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Case File 1914DFVA


Martha Smith Helmick
Missing since August 3, 1973 from Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Helmick, John Ed 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.

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

Bridgewater Police Department

Source Information:
Daily News Record

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