Elizabeth Ann Miller

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Elizabeth, circa 1983;
Center Right: Age-progression to age 41 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 16, 1983 from Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: July 27, 1969
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'4, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Some agencies give Elizabeth's eye color as green or hazel. She has a mole over her right eyebrow. Her nickname is Beth.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: White jogging shorts, a faded blue t-shirt and sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Elizabeth was last seen jogging at 10:00 a.m. on August 16, 1983 in her hometown of Idaho Springs, Colorado. She was last seen in a park near her family's residence. Investigators believe that a male seen in the park at the same time as Elizabeth may have been seen speaking to her. The man was driving a small red 1975 or 1976 pickup truck with a white camper shell and out-of-state license plates. It has not been established if the man has any connection to Elizabeth's disappearance, but police are interested in identifying him and questioning him. Elizabeth's sister says a man in a pickup truck had flirted with Elizabeth a few days before she vanished. The truck was red with a white camper shell, out-of-state license plates and blue or black lettering and a a brown stripe on the sides. The man was fair-skinned and about 175 pounds, with light brown collar-length hair parted on the side. He wore prescription eyeglasses with blue-tinted photo-grade lenses and had a general neat appearance. He said his name was Claude.

    Elizabeth disappeared shortly thereafter and has not been seen again. She did not have any cash or personal belongings with her on the day she vanished. Elizabeth normally left a note for her parents if she was going away for any length of time; she did not do so on the day of her disappearance. Elizabeth was a basketball player in 1983 and she jogged regularly to stay in shape. She is one of seven children and was a freshman at Clear Creek Secondary School. At the time of her disappearance, she baby-sat to earn spending money; her baby-sitting earnings were left behind at her house when she vanished.

    An unidentified Ohio man has been under investigation for several years in Elizabeth's case. Authorities believe he may have been involved in Elizabeth's presumed abduction, but he has never been charged. In 1995, a serial killer from Mississippi claimed that he had killed Elizabeth, but police did not find his story credible. Another suspect, a New Mexico man named Edward Apodaca, is deceased; he was murdered by his wife and mother-in-law in 1990. Apodaca's former girlfriend claimed she had helped him bury Elizabeth in the mountains near Idaho Springs. Three cadaver dogs indicated the presence of human remains in the place the girlfriend indicated, but police excavations turned up no evidence. Elizabeth's family believes, however, that Apodaca was in a fact involved in Elizabeth's case.

    In 1994, a missing children's hotline received a bizarre anonymous call about Elizabeth's case. The caller stated that he or she had seen Elizabeth together with Tiffany Sessions and Tracy Kroh and that the three young women were being held against their will in Austin, Texas and forced to work as prostitutes. Tiffany disappeared from Florida and Tracy from Pennsylvania, both in 1989, and no one had suggested the cases were related. The tipster claimed the three women were being held by a man named Thomas Stewart and traveling in a white van with Florida license plates and a blue/gray van with unknown license plates. Police from all three states investigated the tip but decided it was probably a hoax. In 1995, a woman police picked up in Tampa, Florida claimed to be Elizabeth. Elizabeth's parents flew to Florida to meet the woman, but she turned out to be someone else.

    Possible evidence relating to Elizabeth's case was found in Empire, Colorado in 1994. Some bone fragments, a piece of fabric similar to canvas, and a single blonde hair was found buried near Interstate 70. The bone fragments have never been identified; police do not even know if they are human. The fabric was very degraded and appeared to have been buried for a long time. In 2004, the police sent the hair to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to test for mitochondrial DNA. They hope to conclusively link the hair to Elizabeth's case.

    Elizabeth's family had her declared legally deceased in 1994. A grand jury investigated her disappearance in 2007, but the jury disbanded in November of that year without any indictments being handed down. but her case remains open and unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Colorado Bureau Of Investigation
    303-239-4222

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Denver Post
    The Rocky Mountain News
    NewsLibrary
    The Denver Channel
    Operation Lookout
    The Daily Intelligencer

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 17, 2012; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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