You’ll recall my “let’s talk about it” post about the Guthrie family last month: Leslie and her children Julie and Timothy, who’ve been missing for forty years come February. Well, I wanted to draw your attention this comment that was posted today.
Boy, am I excited. I really, really hope this is the real deal. I mean, it’s terrible really to say “I hope it’s a car and I hope it has three bodies inside it” but after forty years this is really the best anyone can hope for.
Wow that would be incredible. Please keep us posted if you hear anything more.
I love it when someone outside of law enforcement does a bit of digging on an ancient case that no one is looking at and ends up finding that one little bit of information that becomes the reason it gets resolved. Seriously, I love it! It totally makes my day.
I am leaning towards the car being in a body of water. It just didn’t disappear. Those poor kids and father. Is the Dad still alive I wonder?
If you remember your first Charley Project Blog reference to this case back in 2012; several commenters, myself included, suggested that the car could be in a nearby body of water.
Here is my take on the disappearance of Leslie Guthrie and her children and several possible routes she could have taken.
Does anyone think it’s strange the mother had borrowed boots two sizes too small? I would be howling in pain if I had to use footwear two sizes smaller than my regular size. Unless the boots were extra wide and she had narrow feet? If they are in a body of water I hope they find them soon so they can rest in peace.
I’m guessing it was just that she borrowed them from her mom and they didn’t have the same shoe size. I agree that it would probably have been excruciating — painful enough, perhaps, to distract her from her driving.
Leslie’s mother, Anne McArdle Locke, was my paternal first cousin. Her grandmother was Gertrude Russell, my father’s older sister. I have registered my DNA on Ancestry.com under the name, Eileen Russell in the Russell Ducker family tree. Would that help to find Leslie if she is still alive at age 70 or 71?
Lots of people likely got drones for Christmas and Hanukkah so maybe if people in the area post on social media to do a drone search party, maybe something can come of that.
That would also apply to a number of cases where the car is not recovered and the driver was near areas that would make it difficult to search.
UPDATE: u/bz237 was kind enough to contact the local authorities. This is bz237’s update from a post below “UPDATE: I just had a conversation with the lead Detective. Super cool guy. Because I had emailed the info last night, they were all looking at the image when I called. He said the same things we all said here – hey looks like a car, might be too big (they were doing some measurements), it was supposedly frozen, it’s really shallow etc etc. He was also talking to some locals to find out what they know about that particular spot (local waterways personnel) and they said it is indeed really shallow there and probably would have been found already. They are looking at it and are going to send someone out in a boat to take a look. I forgot to ask if it’s currently frozen (anyone know this?), however he said it would not be today and he’d probably call or email me back with an update. I apologized in advance if this is some kind of wild goose chase, I certainly didn’t want to cause any undue issues for them – he said “no, no, no, seriously we appreciate anything we can get and I will certainly give you an update”. My thought is – if they knew it was not a car, they would have just told me that. He had a group of officers right there with them and my perception was that nobody could rule out it being a vehicle despite doubts (the same doubts we all have here). Good job u/sevenpoints !!!! Fingers crossed. update 2: I have not been arrested yet – but there is still time :)”
FINAL UPDATE: u/bz237 received an email from the authorities involved, “The reservoir was checked from the air and no vehicle was located. That particular area of the reservoir is only 5’ deep so a vehicle would be visible if it were there.”