OH OH - Linda Britton, 18, Cambridge, 11 June 1963

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  1. MadMcGoo

    MadMcGoo Well-Known Member

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    That’s the name I found for her mother so looks like she isn’t ‘missing’ anymore. I couldn’t find anything about her disappearance other than the one article. I wonder if the two girls knew each other...
     
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    I'm a bit confused by this. Carol was reported missing in the '60's, yet in her father's obituary she is listed as "surviving" in 1997. Just to clear it up for me, is that wishful thinking on the families part or had there been an update on her whereabouts and well-being?
     
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    StarrChance Well-Known Member

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    I can’t find a official update. I have a public cart subscription that ties in information that she is alive in Florida.
    There are some other findings on newspapers online, just need to be sure I’m on the write track there so will hopefully post tomorrow.
     
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    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Linda Kay Britton
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    Britton, circa 1963
    • Missing Since 06/11/1963
    • Missing From Cambridge, Ohio
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Sex Female
    • Race White
    • Date of Birth 11/21/1944 (75)
    • Age 18 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'1, 98 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white hooded jacket and bright orange pants.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Britton wears pink-framed eyeglasses.
    Details of Disappearance
    Britton was last seen in Cambridge, Ohio on June 11, 1963. She left home to mail a letter has never been heard from again. Authorities believe she may have been taken against her will. Few details are available in her case.
    Investigating Agency
    • Cambridge Police Department 740-439-4431
    Source Information
     
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  5. Elainera

    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    bbm

    So she was last seen 2 hours after she left her home to mail the letter. I wonder where, and by whom? Was it at the friend's house she had planned to visit, or elsewhere? Her mother stated that she didn't like to be out on the streets at night, so where was she seen at 10.30 pm? Odd that this was apparently never elaborated on.
     
  6. MadMcGoo

    MadMcGoo Well-Known Member

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    Yes! This. And who mails a letter at 8:30 p.m.?? One so important that she’d uncharacteristically take a walk in the dark to put in the mail none the less. That raises several good questions now that you mention it...
     
  7. JSolt1210

    JSolt1210 Well-Known Member

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    BBM.

    Wow, good catch! I was so fixed on which date was correct, that I totally missed the time.

    You're so right, though. It makes no sense to mail a letter at that late hour. The post office wouldn't process it until the next day anyway, so couldn't it wait just 12 more hours? Even though her boyfriend actually did receive the letter, I get the feeling it was an excuse to be outside for something else. But then again, would Linda really expect her parents to buy that excuse?

    Also, according to the article quoted above: "Mrs. Britton told police that Linda had planned to mail the letter, then return home to pick up some clothes before going to spend the night with a friend in Cambridge."

    This doesn't make sense to me either. Why not simply mail the letter on the way to her friend's house?

    Do we know if she actually went to a post office branch, or if she just used one of those street corner mailboxes? The closest branch I found is about a 20-minute walk from her house. And I was able to verify that this branch had been there since 1914.

    Regarding how dark it was, sunset on June 11, 1963 in Cambridge was almost at 9pm, with darkness setting in by around 10pm, so she still might've been comfortable being out of the house then since there was still light.
     
  8. Elainera

    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    So according to her mom the last time they saw her was when she left at 8.30 pm to allegedly mail a letter which means she never came back to get the clothes. Did she change her mind and went to the friend without the extra clothes? Is that where she was last seen at 10.30 pm? Surely the friend was questioned by LE?
     
  9. MadMcGoo

    MadMcGoo Well-Known Member

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    Hmm. I sure wish we knew for sure what happened to Carol/Carole. Now I’m thinking back to my initial question - did they know one another? o_O
     
  10. MadMcGoo

    MadMcGoo Well-Known Member

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    Missing - Please Find Us

    There are some comments on “Missing - Please Find Us” page... seems like there are people who still remember Linda’s “probable kidnapping”.

    I’m still searching for more about either of the girls o_O
     
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    From Carole fathers obituary it seems pretty clear she was found to me, otherwise they wouldn’t have called her Carole Barlow Howell, just Carole Barlow?
    I have also found a son of hers obituary among other references to her. After many rabbit holes I’m quite confident it’s her. Seems she married a Robert Calvey (the children’s mother maiden name Barlow) then marriage to a John Howell.
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  12. MadMcGoo

    MadMcGoo Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!

    So it’s probably safe to assume the two disappearances were not related. The comments on the FB post regarding Linda (the last one I posted up thread) alluded to her disappearance causing a lot of fear among members of the community. One of the girls mentions that she had spent the night at “Karen’s” house and remembers the police coming by the morning after Linda was last seen to tell them...

    “I remember the night she disappeared. The police came to Karen's house the next morning and told us. I had spent the night at Karen's. It broke my heart.”


    Maybe “Karen” was the friend that Linda was supposed to be staying that night with??
     
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  13. Elainera

    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    I find it a bit odd to be "heartbroken" over a friend's disappearance just mere hours ago? Not that I want to criticise this person's feelings, I just find it an odd choice of words. "Concerned" or "worried" I would totally get but "It broke my heart" seems too soon somehow? These were young women, it was the 1960s, Linda could've spent the night with a boyfriend. I think that's what I would assume if a friend of mine didn't turn up to a girls slumber party. I can't help but wonder whether this girl had a good idea what happened to Linda, and it wasn't good.

    Moo. Jmo.
     
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  14. MadMcGoo

    MadMcGoo Well-Known Member

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    It is a bit odd. The other comments make it seem like they (the residents) either knew more than what we do now or suspected something nefarious. IMO.

    -“Always wondered what happened to her. So hard for her family. I think about her whenever I pass her house. A mystery for sure”
    -“I will never forget that scary time either. I often wonder if they reopened the case......”
    -“I remember her disappearance very well! It still frightens me!”
    -“I remember. It was a very scary time”
    -“I remember - - just couldn’t believe this happened in our small community.”
    -“I remember it well. Still haunts me.”
    -“Wow. Cambridge was such a small community then. Have they reopened the case?”
    -“Will never forgot!”


    And this post was made in 2016 (comments as recent as 38 weeks ago) - it must have been really frightening for them to still feel that way today. And you’re right about being “heartbroken”. Unless she was told something other than “your friend is missing” it does seem a little premature to be heartbroken (JMO) which makes me wonder why the police would even be going to a friends house to tell them that. Maybe just asking if they had seen her? But I think something more along the lines of what you said is probable. They had a good idea of what may have happened.

    If I had to guess, there’s more to this story. (Even if only small town rumor and speculation ... there’s usually some truth there, IMO)
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019

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