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    UK - Emma Alice Smith, 16, Sussex England, 1926

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this story, so please move if necessary:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7867412.stm
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    There is another article about Emma Alice - even containing a photo.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-relative.html

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    This is a fascinating story.
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    Very interesting. It is nice to see such an old cold case being looked at again.

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    The oldest missing person case ever being resolved?

    Reading about the UK-girl, whose disappearance is investigated after 83 years

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79152

    this question came to my mind. Did you ever hear/read about a missing person case that was resolved after more than 20 or 30 years?

    I know there is the story of the princes in the tower, whose alleged remains were found about 200 years after they vanished. But this case is very murky and obscure. (The remains were found exactly at the place their alleged killer said they were. So why not unearth them much earlier?). So without a DNA-testing I donít believe that the skeletons really belonged to the boys.

    So did you ever hear about a case were a body was found and identified after letís say half a century?

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    thanks Mischa!

    Yes, very fascinating, indeed...and it is good to see it re-opened & it just goes to show you that there is always hope!
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    This is indeed a very interesting case....sadly the more things change the more things stay the same, as the old saying goes.


    But it's great that the case has been re-opened. I wonder if they searched the nearby pond for any bones. Would bones even still be there at this point?

    You have to give it to those who continue to bring the case to the attention of others, just because it happened so long ago doesn't make it any less important. She's still a lost soul waiting to be found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shannon2008 View Post
    This is indeed a very interesting case....sadly the more things change the more things stay the same, as the old saying goes.


    But it's great that the case has been re-opened. I wonder if they searched the nearby pond for any bones. Would bones even still be there at this point?

    You have to give it to those who continue to bring the case to the attention of others, just because it happened so long ago doesn't make it any less important. She's still a lost soul waiting to be found.
    Hi, Shannon--yeah, it is great! According to the Mail article, a lot of ponds around the area would have dried up long ago, but they do have ways of detecting if human remains are under water, so I reckon that's what they'll be doing with any ponds that still exist.

    It is amazing...and all thanks to a series of coincidences & amateur dramatics
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    Thank you for sharing! The former journalist in me loves hearing these kinds of stories...

    I hope Emma's spirit finds peace one day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mischa View Post
    Reading about the UK-girl, whose disappearance is investigated after 83 years
    I wonder if any human remains would subsist after almost a century in a pond? Don't bones become waterlogged and wither away into silt? Her bicycle may still be recognizable though, steel fares pretty well in freshwater.

    So did you ever hear about a case were a body was found and identified after letís say half a century?
    Well there's the obvious case of George Mallory but what had happened to him was not considered a mystery even though it took 75 years before his body was found and positively identified.

    I do not personally know of such cases but like most other people I know of a few unidentified old skeletons that have been found locally over the years. Foul play is not always suspected though.

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7870771.stm

    Why investigate a crime from 1926?

    WHO, WHAT, WHY?
    The Magazine answers...



    Emma Smith (middle row, far left) who disappeared in 1926
    Police have reopened the case of a teenage girl who disappeared over 80 years ago. But assuming everybody involved is dead, what is the point?
    Emma Alice Smith was last seen cycling from her home in Waldron, east Sussex, to the local train station in 1926. Despite a police investigation at the time, her body was never found.

    The case has been reopened after her great-nephew came to police saying that a dying man had confessed to murdering Emma and dumping her body in a local pond.

    But with eight decades having passed, no-one concerned is still alive. So why are police investigating it now?

    The police do not have any statutory obligation to follow up any cases that go back this far. But there are three key reasons why they may decide to do so. THE ANSWER
    Request from family
    Symbolic that murder investigations are never closed
    It's, administratively, a successful case

    The police are allowed to respond to the plea from the girl's descendants.

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    http://www.bearsdenherald.co.uk/news...osed_1_1722745

    Historic 'murder' case closed

    Published on Friday 8 July 2011 05:35


    Now police have said that Emma was not murdered but eloped with an older man, roadworker Thomas Wells, possibly to southern Ireland, after he left his wife and four children

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    Just about to post this, what a fascinating story.
    Kudos to East Sussex Police

    I would love to know more, how are they certain she eloped? Did they trace any of her descendents? But I am just terribly nosey
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    Me too badhorsie! I would love to know the details. How her life turned out with him and if they themselves had any children! (i'm nosey too!)

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