36 years ago today…

Ilene Rebecca “Becky” Scott disappeared on this day in 1980 from her Carson, California home. I wrote about her for Flashback Friday two years ago and a guy named Marshall commented, saying he was Becky’s next-door neighbor in 1980 and he thinks he actually saw her roller-skating the morning of her disappearance. It was Marshall who asked me to mention her on the blog again today, the 36th anniversary of her disappearance. (The FF entry has some other interesting comments in it too.)

There’s a Websleuths thread about Becky and Marshall’s been there too:

My wife Marcia and I lived right next door to the Scott family when Becky disappeared. We had seen her out roller-skating when we left to do some shopping that Saturday morning, and returned to the mobile home park to find the place crawling with L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies.

It would sure be great if Becky could be found. I know there is one gal who has posted on another missing person’s forum or two that she thinks she might be Becky, but seems to be afraid to follow up.

I do think about this sad case from time to time. One thing I was wondering – what if Becky went ‘exploring’ and perhaps got knocked unconscious / trapped underneath one of the mobile homes? I know the Sheriffs looked under some of the mobile homes (including ours), but did they search under all of them in the immediate area? (Might have been 10 units within 100′ or so……)

I updated Becky’s case back in October with additional info I dug out of the newspapers.com archive. Unfortunately I still know very little.

22 thoughts on “36 years ago today…

  1. Marshall Loveday December 20, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Thank you for posting this, Meaghan.

    I think a lot of people are under the mistaken impression that all missing persons get ‘found’ eventually. As your website is a testament to, this is obviously not the case. How does a beautiful little 6-year old girl, full of life simply disappear, seemingly into thin air? I wish I had an answer to that one.

    It was a a typical beautiful Southern California December morning, a Saturday. My wife Marcia and I had gone out around 9:00AM or so to do some shopping. When we returned some time around noon-ish, the mobile home park was crawling with L.A. County Sherriff’s. Rancho Dominguez Mobile Home Park has a Gardena, California street address, but actually sits in unincorporated Los Angeles County territory, just a few hundred feet west of Compton, Ca’s western boundary. It’s surrounded by light industrial properties. I’ve included here a Google Earth image of the park, which has approximately 80 homes. The mobile home park looks remarkably similar to the way it was some 36 years ago…… I’ve circled in red the location of the Scott family home. Our mobile home was the unit just to the right in the picture on the inside of the corner.


  2. Marshall Loveday December 20, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Just another little note on this case. Becky’s 6th Birthday was the day before she disappeared. Probably got those roller skates as a birthday present………

  3. Marshall Loveday December 21, 2016 / 1:11 am

    I decided to dig a little deeper on this. Since we have the e-mail for this ‘Shelley’ who posted on the forum, I decided to send her an E-mail. We’ll see if I get a response…..

  4. MJ December 21, 2016 / 4:57 am

    Wow, how fascinating! If the mobile home park looks similar to how it did back then you would think that someone saw something being the trailers are so close together like that (let alone there being over 80 of them)! Not to mention the businesses that surround them. *sigh* I find it troubling that her roller skates were found inside of the house along with her shoes. What did she have on her feet? There doesn’t seem to be a blade of grass in this area within eyesight. I really hope that this Shelley person is her, but I think there are just so many places for a little girl to get stuck or (I hate to say it) abuducted and hidden.

  5. Andi Mac December 21, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    The cases of young children with few details are unsettling to me, but I’m glad there is someone who is keeping this case alive. The missing need more people like Marshall.

    Regarding the few details in her case I have a few questions:
    1} Where was her mom when she went missing? Inside their trailer? Were their activities that morning normal the day she disappeared?
    2} And where was the mom’s boyfriend and what did he get arrested for the day of her disappearance? Was he arrested before or after she went missing? Also why did Ilene not like him (did he give her reason like being abusive)?
    3} I noticed there is no mention of her father other than her parents separating and later divorcing. Where was he during her disappearance? What was her relationship with him, like how often did they see each other?

    Her case reminds me of Jennifer Patterson’s case from 1991.

    Both girls were around the same age, last seen outside their home in a mobile-home community, and both of their parents were in a process of a separation/divorce. In Jennifer’s case it was speculated that her father was behind her disappearance to hurt her mother. Could Ilene’s parent’s separation have something to do with her disappearance?

    • Meaghan December 21, 2016 / 5:23 pm

      From what I recall, the bf was arrested for theft or burglary.

    • Marshall Loveday December 26, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      1. Where was the mom? I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess she was inside her mobile home, cleaning or whatever. Evidently, we were all under a false assumption that our little ‘streets’ inside the mobile home park were ‘safe’. One note here: Although there were ‘gates’ at the front of the park, I NEVER saw them closed. Anyone could drive right into the park. It certainly wasn’t one of those luxury ‘Mobile Home Estates’ places. 1b. Were their activities ‘normal’ Yes – routine stuff. Becky was seen riding her (new?) roller skates earlier in the A.M. Her 6th birthday was the previous day.
      2. Mom’s boyfriend ……. I’ve totally forgotten all the details on that. You must have read a report with those details.
      3.What was the dad’s relationship with the kids? Hard to put my finger on this one, but I would say the relationship he had with his kids was ‘strained’. I think he wanted to be a good dad, but didn’t do well under pressure – alimony, child support – maybe it was tough for him. I know he did not have a high-paying job. He came around maybe once every two weeks that I saw. There’s also Becky’s little brother, too. He wasn’t kidnapped. I think he might have been 1.5 – 2 years younger.

  6. Marshall Loveday December 21, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Next time I’m down in So Cal, I’m going to drive through the place and get some better pics. Google Earth Street View didn’t drive through it. Our mobile home was brand-new when we moved in, but some have been replaced since. The Scott unit was fairly old in 1980.

  7. diamondlil16 December 25, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Marshall, I’m not familiar with this case or the thread on websleuths so apologies if you have addressed this elsewhere.
    Did the sheriff’s dept interview you and your wife? Do you recall anyone around that seemed to behave oddly after her disappearance? Was she ever picked on by older kids in the mobile home park? Or if her home had lots of people going in and out?

    O/T hope you’re feeling better Meaghan and Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it’s special meaning.

    • Marshall Loveday December 26, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Yes, we were interviewed by the Sheriff’s department there at the mobile home park, and our home was searched (as well as underneath); similar to I assume all the other neighbors in the immediate area. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t search every last home in the park – perhaps just the ones in close proximity…) We didn’t notice anyone that we thought ‘suspicious’ in the park at all. There might have been a curmudgeon or two around, but I didn’t get weird feelings from anybody. Becky was a cute little kid – not all that many kids in the mobile home park, so I don’t think you could say she was picked on. Becky’s mom and dad had a rough break-up. The summer before, the dad was attempting to take the kids when he was not permitted to do so by his visitation agreement, and I had to step in front of his truck to prevent him from leaving. He would have been the first one I would have checked out, and I’m sure the police did…..

  8. diamondlil16 December 27, 2016 / 1:43 am

    Thanks Marshall for replying. I read back on Meaghan’s case entry and she said the police did rule out the boyfriend. But I have to wonder if he had any creepy friends that came around. From your photo link I wouldn’t think many in the general public would even know that housing was back there. However all the businesses close by like MJ noted…a worker or delivery person may be had noticed her and took her. And apparently the mother wasn’t suspected.
    (I was surprised at the lack of nature, no trees, bushes…that would make me sad to not have green around me)

    • Marshall Loveday December 27, 2016 / 10:44 am

      Yeah, it was not the greatest place, but at the time virtually the only mobile home park around that allowed kids, which was one of our requirements (didn’t have children at that time, but were planning to…). After a couple of break-ins and then this incident, we sold our unit a few months later and moved to Orange County. We ended up not having any kids until 1988…….

  9. Marshall Loveday January 14, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Well, I’ve got a bit of an update on this story, courtesy of an amateur sleuth who decided to do some digging via the internet. Becky Scott’s mom (apparently) had a live-in boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. His name is Harry Jolly. He was age 36 at that time. That would make him 72 today. He was arrested for an unrelated charge a day or so later, but was never connected to the crime. Apparently, he and Becky’s mom split up some time after her disappearance. In 2000, he was convicted of murder in a Long Beach, CA. courtroom, for killing his live-in girlfriend, Anna Marie Schlecht, on June 19, 1999. He is currently in prison in Oceanside, CA., It’s listed as a medical facility, so apparently he has some issues.

    I would imagine that the L.A. County Sheriffs would be ahead of curve on this, and have known about this connection for 16 years now. But what if this case slipped through the cracks?

    • Marshall Loveday January 14, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      (I’m calling the Los Angeles County Sheriffs on Monday…….)

      • Lori Elkins January 17, 2017 / 5:30 pm

        Did you call the LAPD?

    • Meaghan January 15, 2017 / 6:05 am

      I actually knew about Becky’s mom’s boyfriend’s being arrested for murder, but I didn’t mention it in her casefile because he was ruled out as a suspect in Becky’s disappearance.

      • Marshall Loveday January 15, 2017 / 7:04 pm

        Perhaps those details should be looked at again by the authorities.

  10. capeaches January 17, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    I am the cousin of Becky and would love if everyone contacted the police to question Harry. He is the most likely suspect then and now. I tried and got nowhere. Where did you find the info refarding Harry being in the hospital?

    • Marshall Loveday January 19, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      The person who contacted me (amateur sleuth?) looked up his name on the Cal prisons web site, and it indicated the Oceanside facility was a ‘hospital’.

  11. capeaches January 17, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Does anyone know the latest detective info on Becky’s case?

  12. Marshall Loveday January 19, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Been busy. Haven’t called LASD yet.

  13. Marcia Loveday December 5, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    As another year comes to a close,I am still wondering about Becky. Hi I am Marcia Loveday and as my husband Marshall had stated, we lived next door to her. I remember right before my husband and I went shopping, Becky stopped me and said her birthday was the day before and that the skates were a present. I told her she was a good skater and wished her a belated birthday. She was an amazing little girl and I would love to see closure.

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