Find Missing Trudy Leann Appleby!

Find Missing Trudy Leann Appleby!

Find missing Trudy Leann Appleby!
Her father had left for work that day.
She got into another vehicle
With an unidentified male.
And so she was gone.
It has been almost 24 years
Since her loved ones last saw her.
It has been almost 24 years
Since her loved ones last heard from her.
Where is Trudy Leann Appleby?

Find Missing Trudy Leann Appleby!

Find Missing Trudy Leann Appleby!

Missing Person: Trudy Leann Appleby
Missing Since
Missing From
Moline, Illinois
Non-Family Abduction
Date of Birth
09/04/1984 (34 years old current age)
Age when last seen
11 years old
Height and Weight
4’8 – 5’0, 75 – 85 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description
A shirt, black stretchy bicycle shorts, white socks and dark blue Nike deck shoes with white shoelaces.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/green eyes.

Find Missing Trudy Leann Appleby!

Trudy Leann Appleby’s father departed from their family’s residence. He was to report to work at approximately 9:00 A.M. on August 21, 1996 in Moline, Illinois. A neighbor saw Trudy enter a silver or gray four-door box-style vehicle. It was similar to a Chevrolet Celebrity. This incident occurred in the driveway of her home between 9:30 and 10:30 A.M.

The driver of the vehicle is described as being Caucasian and in his twenties at the time with curly brown or black hair worn long to his shoulders. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap. Neither Trudy nor her suspected abductor have been seen again. Her father reported her disappearance when he could not find her after he returned home from work.

Authorities believe that Trudy may have known the vehicle’s driver. Her family’s residence was located off of the main road and was not visible from the street. Her case was initially investigated as a possible runaway, but investigators now believe Trudy was abducted. She took a swimsuit and a towel before departing from her home.

Trudy left approximately $200 behind, which her father said she saved for an upcoming vacation. Her case was initially treated as a runaway by police, but her parents never believed she left of her own accord and investigators now admit it is unlikely.

William “Ed” Smith was identified as the prime suspect in Trudy’s disappearance in 2017. Smith, a friend of Trudy’s father, died in 2014. A witness (reportedly his son-in-law, David Whipple), had seen Trudy in his car, and Smith threatened to kill him if the witness told the police about this.

Smith was seen alone later on the day of Trudy’s disappearance, but Trudy was never seen again. He had his car scrapped within a week of Trudy’s disappearance, and he acted “despondent” whenever her name was mentioned.

Trudy’s father theorizes that Smith and Whipple took Trudy out on a boat on the Mississippi River and something unexpected happened, perhaps an accident. It may have lead to the child’s death. Trudy was friends with one of Whipple’s children and frequently accompanied their family on the boat. Whipple has refused to cooperate with investigators in Trudy’s disappearance.

Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen any suspicious activity in the areas of Campbell’s Island, Black Bird Island, Dynamite Island, or the boat launch at Empire Park in East Moline, Illinois.

Trudy’s case remains unsolved. Investigators stated that had little evidence and no solid suspects in her disappearance.

Find Missing Trudy Leann Appleby!

Trudy Leann Appleby has been missing for almost 24 years. In two months it will be her 24th annual missing date. Someone knows something and Trudy’s family need answers. The unidentified suspect she boarded the vehicle with has never been seen again. Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Trudy Leann Appleby? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) who may be involved in her disappearance? Do you have any information, specifically, about the unknown male she got into the vehicle with that day?

If you have any information, please contact the Moline Police Department (Illinois)–Missing Persons Unit: 1-309-797-0407 or 1-309-797-0401. You may contact your local FBI Field Office. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678. You may call 9-1-1 or your local police.

NCMEC Case Number: 822441
NamUs Case Number: MP2300
Agency Case Number: M96D8063

MISSING TRUDY LEANN APPLEBY is a Facebook page that has been set up for this missing child. Use Facebook? Please “Like” this page.
Trudy Leann Appleby has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.
Trudy Leann Appleby has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children profile and the image above is courtesy of it. Click here to view it.
This is an ILLINOIS MISSING PERSON profile for Trudy Appleby. Click here to view it.
Trudy Leann Appleby has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
This detailed article was published around Trudy Appleby’s 20th annual missing date Click here to learn more.
This is a 2017 article about Trudy Appleby. Click here to learn more.
This is a 2016 article about Trudy Appleby. Click here to learn more.
The above information can be found on Trudy Leann Appleby’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International.

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