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Audrey Jean Good Backeberg

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Audrey, approximately 1962; Ronald Backeberg, approximately 1962

Date reported missing : 07/07/1962

Missing location (approx) :
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :

DOB : 07/06/1942 (79)
Age at the time of disappearance: 20 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 125 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Audrey has a crippled left index finger. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies refer to her by her maiden name, Good.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Audrey married Ronald Backeberg in 1957, when she was about fifteen years old. The couple had two children together and resided on Vine Street in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Audrey was employed at the nearby woolen mill in the early 1960s. A photo of Ronald is posted with this case summary.
Authorities said that Audrey and Ronald's marriAge at the time of disappearance: was troubled and there were allegations of abuse. Audrey filed a criminal complaint against her husband on July 4, 1962. She said that Ronald beat her shortly beforehand, resulting in head injuries. Audrey also stated that Ronald threatened to murder her. She claimed that he had two loaded firearms inside the trunk of his vehicle.
Audrey departed from her family's residence during the day on July 7, 1962, three days after she contacted authorities regarding Ronald's alleged behavior. She planned to retrieve her paycheck from the mill at the time. Audrey never returned home and has not been heard from again. Ronald phoned many of her loved ones after her disappearance and inquired as to her whereabouts. He maintained his innocence in his wife's case from the onset.
The couple's fourteen-year-old babysitter returned to Wisconsin shortly after Audrey disappeared. She claimed that she and Audrey hitchhiked to Madison, Wisconsin and then took a Greyhound bus to Indianapolis, Indiana shortly after Audrey vanished.
After they left the bus, the girl decided to turn herself in as a runaway. She said she last saw Audrey walking around the corner away from the bus stop. The babysitter stated Audrey chose to leave of her own accord and said she would not return, but Audrey's family members insisted she would never have abandoned her children.
Ronald passed a polygraph exam conducted after Audrey's disappearance. There have not been any arrests in her case. Audrey's case remains unsolved.
Above: Ronald Backeberg, approximately 1962

Other information and links : ncy

Sauk County Sheriff's Department

September 2021 updates and sources

Wisconsin Advocates for the Families of Missing People
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 25% 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 Doe Network

October 12, 2004. March 24, 2011; middle name added, distingusihing characteristics and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.