Flashback Friday: Colleen Simpson

This week’s FF case is Colleen Vanita Simpson, a fourteen-year-old who disappeared from her Clearfield, Iowa home on October 5, 1975, exactly ten years before I was born. She’s classified as a non-family abduction but I’m not sure why — it doesn’t appear there were any witnesses or other evidence of foul play, and most teen girls who disappeared during that time period were written off as runaways.

I really don’t have any details on Colleen’s disappearance, alas. One thing not written in her casefile is that her father was a police officer; in fact I think he might have been the chief of police. Clearfield is a VERY small town, btw. Wikipedia says the 2010 census gave its population as 363.

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12 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Colleen Simpson

  1. Marshall Loveday June 23, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    1. ‘Non-family abduction’ …. Could be that there was something in her recent past that caused law enforcement (or her parents) to suspect that kind of abduction. Maybe some older teenager that was seen earlier talking to her. Could be something as simple as that.
    2. Dad being Police Chief…. I’m not sure a town with only 363 residents would be large enough to support its own police force. They most likely contract with county sheriffs.

  2. Marshall Loveday June 24, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Just looked at the town on Google Earth. It’s REAL small. You could walk from one corner to the opposite corner in about 7 minutes.

  3. Peter Henderson Jr. June 24, 2017 / 9:32 am

    The is not much additional information in Iowa Cold Cases.

    However, in the comments section her old brother, Michael Simpson, stated that she left (ran away) in the middle of the night while his dad was on patrol as a deputy sheriff with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department. It says she is, “classified as Endangered/Physical, meaning a person who is missing under circumstances indicating that his/her physical safety is in danger.”

    I don’t know for sure, but think it’s possible her dad may have been the equivalent of a resident Deputy Sheriff

    Per NamUs, the Taylor County Sheriff’s office is the investigating agency.

    • Meaghan June 24, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      I checked out the comments myself. It seems like if she did run away, she had to have had help. I’m pretty sure that even in 1975, 14 was too young to drive, and it’s not like there would have been any public transport in this middle-of-nowhere town. So either there was someone to pick her up in their car (possibly a boyfriend) or she hitchhiked out.

      Assuming she did leave of her own accord, that is.

    • Meaghan June 25, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Go to the police about it then.

      • Lexis June 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

        Oh I didn’t mean to offend you.. I just thought you would be interested in seeing it.

      • Meaghan June 27, 2017 / 7:28 pm

        I’m not offended, it’s just that there’s nothing I can do with tips. People who think they’ve got a match or other info need to contact the cops. I don’t investigate cases, I just catalog them.

    • Natalie June 26, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      The picture looks similar, I wonder if you’re onto something here

      • Sheri June 26, 2017 / 9:06 pm

        The height doesn’t seem to match. Colleen was 5’7″.

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