Flashback Friday: Mary Oliva

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Mary Oliva, a 79-year-old woman who disappeared from Wilber, Nebraska in July of 1973. Her husband Frank, 76, disappeared with her. They were never found, and neither was their vehicle. Obviously we’re not going to find either of them alive.

The prevailing theory seems to be that this was a case of murder-suicide, that Frank chose to drive their car into a lake because he couldn’t handle Mary’s health problems. This theory seems to be mostly supposition with little hard evidence to support it, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

R.I.P. Frank and Mary Oliva, wherever you are.

7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Mary Oliva

    • Meaghan November 6, 2015 / 5:17 pm

      If I ever get diagnosed with Alzheimers or any other form of dementia I am going to pull a Robin Williams and hang myself.

      • Lauren November 6, 2015 / 5:42 pm

        Me too. I had a family member who had it and I never want to end up living that way.

      • Meaghan November 6, 2015 / 5:53 pm

        My Grandpa Good died of Alzheimer’s when I was little, five or six I think. He underwent a personality change from what I heard, became a mean old man when he hadn’t been before.

        I don’t think Grandpa really much liked children to begin with, but after the disease took hold he really couldn’t stand them. My only actual memory of him is when I was four, and he asked me to put something on the table, and there were two tables there and I put the thing on the wrong one. He shouted at me and smacked me in the face hard enough to knock me off my feet.

      • Lauren November 6, 2015 / 6:32 pm

        Oh no! That’s horrible. I feel so bad that you had to experience that, especially from a grandparent and being so young too. I would hate for the disease to make me to that to one of my kids or grandkids some day. That would be an awful thing to be rembered for. Until you mentioned it I had forgotten how agitated dementia and Alzheimer’s can make people. My grandma would just wander off so adult services stepped in and made her go to one of those homes for people with dementia and the first day there one of the residents accused me of trying to steal her husband (who had died 10 years ago by the way) then proceeded to try to take a swing at me!

        Yep, I am in total agreement with you Meaghan – never, ever gonna happen to me.

  1. KT January 14, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    This was so sad to read. As an aging researcher, if there’s any upside to these diseases, it can sometimes turn mean and cold parents into loving ones– kind of an inverse of what everyone expects.

    Side note– This seems like a good case to look at via Google Maps.

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