SD SD - Ella Beth Lodermeier, 25, Sioux Falls, 6 March 1974

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: March 6, 1974 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth: November 26, 1948
    • Age: 25 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'1, 105 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Lodermeier goes by her middle name, Beth.
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue sweatshirt and blue jeans.

    Details of Disappearance
    Lodermeier was last seen at her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 6, 1974. She was estranged from her husband at the time, and it was her co-workers who told him they couldn't find her. Her husband went to her residence and found a loaf of bread rising in the kitchen, flour spilled on the floor, and a fresh pizza with one piece missing. Her car was parked in the driveway and nothing was missing from the house except Lodermeier's coat and purse. She has never been heard from again. In 1992, eighteen years after Lodermeier's disappearance, her purse, wallet and checkbook were found on the banks of the Big Sioux east of Sioux Falls. Few details are available in her case, but foul play is suspected.


    Sioux Falls Police Continue 42-Year-Old Cold Case Investigation

    Cold case: Woman vanished 42 years ago

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    This seems to be a clear case of murder by husband. Gene Lodermeier seems to have been well known as a local criminal. Much of interest about his criminal career can be found at;
    http://sd.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19920226_0002.SD.htm/qx and
    http://openjurist.org/9/f3d/114/lodermeier-v-city-of-sioux-falls
    The former is a case report of his conviction and appeal for theft charges and others in 87/88. The latter is a report on his attempt to file against the various parties involved in his case for conspiracy. He was sentenced to 45 years and his conspiracy case was dismissed as fantasy. The reports include (inter alia);
    * reference to his past criminal record
    * reference to the belief he killed his wife (he cited it as a factor in judicial prejudice)
    * reference to his attempts to 'fix' his original trial by intimidating witnesses
    * reference to him being a prime suspect for the pipe bombing of a Sioux Falls police officer.
    Husband Lodermeier was clearly not a person to be crossed and it is blindingly obvious that LE believed he killed Ella Beth but could not prove it.
    An interesting side question is whether there are other members of the Lodermeier clan who may have information about (or even be implicated in) the wifes disappearance. In the late 80s case Lodermeiers aged mother was convicted for making a false report (when she would have been in her late 60s). A family that would work together on a case in the 80s may also have worked together to get rid of an unwanted member in the 70s.
     
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    She's very attractive so I can see it being a case where a guy couldn't handle someone else getting the goodies while he no longer could. That could even be a former bf who found out she was going back with her husband. It could also be a stalker of some sort who had no direct connection to her which would make the case very difficult to solve.
     
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    It's 45 years now! Bumping for Ella!
     
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    What do investigators need to solve Ellabeth Lodermeier's cold case?
     
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    On Tuesday, Sioux Falls Police confirmed that at least one dog is being brought in on Wednesday to search an area near the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum along the Big Sioux River.

    The search will begin at 10 a.m. and will take place in the area where Lodermeier's purse and pocketbook were found in 1992, nearly two decades after she went missing.

    Family and at least some members of law enforcement believed that Lodermeier's estranged husband, Gene Lodermeier, was responsible for her disappearance, but Gene died in 2013 of an aortic aneurysm without ever being charged.

    Search to be conducted for Sioux Falls woman missing since 1974
     
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    The finger of suspicion points squarely at the abusive estranged husband who Ellabeth was about to divorce.

    I think it's suss that he went to her house the next day. It sounds like it was an acrimonious split between the pair but he was rushing to her house to be the caring ex? If you see him through the prism of guilt, it was a great excuse to revisit the crime-scene, contaminate any evidence or check he hadn't left any clues behind.

    Dauphin, Canada is a long way to drive from Sioux Falls. Approx 10 hours according to Google Maps. Although it's a fairly straightforward route. I'm guessing that investigators had nothing to tie Gene Lodermeier there around the time those items were found in the ladies' restroom. I'm wondering why someone planted those items there to throw off the cops while the purse and checkbook were found by the bank of the Big Sioux River?
     
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