Author investigating a very cold New Zealand disappearance

Jamie sent me this article about the disappearance of two-year-old Jeffrie Hill, who vanished from outside his home in the town of Tokoroa, New Zealand in 1969. The police conducted a perfunctory investigation and concluded he had drowned, even though they didn’t find his body. (Shades of Charley’s own Aaron Mitchell Anderson here.) Well, Scott Bainbridge, author of two books on New Zealand missing persons, believes Jeffrie was abducted and may still be alive today.

Mr. Bainbridge and I have corresponded. I reviewed his first MP book, Without Trace: On the Trail of New Zealand Missing Persons, and he gave me a copy of the second, Still Missing: More Unsolved Missing Persons Cases in New Zealand — which was just as good as the first, but I have yet to review it. It’s on my to-do list. He also wrote a book about New Zealand’s cold case murders titled Shot in the Dark.