Today I added a woman whom I’m pretty sure is the oldest person (at time of disappearance) to be listed on Charley: Mary Ellen Cobb. Her age in various articles was listed as 102, 104 and 105; I went with the lowest number. She disappeared with her daughter, Wynona Delvecchio, who was in her eighties, and their disappearances were not discovered for years.
It’s not clear when the two women vanished, because their neighbor was concealing their absences and cashing Mary’s pension checks for herself. It helped that they apparently only had one relative, Mary’s son, who lived in Florida, and by the time they disappeared the guy hadn’t heard from either his mother or his sister for close to a decade.
I found out about the disappearances because they just found a skull under Wynona’s house, and it made the news. I wonder where the other skull is. Of course one inevitably suspects foul play. If just one of them had vanished, perhaps it was a case of the MP dying of natural causes and neighbor burying the body and then cashing the checks, but I have a hard time believing that with TWO disappearances. Though, old as the mother and daughter were, it’s certainly possible.
That neighbor woman has probably been hauled in for questioning already about this potential homicide, though they have yet to identify the skull.