This is the story of a little girl who has been missing for more than 70 years.
On May 8, 1938, four-year-old Majorie West and her family enjoyed a Mother's Day picnic in the rural community of White Gravel in McKean County, PA.
Majorie and her older sister, Dorothea, picked wildflowers from a field near a road and a large boulder. Her father had warned the children about going near the boulder for fear of rattlesnakes.
At around 3 pm, Dorothea went and spoke to their mother leaving her little sister with some of the flowers, but when she returned, Majorie was nowhere in sight.
The family conducted a brief search of the area, but nothing was found so they contacted law enforcement.
Using bloodhounds, police determined that Majorie's scent trail stopped in the middle of the road by the wildflowers that she had picked earlier.
Did Majorie get lost in the woods?
Did she fall into an abandon mine that was evidently nearby?
Trained dogs being unable to find a little girl's scent on a spring day nice enough for a picnic would seem to reduce the likelihood of her getting lost.
Possible but less plausible.
Witnesses told police that two vehicles were seen driving near the West's picnic, but authorities did not believe either driver had anything to do with the girl's disappearance.
But, even in the 1930s, a four-year-old standing alone near an isolated road could have been a kidnapping scenario for an opportunist.
After the case was publicized in newspapers, a taxi driver in Thomas, West Virginia reported that he saw a girl closely matching Majorie's description riding with a man at 11:38 pm on the night she vanished.
The cabbie told authorities that, after being stopped, he gave the man directions to a nearby motel. A few minutes later the man and girl returned--the man saying that the motel was full. He then allegedly asked the cab driver where he could get some liquor, and the driver directed him to a local bar.
Police were unable to identify the man the cabbie spoke to that night or corroborate his story, but the driver did believe that the little girl he saw in the car was Majorie.
Authorities did not rule out the sighting--as it was determined to be about an 8-hour drive from the disappearance location to that part of West Virginia.
Time went by and the case went cold.
Speculation about the missing girl's relatives, abduction scenarios, and other explanations continued to be discussed, but no leads panned out.
The disappearance of then four-year-old Majorie West remains unsolved.
The young girl was last seen wearing a blue dress, red hat, and a navy-blue mid-length coat with the collar edged in pink.
Discussions about the possible kidnapping of young children in the early 1900s, like this one, often include the name Georgia Tann--one of America's most infamous "baby snatchers."
I'll talk about Ms. Tann next week.
A more detailed description of Majorie's disappearance and the painful aftermath suffered by family members can be read by going here.
My other Missing Person Monday posts can be found by clicking here.