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Case File 1533DFIL

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Trudy Leann Appleby
Missing since August 21, 1996 from Moline, Scott County, Illinois
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: September 4, 1984
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'8"; 75 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown long hair; blue eyes. Average build, pierced ears. Trudy has a scar on her neck and on her chest.
  • Clothing: Black bicycle stretch shorts, a shirt, blue Nike deck shoes with white shoe laces and white socks.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available in CODIS.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Appleby was last seen in Moline, Illinois on August 21, 1996.
She was last seen getting into an older, four-door silver or grey vehicle with an unknown white male. The male was described as being in his 20's with brown, curly hair.
Trudy's father first noticed something was wrong when he came home from work and things were exactly as he left them.

Police first thought Appleby had ran away.
She didn't take any of her money, she didn't take anything except a swimming suit and a towel. The family believe they know who is responsible for her disappearance, a friend of the family, who is a convicted child molester. He is now in jail on unrelated charges.
 A neighbor spotted Trudy inside the car, but couldn't identify who she was with.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Moline Police Department
Missing Persons Unit
Sgt. Mike Hutton

Agency Case Number: M96D8063 

NCMEC #: NCMC822441

NCIC Number: M956021571
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
The Polly Klaas Foundation
WHBF-TV Quad Cities
NamUs MP #2300

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