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Louise was last seen at approximately 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 1979 in her hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio. Several family members told authorities that they saw Louise with Robert L. Wooten, a friend of hers. A photo of Wooten is posted below this case summary. Louise never returned home that day and has not been seen again.
Louise's father spoke to Wooten the following day, June 22, and asked where she was. According to Louise's father, Wooten's reply insinuated that he knew more about her disappearance than he was admitting. Louise's family contacted authorities, who initiated an investigation. Wooten claimed that he did not know Louise's whereabouts. He stated that she planned to run away from her home on June 21 and he offered his assistance. Wooten claimed that he last saw Louise entering a truck driven by a man named "Frank Grimm" on the day she vanished. Investigators were unable to identify such a person and reportedly could not locate any other individuals in the area who were familiar with Grimm. Louise left her personal belongings at her family's residence and did not take additional cash with her the day she disappeared.
Investigators spoke to Debbie Taylor, an East Liverpool resident who was friends with Louise, two days after Louise vanished. Taylor initially claimed that the police were mistaken and she did not know Louise, but changed her story and admitted they were friends. She said she didn't know where Louise was, however. Taylor and two of her three children were murdered on June 25, two days after she spoke to authorities. Wooten confessed to the slayings and was sentenced to life in an Ohio prison. He continues to maintain his innocence in Louise's case.
Investigators have classified Louise's case as that of a runaway, but the circumstances involved may point to foul play.