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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    65 years and six days after Joan Gay Croft disappeared in the aftermath of the deadly tornado, another tornado - initial reports call it "massive" - struck Woodward OK this morning just after midnight. Four are confirmed dead, including two children, at this hour. Daylight may bring the discovery of more victims.
    Thanks for this post; I have family in the southern part of Woodward. I haven't heard from any family members yet so I hope that is a good thing. The thing I don't miss about home is the tornados.

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    April 15, 2012
    Tornado rips through Woodward

    At least 5 fatalities from storm


    http://woodwardnews.net/local/x21082...-hits-Woodward

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    Another interesting article on this case, with the author saying he had emails sent in 1999 from someone claiming to be Joan...

    http://newsok.com/where-is-mystery-w...rticle/3666941

    Where is mystery woman connected to 1947 Woodward tornado?
    Former community editor recalls mystery woman connected to 1947 Woodward tornado.

    BY ROBERT E. LEE | Published: April 16, 2012 Comment on this article 0

    Did a 69-year-old Oklahoma City woman born Joan Gay Croft watch the TV reports on Saturday night's Woodward tornado and recall that city's previous devastating tornado of April 9, 1947?

    It's possible since a 4-year-old Joan Gay Croft survived that 1947 twister that killed 185 Woodward residents and demolished a vast majority of the city.

    The twister had hit the Croft home, killing Joan Gay's mother, Cleta, a telephone operator. Her father, Olin, was critically injured and was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to begin weeks of recovery. Joan Gay and her 8-year-old sister, Geri, were taken to the small Woodward Hospital where a pencil-size wooden splinter was removed from Joan Gay's leg. The two were assigned to cots in the hospital's basement, which was being used as a sleeping area.

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    I know that some have suggested that Joan couldn't have been taken to be a child for a childless couple as it was two men that abducted her and stealing a very young child to raise as your own was usually done by women... but why couldn't a woman have hired these men? Men "rescue workers" would raise less suspicion than a strange woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natasha (Tash) Simp View Post
    I know that some have suggested that Joan couldn't have been taken to be a child for a childless couple as it was two men that abducted her and stealing a very young child to raise as your own was usually done by women... but why couldn't a woman have hired these men? Men "rescue workers" would raise less suspicion than a strange woman.
    I thought the same thing. A woman hires men who are skilled at kidnapping kids to give to childless women. These men find out about the tornado and decide to visit the hospital for seemingly orphaned kids or kids who injuries rendered them "out of it", so to speak.

    I believe Joan lived to adulthood. If she has passed, it's as an adult of natural causes. Those men DID NOT kill her.

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    the croft case on Unsolved Mysteries wiki season 6 1993
    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Joan_Gay_Croft

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    Joan was also abducted at age four... most people don't have clear memories until age 5 or 6 - if she was placed with a childless couple, she might have grown up not remembering her real family.

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    I did a Google search of her name and got some weird results. There is a blog post that says, "The begins of my story." The author is Joan Gaye Croft. There is a Facebook page for Joan Gaye Croft from Woodward Oklahoma living in Oklahoma City. There is a non-profit registered in Oklahoma City to a Joan Gaye Croft. Either a relative was given the same name, someone has a sick sense of humor, Joan Gaye really is alive like the letter to the editor suggested or it is a very odd concincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet_72 View Post
    I did a Google search of her name and got some weird results. There is a blog post that says, "The begins of my story." The author is Joan Gaye Croft. There is a Facebook page for Joan Gaye Croft from Woodward Oklahoma living in Oklahoma City. There is a non-profit registered in Oklahoma City to a Joan Gaye Croft. Either a relative was given the same name, someone has a sick sense of humor, Joan Gaye really is alive like the letter to the editor suggested or it is a very odd concincidence.
    But the missing girl's name was Joan Gay Croft. The Facebook page spells it as Gaye.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina_M View Post
    <snipped>

    Parks acknowledges the tragedy and vents her grief by decorating the graves of the three unidentified girls that Stecher buried.

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    Also, Steve Huff has a blog about it. There are some interesting posts in the comments section - one person who believes she may be Joan, and one who believes Joan was her former roommate:

    http://www.stevenhuff.net/archives/21
    Where is information on the other three girls? I see a few mentions here but no links. Also, does anyone remember the content of the comments on Steven Huff's blog? The link is inactive now.

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    Is it possible that someone who worked in the hospital abducted (or killed) her, and then made up the story about two men taking her away?

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    That's a good question, I had never thought of that. The sister saw 2 men in khaki work clothes come to take Joan and she thought they might be medical workers. But Joan was never seen again. Maybe they really were medical workers and made some type of mistake when treating her that caused her to die? Like administering the wrong medication or too much? I wonder if the men carried her out on a stretcher. It wouldn't take 2 men to carry a small girl away but if they were medical workers that would explain why they were dressed alike and why nobody asked them why they were carrying Joan out. Then again, a lot of people wear khaki work clothes, maybe 2 men in some kind of construction trade came and abducted her. You don't often see 2 people working together to abduct a child but if they had a mutual reason for doing so they might. A common interest (they could have both been pedophiles) or maybe they were related to each other and one of them had lost a child and so they abducted her for one of them and his wife to raise.

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    Here's another question. In one website article I found that the men specifically asked for Joan. Her mother was killed in the tornado and her stepfather seriously wounded. Do we know where her real father was? Was he still alive? Maybe the men were from his side of the family. Did she and her sister have the same father?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamaia View Post
    Where is information on the other three girls? I see a few mentions here but no links. Also, does anyone remember the content of the comments on Steven Huff's blog? The link is inactive now.
    No parents or relatives were ever found for three girls age, 8 months, 4 years and 12 years who were killed by the twister. A Woodward funeral director speculated the girls were the children of destitute, transient parents caught up in the storm, who could not afford the cost of three funerals, and who simply left the bodies for the county to pay for the burials.

    An exhaustive search of families and schools in the county did not turn up any relatives...

    It is not known if the girls were sisters or related in some other way...

    The three girls were buried in Woodward’s Elmgrove Cemetery. Their identities are still a mystery.
    http://www.enidnews.com/opinion/afte...4e2d71ea9.html

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