MP of the week: Alice Jefferson

This week’s featured missing person is Alice Fay Jefferson. Considering that we don’t know when she disappeared, not even the precise year, there’s a fair amount of info available: she was living on an Army base in Kentucky with her husband, a soldier, and her two children. She vanished mysteriously while the kids were at school; no one came to pick them up that day and eventually they walked home alone. Alice’s husband behaved oddly after her disappearance and with a few days he’d dumped the kids at their grandparents’ house.

Alice wasn’t reported missing until 2013. There are articles saying she disappeared “in the summer of 1975” and this article names July as the month. However, Alice is also featured on the NCMEC website, and they’re not supposed to have cases of missing adults 21 and over, and if Alice disappeared in the summer of 1975 she would have been 21. So I put down that it’s possible she disappeared in 1974.

As to the month… the kids say they were in school, which seems unlikely in July.

13 thoughts on “MP of the week: Alice Jefferson

  1. becky February 7, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I’ve read so, so,so many cases like this. It makes me wonder how many women are actually murdered each year and the purpetrator gets off scott free.

    • marsyao February 8, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      To be fair, there were many man were murdered each year and the perpetrator gets off scar free, do not think need to bring gender issue here

  2. Amanda February 8, 2017 / 1:55 am

    A correction regarding the case file of Martin Hugh Sackler, who disappeared in 2011 from Alabama – his page states that “Long Beach, California police are investigating his case”. I believe it should read “Long Beach, Mississippi police” as the number listed is for the Long Beach City police department in Mississippi.

    • Meaghan February 8, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Oh, okay. I didn’t know there was such a place.

  3. diamondlil16 February 8, 2017 / 4:15 am

    Oh she was barely into her teens when she had her children. I’m glad her kids have been able to get this re-opened. So many wives and girlfriends of military men have ended up being murdered/missing.

    Too bad that the home and his vehicle wasn’t tested for any forensics back then for at least a sign of a struggle.

    Maybe the base provided summer school activities back then. I hope her children get answers and that someone will call in with some tips. I don’t think she would walk away from her children.

    I couldn’t get the first news link to work on my phone, but the second one did.

    Maybe if the Army unit has any reunions that might flush out some information if her adult children could attend or get flyers made.

  4. Gomez Toth February 8, 2017 / 6:35 am

    This is beyond ridiculous. The grandparents simply accepted those two kids and did…what exactly? Raised them for their entire lives, no questions asked? Did they ever think to ask themselves, “I wonder what happened to Alice?” When the children inevitably asked them about their mother, what the hell did those grandparents say, or do? Nothing?! Perhaps I missed some chapters in all those parenting guidebooks.

    And then, only decades later someone (unidentified, but I assume the now-adult children) reports her as missing?

    What the hell is going on here? Indictments should be flying…

    • marsyao February 8, 2017 / 8:45 am

      Based on the case file, Alice’s parents did attempt to report her missing, Did they submit a report to the Army base at Fort Campbell? Was any investigation conducted at that time? Now 40 years has past, does the husband still alive? if he is alive, has he been interviewed by LE ?

    • hennylee February 8, 2017 / 9:30 am

      According to an article I just read – Alice’s Daughter said this :

      “My grandparents called the police. Ain’t nothing we can do, that happened in another state. They tried the Red Cross with no help, to avail. I assisted them in calling the Kentucky police. Told them what happened. That’s not in our jurisdiction. Ok. I tried the Tennessee police. Not in our jurisdiction,” said Alice’s daughter, Paula, who is now a mother and grandmother herself. She says her grandparents did everything they could, but law enforcement turned a deaf ear.

      You can read more here:

      • marsyao February 8, 2017 / 10:32 am

        So they did not contact the army ? If crime was committed inside an army base, it would be under the jurisdiction of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID)

      • Gomez Toth February 9, 2017 / 4:57 am

        Thanks so much for that summary and link. The situation remains outrageous, but at least the grandparents were not culpable.

        I understand that our country was a different place back then. Yet I suspect that if Alice was a white girl Law Enforcement would have responded just a *tiny* bit more – what’s the word I’m looking for? – professionally. You know, someone, anyone in LE would have DONE THEIR JOB.

      • Meaghan February 9, 2017 / 1:10 pm

        I wouldn’t be so sure, Gomez Toth. A LOT of young women of all colors, including white ones, who disappeared in the 1970s just weren’t looked for at all.

  5. B February 9, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Kids who went missing at that time were routinely assumed to be runaways, even when there was nothing to base that on, and even getting LE to take a report meant you had to wait 24 hours. And those were kids. For adults, who were usually assumed to have left on their own accord and which it was a given that it was their right to do, there was even less done. This was before Amber Alerts, before the internet, before any of the resources we take for granted.

  6. Doris February 11, 2017 / 12:53 am

    I bet her husband had the same old story as most of the men with missing wives. “She ran off with someone”…..but left all of her clothes,makeup,cars and kids. Pleeeeeese….

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