier was never found. Her purse and coat were missing from the home.
    Cold case: Woman vanished 42 years ago

    Time is running out for Sioux Falls detectives looking to solve the mystery of Lordermeier disappearance and likely death.

    Now, police are asking anyone who might have information about Lordermeier's disappearance to come forward.

    “The main goal in this is to give the family closure,” Detective Pat Mertes said.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    This seems to be a clear case of murder by husband. Gene Lodermeier seems to have been well known as a local criminal. Much of interest about his criminal career can be found at;
    http://sd.findacase.com/research/wfr...0002.SD.htm/qx and
    The former is a case report of his conviction and appeal for theft charges and others in 87/88. The latter is a report on his attempt to file against the various parties involved in his case for conspiracy. He was sentenced to 45 years and his conspiracy case was dismissed as fantasy. The reports include (inter alia);
    * reference to his past criminal record
    * reference to the belief he killed his wife (he cited it as a factor in judicial prejudice)
    * reference to his attempts to 'fix' his original trial by intimidating witnesses
    * reference to him being a prime suspect for the pipe bombing of a Sioux Falls police officer.
    Husband Lodermeier was clearly not a person to be crossed and it is blindingly obvious that LE believed he killed Ella Beth but could not prove it.
    An interesting side question is whether there are other members of the Lodermeier clan who may have information about (or even be implicated in) the wifes disappearance. In the late 80s case Lodermeiers aged mother was convicted for making a false report (when she would have been in her late 60s). A family that would work together on a case in the 80s may also have worked together to get rid of an unwanted member in the 70s.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Here's a podcast interview with the lead investigator done last month. He said about 18 tips have come in after the story on her disappearance was publicized.


  4. #4
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    Jun 2011
    McWopetaz Metroplex, Illinois U. S. of A.
    She's very attractive so I can see it being a case where a guy couldn't handle someone else getting the goodies while he no longer could. That could even be a former bf who found out she was going back with her husband. It could also be a stalker of some sort who had no direct connection to her which would make the case very difficult to solve.
    Last edited by STANDREID; 05-26-2016 at 07:57 AM.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.

    Stan Reid

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