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MN MN - Florence Hector, 72, Duluth, 10 May 1976

Discussion in '1970's Missing' started by CarlK90245, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    NamUs has a "No-Photo" casefile for a 72 year old retired High School teacher named Florence Hector, who went missing from Duluth MN on May 10, 1976.

    The Circumstances section in in her NamUs file are as follows:


    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/12975/1

    I couldn't find any photos of her from the time of her disappearance, but I found her photo in the 1953 East Duluth High School yearbook.

    This photo was taken 23 years prior to her disappearance, but one can imagine how she might look with 23 years added to her age. (i.e., a few more wrinkles, whiter hair, and probably wore glasses)

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  3. alllads

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    I've found her in the 1960 yearbook as well. The next available on Classmates is 1968, by which point she seems to have retired. I'm going to forward both pictures to Duluth Police in the hope that they put them on NamUs...

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    Also, have found some very interesting details about the case her, from 1981: http://openjurist.org/656/f2d/378/united-states-v-moore

    "At the time of sentencing, authorities considered Moore the principal suspect in the disappearance of Ms. Florence Hector, an elderly, retired schoolteacher from whom Moore had embezzled about $60,000. Moore now contends that the sentencing judge unconstitutionally enhanced the sentence by considering Moore responsible for Ms. Hector's disappearance and possible murder. As evidence, he cites to the plea proceeding in which the court discussed Moore's possible conviction for Ms. Hector's murder."


    Here's a 1977 article mentioning Moore, as well as Florence Hector: http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=11284367

    She was educated at Lawrence College University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, and University of Minnesota. In 1960, she listed her hobbies as music and reading. She seems to be originally from Duluth, and in 1921 graduated from Duluth Central High School. Here she is as a high school senior:

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    She was very popular at Lawrence College, was at one point voted "best loved girl", was an attendant to the "Queen of May" at a ball, and so on.

    Also, she had a number of siblings, including some younger, so if remains with DNA are found it should theoretically be possible to find someone to take a sample from...
     
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    None of the Jane Does in Minnesota are even remotely possible matches, they're all at least 30 years too young. I've been staring at a map of Minnesota and it seems quite possible that her remains may never be found at all - Duluth is on Lake Superior, so there's that. Between Duluth and Minneapolis there are municipal forests, multiple state parks, state forests, just plain forests, and several lakes.
     

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