MN MN - Belinda VanLith, 17, Little Eagle Lake, 15 June 1974

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Timothy Joseph Crosby does seem like a likely suspect and one investigated by law enforcement in recent years. Evidently he was staying in a cabin close to where Belinda was last known to be prior to her disappearance.

    LINK:

    Two cold cases, a single suspect – Twin Cities
     


  2. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Martha Jean Lambert - Missing since 1985

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    Hopefully Belinda’s body can be found.
     
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    Mysteries1974 Martha Jean Lambert - Missing since 1985

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    briervalleyboy New Member

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    Gloria Freida Rieken does resemble her looks and "type", but then again, so does
    Kathy Beatty another considered victim of the criminal - Lloyd Welch who assaulted a MN girl in 1974. MOO
     
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    briervalleyboy New Member

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    Hello Richard, thanks for the update. I have just read this thread and it
    made me think if anyone knows much about B.V.’s neighbor she was babysitting for.
    The neighbor who was out of town for his song recording, and needed B.V. to babysit, who returned to his house find Belinda’s purse left behind and a missing babysitter. This neighbor was apparently married more than once, had many children, ex-wives, extended family and divorced once more after Belinda’s disappearance. He must have been ruled out?

    So if a DNA/saliva samples were taken from Crosby, what was the outcome as far as a match to the prostitute’s (Morris) case? Wouldn’t there have been an indictment if there was a match? So many of these pedophiles play the “lawyer card” and are untouchable, it is disheartening.
     
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    briervalleyboy New Member

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    duplicate
     
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  8. alb1on

    alb1on Well-Known Member

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    The 2009 investigation into Crosby was a result of the Morris case, as seen in Richard's post #6. In my post #17 the link provided (to the court record of Crosby's appeal against commitment) specifies that Crosby was eliminated from the case under investigation (presumably Morris unless there were two simultaneous cases under investigation) as a result of the DNA sample.
     
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    briervalleyboy New Member

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    I don’t want to develop the tendency to focus exclusively on a single culprit,
    but wish to examine ALL myriad possibilities of someone else being the sole perpetrator.
    Thank you for your attention to details and your specific research. I shall try
    to read the existing content (post #17) more carefully from now on before posting.
     
  10. Mysteries1974

    Mysteries1974 Martha Jean Lambert - Missing since 1985

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    I think Glorida Riekens case is connected to this case. Lloyd lee Welch could be another suspect. He was convicted in the 1975 killings of two Maryland sisters a year ago who were blonde like Belinda and Gloria.
     
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    alb1on Well-Known Member

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    I was not suggesting you should have been aware of the finding regarding Crosby, only answering the question you asked. No one can read all the material and the reference to the dna finding is buried in a fairly lengthy legal report! I do agree that the case against Crosby is circumstantial.
     
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    The guy Belinda was housesitting for was ruled out. She lived near his house so they assumed she had left for the day to swim & that she would come back. It wasn't until the following day when no one had heard/seen her that they filed a report. Also, Belinda was meant to watch the house & tend to the chickens he kept. She was there alone for a week and was last heard from a friend Saturday the 15th at 8-9am.

    Tim Crosby was the last person to be confirmed to see Belinda alive on the day of her disappearance. He was staying next door alone.
     
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    Mysteries1974 Martha Jean Lambert - Missing since 1985

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    I still wonder if Tim was responsible for the 1970 death of Gloria Rieken but I’m unsure. He was only 15 when it happened.
     
  14. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Missing for 45 years...

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    Name: Belinda VanLith
    Case Classification: Endangered Missing
    Missing Since: June 15, 1974
    Location Last Seen: Little Eagle Lake, Wright County, Minnesota

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: May 20, 1957
    Age: 17 yrs old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'5'
    Weight: 110 lbs
    Hair Color: Blonde/Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Nickname/Alias: N/A
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: None

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Available
    Fingerprints: Not Available
    DNA: Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Belinda VanLith was last seen house-sitting for a neighbor around 8 a.m. on June 15, 1974. She then disappeared from the property located on Little Eagle Lake, in Wright County, MN. Little Eagle Lake is located east of Eagle Lake in Silver Creek Township, northeast of Maple Lake. Belinda's family expected her to be home in order to attend her sister's graduation party.

    Belinda is described as a normal teen, who enjoyed gardening, had plenty of friends, and did a lot of babysitting. Foul play is suspected.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Wright County Sheriff's Office
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Jake Hermansen #351
    Agency Phone Number: 763-684-4530
    Agency E-Mail: jake.hermansen@co.wright.mn.us
    Agency Case Number: 14558
    NCIC Case Number: M957207907
    NamUs Case Number: 4664

    Information Source(s)

    NamUs
    Nampn
    Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
    2665DFMN - Belinda VanLith
    Belinda Kay VanLith – The Charley Project
     
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    I’ve been thinking a lot about her this week... she’ll be finally laid to rest properly this Friday. Nearly 50yrs after her disappearance... Rest In Peace beautiful.
     
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    Mysteries1974 Martha Jean Lambert - Missing since 1985

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    Is it known how she died?
     

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