Paula Jean Welden
Missing since December 1, 1946 from Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Welden was last seen at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont on the afternoon of December 1, 1946. Welden disappeared while taking a walk on the Long Trail near Glastenbury Mountain.
On December 1, 1946 she worked two shifts at the school's dining hall, came back to her room and conversed for a while with her roommate. Then, she told the roommate that she was through with studies, and was going to take a long walk. She headed out around 14.45. She was sighted several times as she was hitchhiking to the Long Trail, close to Bickford Hollow.
Vermont had no state police force at the time. The Governor called in police from New York and Massachusetts to help in the search. It also persuaded local legislators to support creation of the Vermont State Police.
Police suspect foul play. Welden was never found.
Investigators Vermont State Police
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Police Chief Richard Gauthier
Vermont State Police
Burlington Free Press 10/30/05
In the Shadow of Glastenbury
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