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    Anna Christian Waters (5) - San Mateo County CA, 1973

    Missing Since: January 16, 1973 from San Mateo County, California
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: September 25, 1967
    Age: 5 years old
    Height and Weight: 3'8, 40 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Waters has a mole on her cheek. She has facial dimples. Her first name is pronounced with a broad A, as in "swan."
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue and white striped t-shirt, blue trousers or Levi's jeans, and oversized black rubber boots.

    Details of Disappearance

    Anna was last seen playing in the backyard of her family's home on Purissima Creek Road in rural San Mateo County, California on January 16, 1973. She had arrived home from her kindergarten class at Alvin Hatch Elementary School at 1:00 p.m., changed her clothes and went outside to play. Her mother and stepfather were both at home and inside the house. At 2:20 p.m., Anna's mother noticed she was no longer in the yard. The police were informed at 3:00 p.m. after her mother's search proved to be in vain. The authorities sounded a siren in the neighborhood with the hopes of attracting Anna by the noise, but she has never been heard from again.

    A creek ran through the Waters family's property and was in the flooding stage in January 1973. However, an extensive search of the creek turned up no sign of Anna. Purissima Creek Road is not a major thoroughfare and few cars travel on it. A friend of the Waters family reported he saw two men, one of them much younger than the other, in a white panel truck on the road just minutes before Anna vanished, but the men have never been identified and it is unclear whether they were involved in her disappearance.

    Anna's younger half-brother later remembered that, about a month before Anna went missing, a man and a woman tried to lure her into their vehicle on the road near her home, in the presence of both of Anna's half-brothers. He described the car as a 1960s model Chevrolet Impala with Washington license plates. The woman had long dark hair and wore a loose-fitting white shirt with embroidery. Anna's brother could not describe the man. Anna refused to get into the vehicle and the couple drove away. The couple and their car have never been identified and it has not been proven that they were involved in Anna's disappearance.

    Anna's family believes her biological father, George Henry Waters, was involved in her disappearance. George began behaving eratically after Anna's birth and was eventually diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. His family refused to have him committed to a mental hospital, however, as this would cause him to lose his license to practice medicine. George had a relationship with another, older man who called himself "George Brody." Anna's family believes this name was an alias. They describe Brody as a manipulative man who exercised a "cult of personality" over Anna's father, which lead to his divorce from Anna's mother. George moved into a cheap hotel in San Francisco, California with Brody after the divorce, although, as a practicing physician from a wealthy family, he could have afforded better lodgings. He supported Brody financially and reportedly did not make any decisions without consulting Brody. Brody was interested in Anna, believing her to be the reincarnation of a woman he had lived with. He made Anna's mother legally change her daughter's name, adding the word "Eifee" as Anna's middle name. The word apparently has no meaning; Brody merely wanted the letters added to Anna's name so her name would "numerologically" add up to his own name.

    George never contacted his ex-wife after Anna's disappearance to offer condolences or ask for updates on the case. His only known reaction to his daughter's abduction was to ask his attorney if his child support payments could be discontinued. Brody died of cancer in December 1981. His death certificate showed no birthdate, no known relatives and no Social Security number. After Brody's death, George destroyed most of the papers relating to himself, Brody and Anna, except those that were stored in a safe deposit box. Approximately two weeks after Brody died, George committed suicide by drinking poison in his hotel room. His exact date of death is unknown, as his body was not discovered for about a week.

    Anna's mother and stepfather believe she was abducted by Brody and her father, whom they think were the old man and young man seen on the road shortly before Anna disappeared. George was in his thirties when Anna went missing, and Brody is believed to have been in his seventies. Her family reported their suspicions to law enforcement. Police investigated George and Brody for evidence of involvement in Anna's disappearance and could find none; neither could a private investigator. Anna's parents continue to promote their theory, however; they believe she is still alive and may not know she is a missing child.

    Anna was born in San Francisco, California and traveled around the country with her family prior to her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Mateo County Sheriff's Office


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