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1914DFVA - Martha Smith Helmick


Name: Martha Smith Helmick
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: August 03, 1973
Location Last Seen: Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia

Physical Description

Date of Birth: circa 1916
Age: 57 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 4'10"
Weight: 190 - 200 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray or Partially Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had no teeth


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Red sneakers

Circumstances of Disappearance

Martha Helmick, John Keyton , and Flora Helmick were last seen around noon on August 3, 1973 in Bridgewater, Virginia. They were due at a reunion in Dabolt, Kentucky that had been scheduled for the following day at the home of Leroy Keyton, the brother of Ed.

When they didn't show up at the reunion, the family began calling relatives and neighbors who might have seen the trio. Eventually the police were brought into the process when the family could find no answers.

Ed Keyton was not known as a skillful driver. He was convicted of traffic violations in Rockingham County Court at least four times before his license was taken away, but he continued to drive. He often took little used roads to avoid the police. The year before he disappeared he wrecked his car injuring Flora Helmick's back.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Bridgewater Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Chief Joseph Simmons
Agency Phone Number: 540-828-2611
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

Agency Name: Rockingham County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: (540) 564-3800
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 40103

Information Source(s)

Daily News Record

Admin Notes

Added: 3/3/06; Last Updated: 1/4/18

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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