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A Wisconsin Woman Vanished on Her Way to a Bar in 2009. 12 Years Later, Her 5-Year-Old Niece Also Went Missing.

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Sep. 5 2023, Published 11:54 a.m. ET

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A 21-year-old Wisconsin woman left her home in 2009 to meet her cousin at a bar in the next town.

However, the woman never made it to the bar that night and never came back home. There has been no trace of her since.

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On Aug. 21, 2009, police said Rose Marie Bly left her home in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, to drive just a few miles away. Before leaving, Rose told her husband she would be home before midnight, but she never returned.

Five days after her disappearance, her vehicle was found in a parking lot in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the parking lot where it was found is typically used by truckers to park their tractor-trailers. The parking lot was approximately 30 miles from her home.

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At the time her vehicle was located, the keys to her car were not around and there was no evidence of foul play recorded, The Sun reported.

Before she disappeared, Rose allegedly told her mother she fell off of a horse and was experiencing some head pain, The Sun stated. Because of that, her mother later speculated that Rose suffered brain damage from the fall and wandered off on her own.

There was never any evidence to support this theory, however.

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Rose had two daughters under the age of 2 when she went missing, The Sun reported. Her husband filed for a divorce after she went missing, which a Wisconsin court granted. He also was given full custody of their daughters.

Rose’s mother, Candus Harer, spoke with WJHL in 2019 and said, “It’s just, it’s horrible, it’s hard to deal with, very hard to deal with, and my life will never be normal without knowing where my daughter is.”

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Tragically, over a decade after Rose disappeared, her niece, Summer Wells, also vanished in Tennessee. The 5-year-old girl was reported missing in June 2021 and the hunt for her is ongoing.

Family believe the child may have been abducted.

Anyone with information about Rose Bly is urged to call (715) 485-8300 or, in the case of Summer Wells, (800) TBI-FIND.

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