Whoops… Flashback SATURDAY: Mary Jean McLaughlin

I had set this to go up automatically on Friday and apparently I put the date in wrong or something. Didn’t realize it till now. Sorry. Flashback Saturday then.

This week’s case is Mary Jean McLaughlin, a young mother of five who disappeared from Odessa, Michigan sometime in 1965. As there’s been no paper trail, the police think she may have died long ago, and she might have met with foul play. Her husband, according to their son, was violent. I Googled the man’s name and found what appears to be his obituary. He died in 2013.

Here’s to hoping Mary Jean didn’t die and that she just left her violent husband and started a new life elsewhere. This is by no means impossible, as was highlighted quite recently in another case.

If by chance Mary Jean is still alive, she could be 78 years old next month.

7 thoughts on “Whoops… Flashback SATURDAY: Mary Jean McLaughlin

  1. Lauren May 21, 2016 / 5:55 am

    Sounds like she very well may have left to start a new life. I wonder what makes her son think she was murdered years later?

    • Justin May 23, 2016 / 4:37 am

      If there has been no activity on her Social Security Number since the time she went missing, I would personally consider that a sign that she died when she went missing. I could be wrong and she could have been operating on either a false one or never received a paycheck all those years that she went missing. But I find that unlikely.

  2. Miguel May 21, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    A mystery indeed, there isn’t so much information thru internet. This case has many blanks, as to why she bothered driving up 80 miles just to drop a photograph unless she had the intention to say something, in case of a conversation what were the details, possible next destination. And why her son believes she was later murdered.

  3. Former Advance Resident May 22, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Think about how much easier it would have been in 1965 to walk away and ‘become’ someone else.

    • diamondlil16 May 23, 2016 / 1:53 am

      Thank you library jobber for this news link. We have her listed as a featured missing persons case on the message board I’m on. That perp looks similar to the artist’s sketch from years ago.

      • libraryjobber May 23, 2016 / 6:43 am

        The perp also owns a silver minivan, similar to the one seen by Jessica’s manager.

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