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    IL - Mary Ann Switalski, 16, Chicago, 15 July 1963

    Mary Ann Switalski





    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: July 15, 1963 from Chicago, Illinois
    Classification: Endangered Runaway
    Age: 16 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'2, 102 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black sleeveless blouse, white shorts and straw sandals.





    Details of Disappearance
    Switalski was last seen in Chicago, Illinois on July 15, 1963. She attended a carnival at St.Priscilla's Catholic Church that day. She has never been seen again. Her parents received a letter from her two days after her disappearance, however; Switalski wrote that she was fine and would be sending them some money soon. She never got in touch with them again. It has been established that Switalski joined an organization that sold magazines door-to-door. It was bound for California at the time. When questioned, the couple who ran the group admitted they had hired her, but gave conflicting statements as to what happened afterwards. The wife said Switalski had left the group sometime before; the husband claimed she had never left Chicago at all. Switalski's disappearance remains unsolved. Few details are available in her case.



    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department
    312-746-6000

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/switalski_mary.html

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    Is she really thought to be a runaway? Or could she have been sold into some sort of child sex ring? Or were those even around back then?

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    Child sex rings have ALWAYS been around. That said, there's a good chance Mary just never got in touch with her family and is alive somewhere and probably a grandma or great grandma.

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    Mary Ann Switalski, 16, Missing since July 15, 1963 from Chicago, Illinois

    Mary Ann Switalski
    Missing since July 15, 1963 from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics


    Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2"; 102 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; hazel eyes.
    Clothing: Black sleeveless blouse, white shorts and straw sandals.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Mary Ann attended a carnival at St. Priscilla's Catholic Church on July 15, 1963.

    Two days after her disappearance her parents received a short letter postmarked from Oak Park, IL. In the letter, Mary Ann stated that she was fine and that she was going to earn some money to take care of them. No further contact was ever made.

    It is believed that Mary Ann may have joined a magazine door-to-door sales group that was headed to California.

    The husband and wife owners of the sales organization gave conflicting statements. The wife stated that Mary Ann left with the sales group and the husband stated that Mary Ann never left Chicago.

    Investigators
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    Chicago Police Department
    312-746-6000


    Source Information:

    Chicago Tribune
    Doe Network

    LINK:

    http://doenetwork.org/

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    Unfortunately for Mary Ann, no sinister sex ring is necessary for her to vanish. I've read a little on the traveling magazine sales groups and how they exploit their young workers:

    http://www.religionnewsblog.com/2141...ine-sales-cult

    Often when a worker doesn't perform, these groups will just abandon that person, and I don't doubt some of them have done more than that. Perhaps Mary Ann started complaining about the working conditions and lack of pay, thereby becoming an "inconvenience" to the boss?

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    Mary Ann's poster just came through from NCMEC- does anyone know if why it took so long for her to be added??

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    Mary Ann Switalski

    I am a Chicago Police Department Detective. I was contacted by NCMEC regarding the dissapearance of Mary Ann Switalski.

    Anyone having any information can please contact me at mark.czworniak@chicagopolice.org

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    Another link http://illinoismissing.blogspot.com/...-mary-ann.html
    Mary Anns 2nd cousin talks about her in the comments below the article.

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    A better photo than the black and white newspaper photo.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2277dfil.html
    ~JMO~

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    Last edited by Cubby; 11-27-2011 at 01:02 AM. Reason: add photo from NCMEC
    ~JMO~

    A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown


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    Mary Ann's NamUs profile:

    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/4642/0/

    It's good to see dentals are on file and the intial dna inquiry is underway.
    ~JMO~

    A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown


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    Do we know anything about the married couple? Names or something?

    Everything is MOO and I am always willing to be wrong!


    October 2013 marked 60 years since Evelyn Hartley's violent kidnapping while babysitting.

    We need fresh eyes in the case - please visit us in
    Evelyn's thread!

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    Bumping for Mary Ann.






    All kinds of hugs!

    ROSIE



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    As the man and woman who ran that magazine sales group couldn't get their stories straight about Mary Ann, immediate suspicion falls on them. They could have been a front for selling minors for various sorts of illegal activity. It's not clear who questioned them about Mary Ann. You wonder if she left or was taken out of the area by others or perhaps starting hitch-hiking and met some cruel fate along the road. If Mary Ann is still alive, you would think at some point, she would have attempted to contact someone from those days before he disappeared.

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