a “line of men, standing shoulder to shoulder several miles long, grew impatient in the Chappel Fork road until leaders gave the [bugle] signal for them to enter the forest,” recounted the “Refinery workers rubbed elbows with professional men.” Women doled out 1,600 cups of coffee, prepared in “wash boilers” for hot laundry.By the end of the week, the search had covered 35 square miles with Marjorie still out of sight.Many people believed in 1938, as they do now, that Marjorie was picked up at the road.
He ate his evening meal at home and then returned.” Police began circulating a poster describing Marjorie’s “curley” red hair, freckles, red Shirley Temple hat, and patent leather shoes. Foote told the Associated Press that West’s disappearance probably began with her liking to “play hide and seek.” A detail of four police searched the area for five months.
Cecilia West stayed at home so as not to miss a phone call. * * * nakes and “she bears” were not the only dangers in the woods.
“She could still be living,” said Marjorie’s cousin, Jack Covert, in an interview shortly before he passed away in March.
“But she’s probably not around here.” Marjorie was lost four decades before the nationwide “stranger danger” panic over kidnappings, set off when the son of eventual “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh disappeared from a Florida mall in 1981.
The drivers of two were identified by Tuesday night.
The third – whom witnesses said was a man – was seen fleeing in his Plymouth sedan so fast an oncoming motorist told police he had to pull into a ditch.
Engineers pumped out a muddy well and Native Americans tracked “she bears” – mother bears they believed were prone to carrying off small children – to no avail.
Shirley did not leave the forest for a week until, according to the May 16th he “consented to come to Bradford.
The boys ran, but when the group stopped, Eddie was gone.
Thirteen miles away, in the town of Ludlow, Michael Steffan, seven, fished with a friend.
How free children should be to roam, and how cautious parents should be about young children’s activities, is a debate that still rages today. The girls, Dorothea and Marjorie, wanted to pick wildflowers.