Looking for You

Over the years of hunting for the identities of the Allenstown victims, one of the approaches that Oakhill Research has taken is to search the genealogy forums looking for postings by people who are searching for missing sisters, nieces, cousins, etc. We have contacted hundreds of these folks hoping that one of them will have a story of missing family members that will match the Allenstown situation. One of the highlights of this project has been reuniting people with long lost relatives whenever we can. Some of the stories are heartbreaking and we decided to feature several of the ones we have found in the hope that readers of this blog might be able to help the families searching.




This one caught our eye and as it was posted so long ago, we thought that maybe Pattie had found her niece. However, when we contacted her, we learned that this was not the case and Pattie still had no information on the whereabouts of the niece born to Pattie's sister Rosalee "Roz" and her husband Charles Webster. 



Rosalee died in CA in 2008 but over the years stated that during a time when she and Charley were separated, she had abandoned Bonnie in a bus terminal in Nampa, Idaho with a diaper bag that contained a few clothes.

Bonnie at 8 months old with a family friend

We couldn't find news articles of this incident but did find a clipping about a child of the same age and in that time frame who was abandoned in Texas. 



The Amarillo Globe-Times
September 28, 1977
Page 1
A pretty brown-eyed baby girl--believed to be between 16 and 18 months old--was found abandoned during the night by a security guard at the Amarillo International Airport. The blonde tyke was found shortly before midnight between two sliding glass doors on the second floor of the international air terminal by Mrs. Vickey Vanderford. who is employed by Wynne Enterprises. Inc., 1208 W 10th.

Following a night of observation at Northwest Texas Hospital, the baby girl appeared to be in good health other than few body bruises. She was temporarily in custody of the Potter-Randall County Child Welfare Department today. Police have no leads as to the child's relatives, and have no evidence as to who left the child at the airport. But the doctor in charge of the child, who wished to remain anonymous, said he believes the parents are still in the Amarillo area. The doctor said the child was "in relatively good health." but is "a little beat up." He said the (?)-pound, 30-inch long baby has several bruises, one reportedly severe around one of its ears. The child's speech consists of singular words-"mommy, daddy, toy, bear, and hungry," he said--but none have led to her parent's identities. He also said there were no apparent birth marks on "Jane Doe number 927" that could possibly be used for identification. He said the girl was named number 927 because she was found yesterday, Sept. 27. 

Mrs. Vanderford said she noticed the baby between the two sliding glass doors of the terminal about 11:20 p.m.. five minutes after the Braniff International Airline ticket office had closed. "It was just making noise and seemed content," she said. "It smelled horrible. The first thing 1 did was change the diaper." She fashioned a janitor's cloth into one. she said. "I took the baby on my patrol, walked outside and around the terminal, then inside," she said. "Then I started to ask people if they had seen anything." When the last flight was gone and "nobody else was in the terminal, she said, "It dawned on me that the child was abandoned." Then she called the police. 

The baby had faded bruises and "dark, purple bruises in its ear," she said. The mother of a 3-1/2-yr old, Mrs. Vannderford described the baby as about 18- months-old. with blonde hair, brown eyes, "and cute." The baby was dressed in "an oversized shirt," she said, and a bottle left with the tot contained soured juice.

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 We asked Pattie if Rosalee had ever traveled to Texas and she said that she had and had even offered Bonnie to a cousin living somewhere in the state but it hadn't worked out. The family is not sure what part of the state this cousin lived at the time.

So... can any of you researchers find articles about Bonnie being abandoned in Idaho or legal notices about an eventual adoption?

Or can anyone find what happened to the child abandoned in Amarillo? Or an adoptee searching for answers who may be Bonnie?

Bonnie's aunts and father would very much like to find her!

The above was posted on April 28th. Later that day, researcher Katharine Dutton submitted this picture of the little girl found in Amarillo.


We didn't see anything that would rule out the Amarillo girl as being Bonnie and so Bonnie's family has requested that TX authorities be notified regarding the possibility.




Could these be the same girl?
UPDATE 
May 2: Submitted an Open Records request to the Amarillo PD. Even though the case is decades old, perhaps there is still information in their archives on what became of little "927!"

May 2:  Shared this meme on Facebook and asked people to target Texas friends

I appreciate the timely response and I'm not surprised that records that old cannot be located...



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We read about Edwin P Thompson, formerly of Canaan CT, who went missing out of Pittsfield MA. Couldn't find him listed on missing persons sites so have contacted relatives and provided them information about getting him registered with NamUs.





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 This query from 2001 caught our eye and we contacted relatives to see if Martha Douglass was still whereabouts unknown. That is still the case. A 13 or 14 year old girl who just vanished. We contacted law enforcement in CA who did not find any activity in any system on her name with that DOB. We have provided NamUs information to the family.




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