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  1. #376
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granddaughter View Post
    My aunt Marion typed the letter with the reference to the ballet class photo. I'm wondering if it was another magazine... My mom remembers seeing the photo.
    Thanks, granddaughter for clarifying who wrote the letter. Have always wondered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catsy101 View Post
    I have sent a letter to that school. I have asked them if they could find a photo of this girl who supposedly looked so much like Betty, and send me a copy via my email. Unable to find an email or website addy for this school, I sent a regular by mail letter. Let's pray the school is still in existance, at the address provided on page seven, and that they have kept a lot of the older photographs. I explained the reasoning, and told them if the child was stolen, IF she was stolen, it is a crime, and it needs to be investigated. I also am searching for an expert willing to give his or her time, to see if the two photos are indeed of the same person. Experts can determine to a degree if it is plausible that these two children are the same. IF, the children are not the same child and this is determined by an expert, we can all assume the child in question had a lot of the same features as Betty. If on the other hand, an expert says it is plausible that the children are indeed the same child, we have a new lead. I am sure, that if this ballet group was with the school and was put into a magazine, than they probably would have kept a copy of the photo.

    As far as I know this was already done along time ago. They were either closed or didn't have records from that long ago I don't remember right now but I do know somebody else already looked into this and it was a dead end. Now that I think of it I think Mr Sodder or one of the P.I. went there as matter of fact and they wouldn't give them any information. Even if this was Betty whoever took her would have changed her name so even if they did have the records it wouldn't have said she was Betty Sodder.

  3. #378
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    Guess what? I just recieved an email from the library of congress, and they are willing to look for the photo for us. I need any and all info we have on that photo. Do any of you know if the photograph said the children were all from that school, or just the girl in question? Wjat do we know? Are we certain of the year at all?

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    Hello Carla Hume




    12 May 2008
    Ms. Hume,

    Locating the specific picture in question in LOOK Magazine could be the
    equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack but I am certainly willing to
    do some searching for you. The early years of LOOK Magazine (including the late
    1940's) are not well-indexed so it is extremely difficult to find single images
    in the issues.

    Do you have any more information concerning the image other than it is a
    photograph of a ballet class of little girls? Do you know the subject of the
    article in which the photo appeared? Or where the photo was taken? You say
    that Mr. Sodder saw the photo in LOOK about two years after the children
    disappeared, so I would search in the 1947 and 1948 issues. Does that sound
    like the correct time frame to you?

    Please let me know if you have any additional information so I can begin my
    searching.

    Jan Grenci
    Reference Specialist

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    Granddaughter,

    Special plea to you.

    Anything on that photo would be very helpful.

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    Way to go christine! Thanks for getting us a subforum!

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    Please tell me what good the photo is going to do this many years later? It's still not going to answer our questions. The only thing we can do is say yeah that sure does look like her LOL I highly doubt there will be any information concerning the little girl and if there is what will it say this is Nancy or Jane so and so. It's not going to say this is Betty Sodder. I hate to waste this woman's time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teresa Larson View Post
    Please tell me what good the photo is going to do this many years later? It's still not going to answer our questions. The only thing we can do is say yeah that sure does look like her LOL I highly doubt there will be any information concerning the little girl and if there is what will it say this is Nancy or Jane so and so. It's not going to say this is Betty Sodder. I hate to waste this woman's time.
    Hey there Sunshine, nice that you could join us.

    Why so negative? Perhaps the class/school might be identified and classmates or school administrations contacted to see what information might be gleaned? At least it's SOMETHING to work with, since there is so very little information available. There actually are many doors that may be opened by this. How else do you think investigations are done anyway? Baby steps.

    You know, I can't never did anything, I'll try did it all.

    I'm just sayin'.................

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    I want to get an expert to look at it. Experts can tell whether or not this is the real Betty Sodder or a lookalike. If it is, as I suspect, a lookalike and nothing more, we are back to square one. If I am wrong than we KNOW that at least one of the children was abducted. And we may be able to find one of them. If we can find her through school records, what her name was changed too, etc, she may have some good info on what happened to the other children. If not, at least we found one of them. Good start. And if not, if she is just some other child who happened to look like Betty, than we know this photo has NOTHING to do with this case. Which DOES help us.

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    I found this posted in thread one, but I can't get it to open...anyone?



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    I think the negativity is simply there because other people have tried to get the library of congress to find this photo and they refused. I have finally gotten someone to listen and agree to look at this photo. Look guys, it doesn't matter where the photo comes from, it just matters that we get it. Can some of you write to experts and find out if they'd be willing to check this photo to Betty's? I think it's a pretty safe bet the library of of congress will find this photo and send a copy via my email.

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    I think any avenue pursued is good. If this really could turn out to be Betty then that would be a definate lead to the children still being alive. Sometime things seem impossible, but one little thing like this could eventually lead to find this person, Betty or not. One way or the other, if it is proven it is not Betty then we know for sure, once and for all, that this was really just a dead end from the beginning. I have always been curious about that photo-I want to see it. Catsy, do you have a classmates gold account? Maybe someone has registered from the 40's who went to school with this girl and could identify her.

    Keep up the good work. I was in DC a short time last summer and wanted so badly to go to the Library of Congress, but I was on business and didn't have the time.

  13. #388
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    ITA w/the last 3-4 posts...FWIW. Every/any avenue followed could lead to more answers and maybe a resolution.

    Kudo's to those that are ACTIVELY working this case. Thank you!

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