Flashback Friday: Verna Smith

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Verna Smith, age 48, missing since February 1, 1968 from Marina, California. I wonder if that date is strictly accurate, since her two children were very young when she vanished and her husband never reported her missing. (Why?) She left home, leaving the car behind, and hasn’t been seen from that day to this — nearly 47 years now.

If Verna’s husband was the same age she was, there’s a good chance he’s deceased. Verna herself would be 95 years old if she is still alive. I have very little about this disappearance and I doubt it will ever be solved at this late date.

14 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Verna Smith

  1. Cattt January 9, 2015 / 3:34 am

    On the update page for Jan 8, 2015, it says that senior citizen Willard Dabney is 23.

    • Meaghan January 9, 2015 / 3:51 am

      Yeah, that was left over from Nayeli Rivera’s file. I fixed it.

  2. ilovetrash January 9, 2015 / 3:49 am

    minor tip: take the ‘ off the end of yr link’s url. take a look, you will see what i mean. it’s just a typo but as is it takes one to a 404.

  3. Richard January 9, 2015 / 10:17 am

    To be honest: what chances are there that his case would be resolved by looking at a picture of someone that would be 95 today? Wouldn’t it be more ‘effective’ to highlight cases, that have not happened like 40, 50 years ago? Just asking………

    • Meaghan January 9, 2015 / 10:41 am

      Flashback Friday cases are all supposed to be old — at least 30 years old, in fact. For more recent cases there’s always Select It Sunday.

      And no, I don’t expect my blog entry will help find Verna Smith. But if I adopted that attitude nothing would ever get done.

      • libraryjobber January 9, 2015 / 9:42 pm

        What if someone sees Verna’s casefile and matches her to a Jane Doe in their area? Anything can happen! Cold cases aren’t always unsolvable. Remember Boulder Jane Doe from Silvia Pettem’s book?

  4. Lisa January 10, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    Even the coldest cases should be seen- she existed in more than just photographs to some.

  5. Kat January 10, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    I think this goes some way back to a blog entry here a while ago, where a bunch of us wondered what would happen to US if we ever went missing, based on lifestyle, circumstances, etc. I would hate to go off and never be found and basically be forgotten. Not commenting on the hereafter and all, but I would hate to go missing and be treated as if I never existed. As unsolvable as these cases may be, to shine a light on them in any way keeps these people’s memory alive, and/or lets family know they are being thought of. Solvable or not, I think it is an admirable thing to keep these cases in a public eye.

    • CaptK January 11, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      Well said!

  6. HennyLee January 12, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Couldn’t have said it better myself Kat!

    I don’t care how old the case… they all deserve acknowledgment – and to be remembered.

    It drives me nuts when people come on here and post comments questioning how Meaghan does stuff. She devotes more time and effort than I can imagine on this site, blog, Lists etc… My feeling is if I didn’t “Like” something or the way it was done – I either move on and find another outlet to Invest my time in looking at – or I keep my mouth shut and have the respect for someone who freely devotes a large amount of her time to giving the missing a “Voice”.

    Meaghan I have said it before and I will say it again – you do an amazing job and I thank you!

  7. Alana Willans January 12, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Hubby doesn’t report her missing? Pretty suspicious!

  8. Amy January 23, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    What about her kids? Does anyone know where they are?

  9. Leslie January 3, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Check out this Unidentified body found within a year about four hours from Verna’s town. Similar description. She even has dental crowns and a hysterectomy scar.
    Jane Doe: http://doenetwork.org/cases/1205ufca.html
    Verna Smith page with mention of scar and link to dentals: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3084dfca.html
    I don’t see where they have been excluded as each other.
    This Jane doe was buried in a homemade coffin with a pillow, quilts, and a newspaper dated July 1, 1967. That may sound too early, but as some else pointed out, perhaps Verna’s missing date is imprecise since her husband didn’t report her missing. perhaps Verna’s missing date is an approximation after someone else became aware of her absence and became suspicious after not getting in touch with her.

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