Eleven-year-old Bethany was last seen with her father, Larry Markowski on March 4, 2001 where they apparently spent part of the day in Little Rock, Arkansas and then drove back towards Tennessee.
They stopped at Old Hickory Mall in Jackson, Tennessee at approximately 3:30 p.m. and Larry told authorities that Bethany entered the shopping center alone while he slept in the vehicle. He awoke approximately one hour later and searched for Bethany in the mall and alerted law enforcement at 5:15 p.m. when he could not locate her. She has never been heard from again.
Her parents, Larry and Johnie Jo Markowski, separated in January of 2001 and their split was reportedly bitter. Bethany resided with her mother in Nashville, Tennessee afterwards and spent several days with her father at his home in Gleason, Tennessee in early March 2001.
Bethany and Larry were scheduled to meet Johnie Jo at the Waverly, Tennessee exit off of Interstate 40 on the afternoon Bethany disappeared.
Investigators said that Bethany is not seen on the security camera videotapes filmed at Old Hickory Mall on March 4, 2001 and there is no proof that she actually entered the establishment.
Larry has stated that he is not involved in Bethany's disappearance, but authorities have questioned his version of events while Johnie Jo said that she only wanted her daughter to return home.
Several witnesses saw Bethany in the company of an unidentified Caucasian female shortly after she disappeared. The woman is described as being approximately 42 to 44 years of age, 5'4 to 5'5 and 185 pounds.
Witnesses said that the woman had dark circles under her brown eyes and her blonde hair was clean but frizzy and damaged. She appeared to be unkempt (like she had not bathed) and her shoes were torn & incorrectly tied. The woman may have been suffering from a hangover.
In April of 2001, authorities stated that the unidentified woman attempted to enroll Bethany in a southeastern Tennessee school. The woman was later observed boarding a bus with Bethany and investigators believe that they may have traveled to Moline, Illinois.
Authorities said that they have not ruled out either of Bethany's parents as suspects in her disappearance. Investigators have also said that it is possible Bethany was abducted by a stranger.
As of 2018, Bethany's case remains unsolved.
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Bethany is described as a Caucasian female with brown hair, green eyes, is between 4'8 and 5'0, and weighs between 95 and 100 pounds. She was missing her top and bottom baby molars at the time of her disappearance.
She has a mole on her left breast, freckles on her cheeks & nose, and her hair was styled shoulder-length with bangs at the time of her disappearance.
Bethany was last seen wearing a green t-shirt, blue or black jeans and black slip-on shoes.
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- Bethany Leanne Markowski on Charlie Project.