Charlotte Jean Loomis, age 14, went missing from Eatontown, New Jersey on September 1, 1972.
Charlotte was having problems at her family home in Detroit, Michigan. She went to stay for the summer with her older sister Carole and her husband, who lived on an army base in New Jersey.
On September 1, 1972, Charlotte was scheduled to depart from the Newark International Airport in New Jersey, and arrive back home at Saginaw Airport in Michigan. Charlotte’s luggage arrived in Michigan, but Charlotte was not on the plane.
Carole and her husband are both deceased, but she has many other siblings who are still living.
Of course, I had several questions on this case – were Carole and her husband ever questioned? Whose fingerprints were on the handle of her suitcase? Did the flight crew remember seeing her on the plane? I was also going to point out a couple mishaps on the part of the Michigan government, which made me uneasy about this case – with regard to Rose Lena Cole, and that of Ida Dean Richardson-Anderson.
But as I was getting my data together to prepare for this post, I stumbled across a plea from one of her family members, who believes she was last seen in Virginia, in 1974 – on an army base.
So now my questions have changed somewhat – were Carole and her husband living in Virginia in 1974? Did Charlotte ever attend high school in Virginia? Maybe they were hiding her because she didn’t want to go home. It gives me hope that she may be alive and well somewhere.
I’d really like to hope that’s the case.