One afternoon a man living in Upstate NY brought his wife to a doctor’s checkup, but when he came to get her something happened that he never expected. After a few hours of waiting for her to finish, he decided to go inside the office. The woman at the desk told him that his wife was gone.
Nowhere In Sight
Her husband returned as he told his wife he would and patiently waited for her to come out of the office. He began to wonder what was going on and where his wife was. After 43 years the case was finally solved.
Nothing More Than A Cold
When he dropped her at the doctor that morning he reported that it was just a normal day. His wife hadn’t been feeling well so he took there to get check out. He informed her that he would be back in an hour but then things took a turn.
The missing woman was named “Flora Stevens” and her husband last saw her on August 3, 1975. She was a young 36-year-old woman who was known for being full of adventure and life. However, one regular afternoon she completely disappeared.
A Resort In The Catskills
That summer Flora was working at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It was a beautiful place with around 1,200 rooms. It was the largest complex in the area and the most popular for tourists to stay.
Based on her job application, a detective found that Flora attended Lincoln high school in New York and it was difficult to find much more information. They did see that she was married to Robert Stevens.
Opening The Case
The investigation began upon her disappearance but it was almost impossible to find where she was. While they had many supportive people out looking, their efforts were not successful. What’s more, people were confused about what happened. It was sad to hear that such a nice woman was missing.
The End Of The Road
Flora had no family members alive and it was difficult for the detectives to find where she was from or how she was raised. The clues were lessening and they couldn’t find the answers they were looking for.
No One Could Have Known
Unfortunately, the case was going nowhere and no detectives or community members had a clue where Flora was. They thought the case was closed and never expected it to reopen half a decade later.
Senior Investigator Yan Salomon
Back in 2017, the Senior Investigator of the NY State Police Department named Yan Solomon discovered a lead that could potentially answer many of the questions that so many were searching for. Funny enough, he didn’t even know about the case.
What he found was related to Flora Stevens’s case, but what was it? There were so much anticipation and so many questions running through people’s minds. After 40 years they assumed she was gone forever!
Unfortunately, Yan Salomon did not deliver the best news. He discovered a missing woman but all he found were skeletal remains and not a woman herself. However, he needed assistance to identify this woman.
Make Some Calls
His next step was to find some coworkers to try and find who this woman was. He called the Sullivan County Sheriff and requested a detective. The woman’s remains were discovered close to the Catskills, but he would need someone’s help to figure out who they belonged to.
Statistics show that about 70,000 grown women go missing each year. He knew he couldn’t get to the bottom of this by himself but together they thought of a great idea that could maybe help them find answers.
Information At Their Disposal
There were 21,894 active cases of missing women in the United States as of January 2016. They had so many records of cases that were abandoned but still had them accessible in case they found new information.
Looking For Her
While detective Salomon was certain it would be a challenging case to solve, he managed to gather a team to look through the unsolved cases. He was hoping to find any similarities between those cases and the body he discovered. This way, he could potentially understand whos body he found.
Welcome To Sullivan County
It was a stretch but Salomon was hoping to solve this case. He went to Sullivan county to collect research. He believed that the investigation would be easier if he did nearby searches, which could maybe give him somewhat of a lead.
An Open Case
After conducting research, he understood the woman was from that neighborhood so he went on a mission for answers. There was also an unsolved case that occurred in Sullivan County and he found similarities between the two.
Looking For Answers
Was it possible that Salomon now solved the case? He had a hunch so he requested the file from the other detectives to see if he could find living family members to confirm. Too bad, there weren’t any to help him.
It All Came Together
Flora’s file was first opened in 1975 and gave no information. Suddenly he realized something and though he finally landed on the missing information to help him solve the case. But was he?
He put off the case to the Sullivan County detectives, who directed it to Detective Rich Morgan who was told to find the relationship between the two women. After reading the case on the missing woman they learned new intel.
Connecting The Dots
They found her work identifications that showed she worked in the Catskill Mountains. This was also the location that the body was found. Strange coincidence or what? Hmm, we think no but let’s see what happened…
Remember Flora Stevens the 36-year-old young woman who went missing? Well, are you prepared for what we are about to share with you? This detail is so shocking you may be speechless so sit down while reading!
The Missing Woman
Detective Morgan did his job well and he managed to solve the case right in front of Salomon. He found a connection between the old case and the new corpse and he immediately began an investigation into Flora Stevens.
Looked Far And Wide
After her disappearance, her husband did everything he could to find her. He searched everywhere and was confused when she wasn’t there when he came to pick her up from her doctor’s appointment that afternoon.
Another Dead End
After he reported his missing wife, the town went rampant trying to find answers. To their dismay, they could not find much. A decade later her husband passed away and at that point, there was no solving.
How Would He Do It?
Detective Morgan was well aware of how challenging solving the case would be. He had no family members to speak to and he was uncertain how he could prove it was the same woman as the corpse found by detective Salomon.
Her Social Security Number
While searching through the national and local databases he found something incredibly important. Someone was using Flora Steven’s social security number, yet she was nowhere to be found!
250 Miles From There
Through his research, the detective was able to track the number to the north of Boston. He couldn’t believe that someone was using the social security number. Then he learned this person was living in an assisted living home.
A Different Last Name
Morgan phoned the facility but informed the detective that the woman’s name was Flora Harris and she was living there since 2001. What are the odds a different Flora was using her social security number? Something was fishy!
Detective Morgan with a backup officer traveled to the facility. They were speechless when this is what they found. The morbid case they expected to uncover, did not go in the direction they were expecting.
Possible Identity Theft
When he spoke to CBS Boston, Detective Morgan explained that it was a woman with the same first name, same birthday, same SSN, but different last name. After hearing this they needed to know what was going on. They were sure it was a case of missing identity.
Just Her Photograph
To make sure they knew what they were dealing with they brought with them the only picture of Flora they had, from her job at the Catskill Mountains. They arrived at the facility and asked to speak with Flora.
The detectives could not believe what happened next. they showed her the photo and she immediately responded, “that’s me.” They were even more convinced when she pointed out her husband Robert when shown a picture of him. They knew at this moment that they figured it out.
She Couldn’t Remember
To their dismay, they had no way of getting the answers they wanted in terms of her disappearance years ago. Flora suffers from dementia and could not remember anything about the previous 43 years.
An Abusive Husband
The detectives could not explain why she disappeared and explained she suffered from psychiatric illnesses before her disappearance. Her caregiver Mbuva pointed out that Flora had mentioned her husband being abusive and having a terrible marriage with him. However, she only knew parts of the story.
Maybe She Ran
After hearing this, the detectives assumed Flora bought a bus ticket and left to get away from her husband. Unfortunately, Detective Morgan announced that most of the secrets would never be found since they are locked with Flora who doesn’t remember anything.
She Didn’t Want To Be Found
Flora’s caregiver for 10 years was named Festus Mbuva and she said she didn’t think Flora wanted to be found. She added that it was clear an incident occurred in her past that she had no interest in revisiting.
Flora was raised in Yonkers and she enjoyed the phrase ” none of your business.” Eric Chaboty, Sullivan County Undersheriff announced that the most important thing is that they found that Flora is safe.
Solved But Unsolved
The sheriff’s department was finally able to close the case when they confirmed Flora Harris as Flora Stevens. During a press release Sheriff, Mike Schiff admitted that most cases like these don’t get solved. It makes sense, what are the odds the answers will turn up after 40 years?
A Smile And Wave
43 long years passed before anyone understood what happened to Flora Stevens. They thankfully found the missing woman, but the rest of our questions are left unanswered. The detectives left the facility and waved goodbye to the 78-year old woman.
We are so happy that the detectives managed to find Flora but would the case of pre-school sweethearts Matt and Laura be the same? That’s something we aren’t too sure about, let’s wait and see.
From A Young Age
25 years ago at a preschool in Phoenix, Arizona, a young Matt saw classmate, 3-year old Laura on the playground and went over to right away. Their parents didn’t read much into their friendship but little did they know they would be inseparable.
The Early Days
In an interview with Today, “I don’t remember the first time I saw her, but she was always a girl who let me follow her around.” This action would lead to something incredible that they never saw coming.
They went on a school trip and this was where they got acquainted. The children were instructed to find a safety buddy and they immediately chose one another. For the whole field trip, they refused to separate.
Laura immediately saw the genuine boy Matt was and that he wanted to be her friend. In no time the two were besties and did everything together. Whatever it was, there was no breaking them apart.
Not Just At Preschool
Matt and Laura’s time together at preschool was not sufficient. Everyone knew how close they wore and their parents began to set up playdates for them. Some of which involved the movies.
When they went to the movies it was clear how much Matt cared about Laura. When they saw scary movies he would hold her hand to protect her during scary scenes. He was the best friend ever!
Matt loved the Disney movie The Lion King. Other children were boasting about their parents, but Matt was reciting The Lion King movie word for word just to win over his best friend and make her impressed.
Laura was impressed by Matt’s ability to recite the Lion King by heart, but more importantly, Matt was so impressed by Laura. She showed Matt so many important skills, how to swing on swings, how to draw, and eat string cheese correctly. Matt couldn’t believe this was his best friend.
Winning Her Over
One time the school put on a Cinco De Mayo party, and Matt used this an opportunity to woo Laura. The children were focused on breaking the piñata, but Matt tried his best and hit it so hard that he could open it. Matt successfully did it and was hoping it got Laura’s attention.
By age four, these two already could be seen as “loved birds.”Although they were such young kids, Matt wanted everyone to know about his feelings for Laura. What happened next will blow you away.