Mary Moroney

For today one of the new cases I posted was the 81-year-old disappearance of Mary Agnes Moroney, who was kidnapped from her family by a “social worker” in 1930. She was two years old at the time.

I found articles about how the case was “solved” in the 1950s when a young woman from California claimed to be Mary. She had a strong resemblance to Mary’s siblings. An anthropologist claimed he could prove the woman was a Moroney by casts from her teeth, which resembled the other Moroney children’s teeth. I’m pretty sure that’s not possible. Back in 1954, I don’t think there would have been any way to prove whether or not that woman was really Mary Moroney, but these days, with DNA, it shouldn’t be hard at all. I wonder if anyone has considered it.

Mary Moroney’s mother married at 13 and was only 17 when Mary disappeared. I suppose it’s possible, though only just, that she could still be alive. It looks like at least some of her siblings are still alive.

8 thoughts on “Mary Moroney

  1. Karen May 27, 2011 / 1:40 pm

    “Among the Missing” by Jay Robert Nash includes a picture of Mary McClelland with Mary Agnes’s parents. I would say there was a considerable resemblance.

    Mr. McClelland thought his wife looked like a twin of one of the Moroney sisters.

    There was a Mary A. McClelland who died in Antioch, CA on March 2, 2005. She was born November 17, 1927.

    Social Security Death Index lists a Catherine Moroney who was born in November 1912 and died in 1975 in Florida. No idea whether this was her.

    I love old cases,
    Karen

    • Meaghan May 27, 2011 / 1:41 pm

      I have a copy of Among the Missing. I’ll have to go dig it out and see what it says about Mary.

      I’m not denying that the woman COULD have been Mary, but I don’t buy the whole “proved it by the tooth resemblance” thing.

    • Meaghan May 28, 2011 / 4:27 am

      The Mary A. McClelland who died in 2005 was almost certainly our Mary. Among the Missing gives November 17, 1927 as her official date of birth.

      I’m actually not sure whether Mary’s mother’s name was Catherine or Kathryn. I saw it spelled both ways, about 50/50. I picked Catherine because it’s the more common spelling.

  2. Sibyl May 27, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    My immediate thought when I read this was “Georgia Tann”.

  3. Jaime May 27, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    I absolutely thought the same thing, Sibyl.

    • Meaghan May 28, 2011 / 8:57 pm

      It’s a shame. It would have been really cool if she had actually been the missing child.

    • Erin Moroney Domonousky March 15, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      This is true. My dad, Mary Agnes’ youngest sibling, provided DNA for the testing and it was determined to not be a match. Unfortunately, my dad passed away, never have meeting his oldest sister.

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