Two-year-old Elizabeth was last seen in the front yard of her residence located in the 300 block of South Lorimer Street in Cape Giradeau, Missouri on June 13, 1965, carrying a small pail of sand and has never been seen since.
Authorities first believed that Elizabeth simply wandered away from home and fell into the Mississippi River, but that theory has been discarded because she would've had to cross streets and railroad tracks, then go down a bluff to reach the water's edge.
In 1970, a man named Phillip Odell Clark confessed to accidentally running over Elizabeth and killing her on the day of her disappearance and buried her body out of fear of being charged with her death, but Clark told several different stories about what he did with Elizabeth's body and investigators were unable to find evidence to support his story and concluded that it was just a fabrication. Clark was murdered in prison in 1977.
In 2010, authorities stated that Elizabeth's case would be classifed as a non-family abduction after suspecting a group of drifters (who were staying at a nearby motel) might've kidnapped her.
Elizabeth is the youngest of ten children. At the time of her disappearance, she was in the care of her older siblings while her mother took her father to St. Louis, Missouri (where he worked). Her father died in 1970 and two of her siblings are now deceased, but her mother & her remaining siblings are still alive.
Elizabeth is described as a Caucasian female with brown hair & blue eyes. She has a chicken pox scar on her arm (which was the size of a quarter at the time of her disappearance, but might've have shrunken since then). She was last seen wearing a green & white checkered blouse and light-colored panties. Her nicknames are Beth and Betsy.