Constance Christine Smith
Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 16, 1952 from Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 11, 1942
Weight: 85 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark blond
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Connie wore eyeglasses at the time
of her disappearance but may not have had them with her. (Connie is .
near-sighted) Slight scar under right nostril.
Clothing: A red windbreaker and navy blue shorts with plaid cuffs,
tan leather shoes. Red ribbon in her hair, may have a black zippered purse with
small pictures of friends.
Case Number: B-57-H
Details of Disappearance
Connie was last seen at 8:45 a.m. on July 16, 1952 as she walked away from YMCA’s Camp Sloane, along U.S. Route 44 in Salisbury.
Connie had been at the camp for three weeks with another month to go when she left her tent a little before 8 a.m., telling seven tent mates she intended to return an ice pack to the dispensary. Connie had injured her hip in a fall the day before while roughhousing with tentmates, but left the ice pack on her bed and never made it to the dispensary.
Her mother, who was divorced from her father and split time between Greenwich and Sundance, had visited three days earlier to deposit money in her account. A camp official saw Connie crying after her mother left.
The camp’s caretaker, told police he saw her leave the camp, picking daisies as she walked. He didn’t stop her because he thought she was old enough to be a camp counselor.
She turned right on Indian Mountain Road past Deep Lake Farm toward the Lakeville section of Salisbury. Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs Hortman and Alice Walsh, who lived in the area, saw girl, crying while she walked. They gave her directions to Lakeville.
Mrs. Frank E. Barnett was the last to see Connie at 8:45 a.m., and said it seemed the girl was looking for a ride.
Police were summoned when camp officials realized at breakfast that Connie was missing. They called Connie’s mother, who was in Greenwich, and her father, who came from Wyoming and stayed for several weeks. He rented a car and a horse, and chartered a plane.
Despite extensive searches no trace of Connie was ever found.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Connecticut State Police
Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) – Monday, July 16, 2012