Adele Marie Wells
Adele, approximately 1958; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 69 (approximately 2020)
Date reported missing : 11/21/1958
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Female
DOB : 01/01/1951 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 7 years old
Height / Weight : 3'6, 50 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gray cotton coat, a blue dress with a design of small animal figures along the lower hemline, red knee socks and black shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, Adele had her hair styled with waves at the sides, and bangs.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Adele was last seen in Flint, Michigan on November 21, 1958. She was a second-grader at Jefferson Elementary School and had stayed home from school that morning because she had a cold.
In the afternoon she decided to go to school. She stopped at her grandmother's house, just blocks from the school, on the way there. Adele was last seen leaving her grandmother's. She never arrived at school and has never been heard from again.
Police stated they had reliable reports of a young man carrying a small girl to a dirty black Chevrolet, between eight and ten years old, which was near the creek on Lewis Street. The man is described as a light-skinned African-American wearing a gray coat and red socks.
He has never been identified and it's unclear whether he was Adele's abductor, but other children who attended her school said the driver of a car fitting that description tried to lure them into the vehicle in the days preceding Adele's disappearance.
Adele is part of a family of nine; her father was a factory worker in Flint at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Flint Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe. By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends. Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
The Detroit Free Press
The Ludington Daily News
October 12, 2004. October 7, 2020; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.