The Trail Went Cold – Episode 109 – Connie Smith

July 16, 1952. Salisbury, Connecticut. While spending the summer at Camp Sloane, ten-year old Connie Smith skips breakfast and leaves the campground. Numerous witnesses see Connie walking down the road and attempting to hitchhike, but before she reaches the nearest town, she vanishes without a trace. Since Connie’s grandfather is the former Governor of Wyoming, there is a massive search effort and her case receives extensive publicity. Over the years, there are a number of unusual leads, including an anonymous letter stating that Connie might be an unidentified murder victim named “Little Miss X”, whose skeletal remains were found in Arizona in 1958. Did Connie Smith become an unidentified Jane Doe? If not, what actually happened to her? And what compelled her to walk away from Camp Sloane to begin with? We explore one of America’s most baffling unsolved missing children’s cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

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One thought on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 109 – Connie Smith

  • I’d like to see you tackle the Masee disappearances, since the In Sight podcast mentioned that you had written an article on the case. It’s only an intuition on my part, but the ‘feel’ of the case reminds me of the murder of Lindsay Buziak. In each case there is a mystery couple involved, since the would-be investor wanted to have dinner with the Masees and bring his wife, and insisted on Masee doing likewise. Another resemblance between the two cases was the way an irresistible lure was used to suck the victim in – in Buziak’s case a million-dollar house-sale; in Masee’s case a ten-million dollar investment. Finally, the people who killed Buziak gave the name of a previous client (who was conveniently out of town) while the man who contacted Masee claimed to have met him before – clearly guessing that Masee would not be able to recall everyone he met in the course of his work.

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