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    OH - Sharon Lynn Pretorius, 13, Dayton, 28 Sept 1973

    A studious, pretty and promising 13-year-old girl left her home on Cornell Drive in Dayton View one afternoon 33 years ago wearing a yellow long-sleeved sweater, blue jeans and gym shoes.

    Sharon Lynn Pretorius, a tall girl with long, brown hair in braids, had come home from Fairview High School, where she was a freshman, took a piano lesson, then said goodbye to her brother Richard and began to move about the neighborhood collecting money for her Journal Herald route.
    She never returned.

    The mysterious disappearance triggered more than three decades of frustration for family members, friends and Dayton police investigators.

    Now, members of the Pretorius family, who have lived with the unknown all these years, have made a "joint decision of the heart" to have a memorial service as they pray for closure.

    In a paid notice on the obituary page of the newspaper today, the family indicates that Sharon is "presumed abducted and murdered" after she disappeared on Sept. 28, 1973.

    http://www.daytondailynews.com/searc...72306dale.html

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    If anyone has a picture, send it to me -- I can't put her on the Charley Project without a picture.

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    just bumping her up. Does anyone have any other info on her?

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    I grew up in this area and just recently heard about this case. They talked about it on the news and that is how I learned of it.

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    From the Doenetwork files...

    Sharon Lynn Pretorius
    Missing since September 28, 1973 from Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date of Birth: about 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: Tall for her age.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Long, brown hair, worn in braids.
    Clothing: A yellow long-sleeved sweater, blue jeans and gym shoes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Pretorius was last seen she left her home on Cornell Drive in the Dayton View neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio on September 28, 1973.

    She had attended her classes at Fairview High School, where she was a freshman, gone home, had a piano lesson, and left to collect money in the neighborhood for her Journal Herald newspaper route.

    Procedures at the time prohibited Pretorius's family from reporting her as a missing child until 24 hours had passed. Investigators believe she did not run away and was probably abducted and murdered. A witness saw a girl matching Pretorius's description struggling with a man near a car at the corner of Cornell and Philadelphia Drive on the day she disappeared, but the man has never been identified and the girl was not confirmed to be Pretorius.

    Authorities followed up many leads in her disappearance over the years, but her case remains a mystery. Her family held a memorial service for her in 2006. On the obituary page of the newspaper, the family indicates that Sharon is "presumed abducted and murdered" after she disappeared on September 28, 1973.

    This missing-persons case was one of the most publicized cases in Dayton police history.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dayton Police Department 937-333-COPS


    Source Information:

    Dayton Daily News
    Guest Book for Sharon Lynn Pretorius
    Dayton Daily News
    Charley Project
    The Doe Network: Case File 2051DFOH

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/2051dfoh.html

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    This probably means nothing...

    But doesn't she resemble Bonita Bickwit, who disappeared around two months previously?

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/3dfny.html

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    bump...

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    updated doenetwork link...

    Sharon Lynn Pretorius, 13, Missing since September 28, 1973 from Dayton, OH

    Sharon Lynn Pretorius
    Missing since September 28, 1973 from Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date of Birth: about 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: Tall for her age.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Long, brown hair, worn in braids.
    Clothing: A yellow long-sleeved sweater, blue jeans and gym shoes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Pretorius was last seen she left her home on Cornell Drive in the Dayton View neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio on September 28, 1973.

    She had attended her classes at Fairview High School, where she was a freshman, gone home, had a piano lesson, and left to collect money in the neighborhood for her Journal Herald newspaper route.

    Procedures at the time prohibited Pretorius's family from reporting her as a missing child until 24 hours had passed. Investigators believe she did not run away and was probably abducted and murdered. A witness saw a girl matching Pretorius's description struggling with a man near a car at the corner of Cornell and Philadelphia Drive on the day she disappeared, but the man has never been identified and the girl was not confirmed to be Pretorius.

    Authorities followed up many leads in her disappearance over the years, but her case remains a mystery.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dayton Police Department 937-333-COPS


    Source Information:
    Dayton Daily News
    Guest Book for Sharon Lynn Pretorius
    Dayton Daily News
    Charley Project
    The Doe Network: Case File 2051DFOH

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2051dfoh.html


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    Possible Match

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/133ufoh.html

    There is a time gap, but still fits the age range and description.

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    Maybe with the third artist's sketch, but I am sure police have checked this out, if there were a possibility.
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    This month marks 27 years since Sharon went missing. Come home soon sweetie.

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    Sharon, my prayers are with you where ever you are.
    Whoever is stopping her from coming home, have mercy on her loved ones.
    I am sure they're much more interested in having their baby back home with them than convicting you.
    Have You Seen Me?
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    Mary Jo Lee Long
    Leanna "Beaner" Warner
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    Stacie Madison and Susan Smalley
    The Springfield Three
    Fawn & Rozlin Abell
    The Forth Worth Trio
    Rachel Mellon Skemp

    ***
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/photos/full/20806
    Where is Sharon Rose Sons?
    Discuss her case here: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...aron+rose+sons

    "We lose our keys, we lose our glasses..but how, in America, do we lose our children?!"-Molly Bish's Mother
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    Have You Seen Me?
    Deanie Marie Pyle Peters
    Mary Jo Lee Long
    Leanna "Beaner" Warner
    Jodi Huisentruit
    Amy Billig
    Rachael Garden
    Stacie Madison and Susan Smalley
    The Springfield Three
    Fawn & Rozlin Abell
    The Forth Worth Trio
    Rachel Mellon Skemp

    ***
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/photos/full/20806
    Where is Sharon Rose Sons?
    Discuss her case here: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...aron+rose+sons

    "We lose our keys, we lose our glasses..but how, in America, do we lose our children?!"-Molly Bish's Mother
    **All posts are my opinion.**

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