Select It Sunday: Elizabeth Campbell

I was fairly deluged with suggestions, as you can see, although I don’t think any were for pre-1985 cases. Anyway, reader Danielle suggested I profile Elizabeth Campbell, who disappeared from Copperas Cove, Texas on April 25, 1988, less than a month after her 20th birthday.

Elizabeth is biracial — half white and half Korean — and she looks beautiful in her photos. She doesn’t fit the “profile” (such as it is) of a missing person. She had a job, was enrolled at Central Texas College and planned to transfer to Texas A&M University.

It appears her disappearance could have been a random crime. The last person known to have seen her was a convenience store clerk who gave her directions to a public phone so she could call her brother and get a ride home. Four years after Elizabeth vanished, her purse turned up about 180 miles from home. I wonder if someone grabbed her while she was headed to the phone booth, or whether she accepted a ride from the wrong person.

Last I knew, Elizabeth’s parents were still alive, but they’re both elderly and not in the best of health. Her brother is, presumably, still alive. I hope her family gets answers as to her fate.

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11 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Elizabeth Campbell

  1. Jose September 29, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    I actually was think about asking you too do her, but couldn’t get off my lazy feet.

    What makes this case intriguing is that a she was reportedly seen on 3 separate occasions all in Texas, in 2 of them she was seen with a Asian male, who you have a composite for; being roughly handled, and the two match each other. In the third she was seen nervously walking out of a gas station and getting into a car.

  2. danielle September 29, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Her dad seems to, at least at one time, feel she was forced into prostitution. And the rough handling was a way to “keep her in line.” Her parents looked for her. How heart breaking for them and her boyfriend. This case scares me b/c we really don’t know what happened. Abducted into prostitution? Killed? alive? She was loved by her parents so seems like she would for sure make contact if she could. And I am her age so I remember this case. Also, it’s on a few programs. These shows make the disappearance even more scary b/c of the re-enactments and her parents, at the time of her missing, just don’t know what happened.

    JOSE: glad you are with me on this…. it’s truely a mystery, even now

  3. Burt September 29, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    Wake me when the next update comes…Should I be playing Sims too? Yes!

  4. Michael September 30, 2013 / 12:02 am

    I remember this case; I always thought that it was weird that the Sheriff couldn’t remember when or who her purse was found. It’s shoddy police work at best. Somehow I get the feeling she’s alive. Maybe the finding of the purse wasn’t accidental. Possibly a clue from her? I know it sounds weird but it’s just a feeling.

    • Kat September 30, 2013 / 12:15 am

      Maybe dropped like Tara Calico’s stuff. I am confused about some of these above comments, where is the rough handling coming in, I don’t see it in the CP file…though if she was abducted an all, shades of Amy Bradley……….

      • danielle September 30, 2013 / 5:18 am

        Elizabeth Campbell was “allegedly” seen by 3 different people on 3 different occasions after her disappearance. On 2 of those occasions, she was with a man who seemed to be more in control of her than together by choice. I just used the words rough handling for lack of other words.
        The police probably just assumed she ran away, Seems like that was the popular way of thinking back in the 80s.

      • danielle September 30, 2013 / 5:19 am

        Tara Calico?? the van with the picture of her and a boy both duct taped?? any news?

      • Peter Henderson Jr. October 6, 2013 / 3:19 am

        Hi Danielle,

        Yes there is new news about Tara.

        Up to now her case has been handled by the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, but in October of 2013 it was announced that a six-person taskforce that includes agents from federal Homeland Security Investigations, the New Mexico State Police Department, the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will re-investigate Tara’s disappearance. Representatives of the taskforce say they plan to go back to square one and will use forensic technology not available during the initial investigation.

        Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said, “We have tried to make it clear to the families that are involved in our cold cases that we continued to have resolve to bring justice to their loved ones.”

        Houston and current Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard started taking about a joint taskforce last year when Houston bumped into Tara’s half-sister, Michele Doel, while jogging during lunch in downtown Albuquerque. The two had never met, but jogging along a runners path, the idea of the taskforce was born.

  5. M86 September 30, 2013 / 1:24 am

    I thought Select It Sundays were for cases after 1985, and Flashback Fridays were for before 1985?

  6. Kat September 30, 2013 / 9:30 am

    No news on Tara Calico, just if you read the file her mother always though the way her stuff was found it may have been placed to mark her trail. It seemed similar to how some of Elizabeth’s things were found.

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