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    NC - Leila Bryan, 36, & Mary Rachel Bryan, 4, Carolina Beach, 10 May 1941

    New technology in old cold cases...how awesome!! Innocent blood cries out forever!!


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    Do you have a link?


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    NC-Missing persons case reopened after 67 years. Missing since 1941

    By David Reynolds
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    Published: Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 10:11 p.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 10:20 p.m.

    State investigators returned to Carolina Beach on Thursday, 67 years after a mother and her young daughter disappeared.

    They brought with them ground-penetrating radar modern technology they hope will finally solve a case that stumped the agency in 1941.

    After Leila Bryan, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel disappeared on May 10, 1941, agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement officials tracked leads from New York to Florida looking for them, according to old newspaper articles.

    On Thursday, Carolina Beach Police Chief William Younginer said the SBI reopened the case recently after a relative of the missing mother and child saw the new radar technology used on a police television show.

    Full article here.

    Pdf document with old newspaper clippings and photos here.


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    Thanks, just got it on google alerts too.


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    I am not clear, was her car ever found?






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    Nope, the car was never found. Apparently the concrete was being poured the same day as the disappearance.

    http://news14.com/content/top_storie...y/Default.aspx

    Ground penetrating radar shows 3 voids, so they are going to dig. Guess we'll hear eventually whether they find anything.


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    Good, it is nice to know that even after all this time someone is looking and caring.






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    Here is a link to an article called The Incredible Disappearance by Pat Clausen. There are also old newspaper articles. It's in PDF format.

    http://www.ncgenweb.us/bladen/vrecor...ryan/lelia.pdf
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    This is a fascinating story. Hope the search will be successful.


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    There is another thread for this on the Cold Case forum. Maybe the threads could be merged?

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75004
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    Another new article.

    Maybe Answers Can Help Family Heal

    Sorrow can endure for generations. For almost seven decades, Lewis Smith of Elizabethtown has longed to know what happened to his aunt and cousin. Leila Lewis Bryan, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter, Mary Rachel, disappeared from Carolina Beach on the evening of May 10, 1941.

    This week, Smith's wait may end.

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    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/196/story/360492.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryBeth View Post
    Here is a link to an article called The Incredible Disappearance by Pat Clausen. There are also old newspaper articles. It's in PDF format.

    http://www.ncgenweb.us/bladen/vrecor...ryan/lelia.pdf

    Thank you for posting the link. I haven't read it all yet because I keep getting distracted by all the WWII reports which I find pretty interesting.

    Does anyone know who made all the corrections and notations throughout the story?
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    okay - so what I gather is a lot of this is contingent on what Edis says. He said they left at 9pm but there is no proof of that. If the story is accurate - his reaction seems geniune.

    The purchase of the mercury at the drugstore is pretty bizarre.

    I cannot find this listed on Charley Project or Doe Network.
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    gaia - I wondered who made the marks through the PDF file too. It's interesting to see all the old news articles and the stuff from Lelia's high school yearbook.

    From what I gather just about everyone in Lelia Bryan's family suspects Edis. The fact that he was laying concrete at the same time is a little too coincidental for me.

    Lelia and Mary Rachel were just put on Charley Project November 16. They're in the updates section. I can't find them on Doe though either.

    I sure hope they can find something from the scan. This case is a perfect example of how a disappearance like this is never forgotten and even people born into the family afterwards can be deeply affected by it.
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