Vigil to be held Sunday for oldest missing child case
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's a Cape Girardeau mystery of 45 years and counting. What happened to two and a half year old Elizabeth Gill? The toddler vanished from her front yard in Cape Girardeau back in 1965 and has never been seen since. Still, her family continues looking for Beth, as they called her, and looking for answers.
"It was absolutely heart-breaking," said sister, Martha Hamilton.
"It didn't take long for us to miss her before she just disappeared," said sister, Jeannie Hinck.
The two Cape Girardeau women say all of their 10 siblings were playing around the yard of their Lorimer home the day Beth disappeared. After she was noticed missing, a frantic search began. Door to door, house to house and no leads. Weeks turned into months turned into years and decades but still today Bethy's family won't give up.
"We hold out hope, always, but it's difficult not knowing where she is," said Hinck.
The family is taking advantage of new and improved ways of looking for a missing loved one. The "Finding Beth Gill" page on Facebook has around 1700 followers.
In 2010, Beth Gill is the oldest case of a registered missing child in the state of Missouri. Forty-five years later, her family and others will hold a vigil in Cape Sunday night because the journey is long but hope remains and a family still searches for answers...still searches for Beth.
"To honor Beth and to honor the community because it affected everyone in our region," said Hinck.
The vigil will take place Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. at the sight of the former Mississippi River bridge and end in a procession at old St. Vincent church on south Spanish.