Thursday, April 12 2012 4:40 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:40:47 GMT
A longtime investigator involved in the Elizabeth Gill case from Florida is visiting Cape Girardeau for the first time. He is looking for new clues into the disappearance of Gill almost 47 years ago.More >>
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -
Detectives say they feel it's only a matter of time before the 47 year-old
Missouri mystery is solved.
Beth Gill's family says they are excited to have a special private
investigator in town doing some new research.
They've been working with Mike Neverett, a private investigator from Florida
for seven years. But this week, he made his first trip to Cape Girardeau.
He's meeting with the family and detectives from the Cape Girardeau Police
Department to go over all kinds of potential clues.
Also, Neverett is diving further into records on travelers and persons of
interest who were staying in town the same time Beth disappeared in 1965.
He is also looking through old phone books and newspapers.
Neverett also got a chance to see the old Gill home on Lorimar Street, the
place Beth was last scene.
He's taking photos there through the eyes of a child.
"What I'm doing with that, is taking photos from a child's perspective
and a child's height of the surrounding homes in the neighborhood," said
Neverett. "With the hopes an individual may remember an individual, may
see these photos and it may jog their memory as to what they remember."
Like the family, Neverett feels Beth is alive and hopefully looking for
Thursday, Beth's mother Anola Bowerman talked about what she wants to say to
her little girl.
"I would want to tell her that her family is still looking for her and
we have missed her terribly," said Anola Bowerman.
"We have never given up hope in 47 years and we will never give up hope
until we find out definitely what happened," said Anola.
Anola Bowerman says she prays one day she will see her little girl again.
Beth was a toddler that she remembers vividly: One that would be a grown woman
"I would just tell her that her family is still looking and we have
missed her terribly," said Anola. "We love her so much just like we
did when she was a tiny baby."
To the family, their journey is tragic, surreal, and yet amazing. Even
after 47 years they feel everyday they are getting closer to solving the
mystery of Beth's disappearance.
Elizabeth Gill vanished from the yard of their South Lorimar home in
1965. It was so long ago, and still the leads keep coming.
"I'm very excited, said Anola." I'm trying to hold it back where I
won't get too excited and disappointed again.
Now Anola and Beth's sisters hope the private investigator from Florida may
help them crack the case.
"I always felt that this was a solvable case and based on what little
information we had I still feel that way now," said Neverett.
He's been on the case for 7 years, but this is his first trip to Cape
Girardeau to investigate old records.
With the help of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, and the research
skills of the Gill family, Neverett has already helped make some key
Some of those connections include tracking down links to people of interest,
travelers known to be at the motel just behind the Gill home when she
Also, they are looking into the past of the women who've come forward: Women
who believe they could be Beth.
They're still waiting on one remaining DNA from a potential match.
"She's the only one that's still pending," said Martha Hamilton,
"The parallels surrounding the circumstances of this individual in
regards to Beth, I've tried to disprove and I can't," Martha said.
Hamilton says no matter what she won't give up. She says God keeps
opening up a path.
"I think if you keep digging and you get to a point where you think
it's a brick wall you need to look for the edge and go around it," said
It is a strong family that is never losing hope.
"We just pray that we will find her and the family can be united again
and be a complete family," said Anola.
Thursday on Heartland News at 10, Holly Brantley will tell you more about a
possible reward, and also the latest on DNA test the family can't wait to get