UT UT - Dennise Sullivan, 15, Moab, 4 July 1961

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  1. Romulus

    Romulus Well-Known Member

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    Dennise Jeanette Sullivan

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/8784/0
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    Age last seen: 15

    Age now: 71
    Race: White female
    Hair color: Brown
    Eyes Color: Brown;
    full head of hair, last seen with above shoulder length
    Height: 60.0
    Weight: 90.0
    Clothing/Scars and Marks:
    last seen wearing blouse slacks; last seen wearing red canvas sneakers; known to use reading glasses; Fractured leg as a child

    Dennise was on vacation with her mother and mother's fiance in July 1961. They encountered an adult male who claimed he had car trouble. The adult male then demanded money from the adult couple and displayed a gun. After shooting both adults (Dennise's mother died), he forced the child into his vehicle and drove away
     
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    There's a book about her disappearance called Whatever Happened to Denise Sullivan?
    by Stephen P. Lacy, but it's out of print.
     
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    folieadeuxnola Lake Pontchartrain Jane Doe

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    Sheriff follows leads in cold case

    Sheriff follows leads in cold case - Grand County Sheriff Steve White and Lieutenant Kim Neal are assisting investigators in a nearly six-decade-old cold case murder and kidnapping in rural Grand County. It was July 4 1961 when an unknown assailan...

     
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    The prime suspect in the case was Price resident Abel Benny Aragon, an unemployed coal miner whose vehicle matched the description of the abduction car. When the FBI stopped him for questioning at a Crescent Junction roadblock on July 7, Aragon shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber pistol. He was rushed to Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab, but died two hours later from his wounds.

    Aragon was a Marine veteran who was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during World War II, and he had no criminal record. Witnesses reported seeing him alone at 2 a.m. on July 5, about four hours after the shooting at Dead Horse Point. He allegedly stopped a truck driver, gave him an envelope and asked him to mail it. The envelope contained money and a note addressed to Aragon’s wife, telling her he loved her and their five children. It didn’t mention any crimes.

    Five hours after the shooting, Aragon was seen at a mining camp at Polar Mesa, where he had stayed several times before. When authorities searched the area on July 10, they found some of his clothing. Nearby, under a rock, they found the .22-caliber rifle that had been used in the shooting, and hidden in the brush was a shovel identified as Aragon’s.

    Authorities determined from the paint scratches and other damage to his car that it was the same vehicle that rammed into Boothroyd’s car and forced it off the road. They also found a set of Aragon’s tracks, and a smaller set parallel to them, believed to be Denise’s. They never found any trace of Denise herself, however.

    Read more: Moab Times-Independent - Sheriff follows leads in cold case
     

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