01-26-2008, 03:01 AM #1Former Member
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Connie Smith (10) - Salisbury CT, 1952
Missing Since: July 16, 1952 from Salisbury, Connecticut
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: July 11, 1942
Age: 10 years old
Height and Weight: 5'0, 85 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair. Smith was well-developed in 1952 and looked older than her age.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red windbreaker, blue shorts with plaid trim, and a red hair ribbon.
Details of Disappearance
Smith resided in Wyoming at the time of her disappearance; her grandfather was a governor of that state. She was spending part of the summer of 1952 at Camp Sloane in Salisbury, Connecticut. She had an altercation with a group of female campers during the morning of July 16, 1952 and her nose was bloodied from the incident. Smith told her tent mates that she was skipping breakfast that morning and was walking to the camp dispensary, where she planned to drop off an ice pack she used the previous evening when she fell out of her tent and bruised her hip. Smith never went to the dispensary; instead, she walked away from the camp and down Indian Mountain Road.
Smith was seen picking daisies along the roadside and asked several people how she could get to Lakeville, Connecticut, about half a mile from Camp Sloane. She was apparently homesick and with only one week left of her stay at Camp Sloane, she decided to leave the premises. Smith was last seen walking on US Route 44 in Salisbury later in the day. She had her thumb out and was apparently attempting to hitchhike, perhaps to Lakeville. Smith was never heard from again.
Camp counselors discovered Smith was missing in the afternoon hours when they found the ice pack she said she planned to return to the dispensary still inside her tent. An extensive search did not produce any clues as to her whereabouts. There have been many suspects in Smith's disappearance throughout the years, but no one has been charged in her case. One theory is that she attempted to run away from camp and go to one of her parents, who were divorced when she disappeared. Neither of her parents saw or heard from her after her disappearance, however.
One of the possible suspects is William Henry Redmond, a former carnival worker who was charged with murdering an eight-year-old girl in 1951, one year prior to Smith's disappearance. Redmond allegedly told another prison inmate in the 1980's that he killed four people during his lifetime. He was eventually sent back to his home state of Nebraska when it was determined that he was too ill to stand trial for the 1951 murder. He died in 1992. Authorities have been unable to determine if Redmond was in the Connecticut area in 1952 at the time of Smith's disappearance and he passed a polygraph test concerning her case. He is still considered a possible suspect in the 1951 disappearance of Beverly Potts from Ohio.Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Connecticut State Police
Sailsbury Resident State Troopers Office
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