August 12, 2013 - 11:32 AM
A 53-year-old cold case involving a missing toddler has been revived with the hope the latest investigative techniques and technology can provide answers for the child's family.
On July 3, 1960, police received a report of a lost child in the Red Lake area, about 45 km northwest of Kamloops. Then 21-month-old Edna Bette-Jean Masters, known to family as Bette-Jean, was last seen playing with family and friends at a friend's home. Police say there was no evidence of what happened to the little girl, though the area was searched extensively by volunteers, police, plane, as well as a service dog. The yard, nearby forests, ponds and roadways were all included in the search area.
Numerous tips came in from the public and Mounties attempted to identify and speak to a male and female in their late 20's seen in the area riding around in a 1959 rust coloured Chevrolet car with Alberta plates and cat eye or batwing style tail lights.
Const. Cheryl Bush says the family is still hoping for answers and closure about the little girl who would be 55-years-old now.
"Missing person files, or any other cases are never closed until they are solved," Bush says. "We strive to find answers and bring closure to the families of missing loved ones. With the advent of new technology such as DNA, internet, social media and photo age enhancement, police are looking at further follow-up."
Edna Bette-Jean Masters was last seen wearing a green bonnet with white frill, an undershirt, pink short sleeve T-shirt, faded pink overalls, white socks and sandals. She was weighing about 24 pounds, had blond curly hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. She also had a small oval shaped burn scar on her left arm between her elbow and shoulder.
Anyone with information can contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-314-1800.
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