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    IL - Sarah Avon, 6, Joliet, 21 July 1981

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    Left and center: Avon, circa 1981; Right: Age-progression to 25 years old (circa 2000)

    Sarah Elizabeth Avon
    Missing since July 21, 1981 from Joliet, Will County, Illinois.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction



    Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: January 6, 1975
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 6 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 45 pounds
    <LI>Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark blonde/brown hair; brown/green eyes



    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Avon was reported as missing from her family's home in Joliet, Illinois around 9:00 PM on July 21, 1981. Sarah and her sister, younger by a year, joined their friends where Richards Street ends. Sarah walked away after disagreeing with a young companion. She never returned home. She has never been seen since and there are few clues as to her whereabouts. In 1993, a stranger told police that his mentally-deranged nephew, a young boy at the time, may have killed Sarah. And that the nephew's father, who had since died, may have disposed of the body to protect the boy. The cops dug up a vacant lot where Sarah's babysitter had once lived, but nothing was found.



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    If you have any information about this case, please contact:
    Will County Sheriff's Office
    St. David Van Dyke
    815-727-8574

    You may remain anonymous if you wish.

    NCIC Number:
    M-627554170
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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    David R. Collins...

    In 1985 David R. Collins, a pedophile with a long criminal record, who used many aliases, was charged with kidnapping one teenager in California and sexually abusing several others in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Police found 25 photos of young girls in Collins' apartment and published them in a newspaper in hopes that the public could identify the people in them. One picture in his apartment was thought to be of Sarah Avon, a six-year-old who vanished from Illinois in 1981, but that possibility was ruled out.

    At this time, Collins is not believed to have been involved in Sarah's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Bumping for any updates....
    The above post is as always MY OPINION ONLY!

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    Sarah's NCMEC poster has an age progression photo to age 38.
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    Bumping - 36 years tomorrow.

    It looks like Richards St intersects with I-80 - meaning that if she was abducted they could have hit the highway and gotten far quickly.
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    Fixing original link:

    http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/600166/1



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    I hope that Sarah's family will get some answers in 2018. x

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    This would be your worst nightmare, wouldn't it? Just gone. I have survived the death of a child, but we buried her and were able to move on. I really cannot imagine the pain of having your child just disappear at the hands of another and forever wondering what happened to her and what she endured.

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    I'm so sorry to hear that you have been through that Jennifer.

    You are so right. After the death of a loved one, its so important to be able to give them a proper funeral and have a place to be able to grieve them properly. In these circumstances, the family can't even do that.

    Its just the cruellest thing imaginable.

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    I escaped a stranger abduction attempt in Wisconsin circa 1984. I keep wondering if there's something in my experience that could help provide info to help solve other unsolved cases. I was born in 1978, so I was about 6 years old in 1984. Not only does this case involve a missing person of roughly the same age as I was when I escaped my would-be abductor.... but I was struck by the message about how one of the suspects was not from the area. There was something that my attempted abductor said that makes me certain that he was NOT from the area, and was likely from somewhere in the southern US. Richard's comment above, about a suspect with suspected victims in California or Louisiana peaked my interest.
    I'm happy to provide more info if it's helpful to anyone. I don't have a TON of info to share... but I do have a clear mental picture of the guy and his car, and the words he used that were not at all common to the area where I was almost abducted, as well as a fairly close estimate of the exact date.




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