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Bertha Beatrice Smith

Missing Person Case September 2021

Smith, approximately 1944

Date reported missing : 01/01/1944

Missing location (approx) :
Phoenix, Arizona
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0 - 5'5, 120 - 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair. Smith's maiden name is McGary and her previous married name is Dyer.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was born and raised in Texas, where married and she had five children. In 1942, she got a divorce and moved to Arizona. She apparently remarried afterwards.
In 1944, Smith wrote a letter to her family to say she was returning to Texas. She never arrived, however, and they never heard from her again. The circumstances of her disappearance are unclear. Phoenix, Arizona police are investigating.

Other information and links : ncy

Phoenix Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

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