It was a dark and rainy night.

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1974 - A woman leaves her work at a truck-stop diner in southern Indiana, and is never seen again.

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There were rumors she ran off with another man. 

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There were rumors she gave a hitchhiker a ride. 

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There were rumors she was murdered. 

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She was compared with several Jane Does, but no match.

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One man confessed, but he had a reputation for "outlandish stories." 

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Someone said she and her car were pushed into a stripper pit, east of Elberfeld, Indiana.

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The changing landscape of East of Elberfeld, Indiana

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This is a private road to active coal strip-mines, the site of the former pond where she was rumored to be hidden.

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Strip mines remove the soil above the mineral veins by making long, tall, rows of spoil banks. From the Study of strip and surface mining in Appalachia (1966)

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The spoil banks are visible in satellite images. 

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The first article about her case appeared in 1994.

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Ponds appear and disappear as the spoil banks are reclaimed, the sites becoming barren fields.

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Butterfly Stripper Pit

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Pigeon Creek, East of Elberfeld, Indiana

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Coal Mining Run Off

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Pigeon Creek, East of Evansville, Indiana

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6 month exposure of the Ohio River, looking towards Kentucky from south of Evansville, Indiana

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Blue Stripper Pit; Crying Woman Stripper Pit.

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Barren Fields with Daffodils

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This project is in the process of becoming a book. This is the "dummy" of an early draft.

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