Hey all! Got derailed by life for a few months but haven’t forgotten about Ann.
There’s a 3rd option, which is that no LE agreed to take ownership of the case. That could be because of 1 and/or 2, or simply due to the jurisdictional issues. Tucson? El Paso? Amarillo? Plainview? Etc.
This is the most compelling reason to think she’s still missing - the fact that she apparently never had one issued. It became a requirement for jobs, credit, marriage, etc by the 1970s. Today, they issue them very near birth, but as an example, I didn’t get mine until 1986 (first job).
I guess she could’ve married well, or I dunno, joined a convent.
For the FBI, back when I was trying to find literally every scrap of information, my thought was simply to file a FOIA request for anything they might have. That said, my understanding of the Bulletins is that they posted requests from local LE, and an appearance in one doesn’t mean the FBI was involved otherwise.
Someone mentioned looking for a cancellation notice upthread, which is a great idea. I was never able find a set of the Bulletins (online) that included the missing person inserts after that one - the one where she appears was just luck.
This touches on some of weird dangling mysteries of this case.
She doesn’t appear in any University of Arizona yearbooks.
She also doesn’t appear in any of the published sorority rushes for either Fall semester 1955 or Winter/Spring 1956, which were held in February. ( For you non-USians, a sorority rush is where you visit the various sororities on campus and they vote you in (or not) for membership.)
Last fall, my morbid mind formulated the theory that, based on a published statement from her father about her being somewhat out of sorts before she left, the truck drivers’ comments about her state of mind, AND - a sheltered girl, from an all-girls boarding school, is suddenly on a coed campus. She was a beautiful young woman.
Theory was: she met her first boyfriend and got ‘in trouble.’ The trip to Texas was to get an abortion. Maybe she died during the procedure, etc.
2nd theory: there was a lot of hitchhiking going on. 2+2 =
But still, these days, I learn more towards
It is odd how her immediate family doesn’t mention her in their obits, but this is one of the reasons I think they eventually found her or found out what happened to her:
Her father gave a pretty long interview in the early 1970s about his ham radio hobby, and never brought up his missing daughter.
There are definitely lots of dangling, tantalizing threads to pull on here, but having gone through the whole range of deep dives, theorizing, etc, today I kinda lean towards the idea that whatever happened, the family knew.
(Which isn’t to say I don’t still spend time digging on this case, because I do.