In 1996, 79-year-old Eva Hale was visiting her brother’s grave when someone snatched her. She hasn’t been seen since.
Hale was at the Marco Cemetery in Green County, Indiana, when authorities believed she was abducted on Oct. 15, 1996, according to Indiana State Police.
Later that evening, police found her vehicle at the cemetery. What hasn’t been seen since is Hale. Now, more than 20 years later, it is likely she has died, but police are still searching for answers to what happened.
Her purse was in the cemetery and a spare set of keys was on the ground, according to the Bloomington Herald-Times in 2014. Her family searched but never got any answers.
Hale’s son, Guy Hale, told the paper about the immediate aftermath.
“I immediately got my wife and my kids, and we headed down there and talked to the police. They brought in helicopters that night to search. We didn’t know what could have happened to her,” Guy Hale told the Herald-Times.
Other women went missing around the same time. In some cases, their deaths are now cold cases, along with Hale’s disappearance.
That is the case of the July 1996 killing of an 88-year-old woman found drowned in a Sullivan County, Indiana creek. The same in the 1994 killing of a 33-year-old woman who disappeared, and her body was later found shot.
Investigators have gotten tips in Hale’s case, but they haven’t led to answers. They are still trying to figure out what happened to Hale and the other women. Anyone with information on Hale’s case is asked to contact State Police at (812) 332-4411.
Guy Hale said even without his mother’s remains the family has a gravestone for her next to her husband, according to the Herald-Times. Her headstone includes her birthday, but after that, it remains blank.
“We put her name on the stone with dad’s name, and her date of birth,” Guy Hale told the newspaper. “But I don’t know what to do about the date she died. We just left it blank.”