Details of Disappearance Louise was last seen at approximately 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 1979 in her hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio. She sunbathed in her family's backyard that day, and then Robert L. Wooten, the husband of one of her friends, came over to speak to her.
Wooten told Louise that his wife, who had been away, had come home and wanted to see Louise. She left with him and said she'd be back by 10:00 p.m., but she never returned. A photo of Robert is posted with this case summary.
The next day, Louise's father and sister ran into Wooten while out running errands and asked where Louise was. Robert said she had run away from home and not to wait for her to come back. 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 makeup, toothbrush, purse and $500 in cash at her family's home, which caused her family to think she had not really run away.
Investigators spoke to Debbie Taylor, an East Liverpool resident, two days after Louise vanished. Taylor was Louise's friend and Wooten's sister-in-law, but she initially claimed that the police were mistaken and she did not know Louise. She later changed her story and admitted they were friends, but said she had no idea where Louise was.
Taylor and two of her three children were murdered on June 25, two days after she spoke to authorities. Wooten confessed to the slayings. In the weeks following his confession, the police got an anonymous letter that accused him of killing Louise as well, and told authorities where to find her clothes. The police did find her clothes, but haven't said where they found them.
Wooten was sentenced to life in an Ohio prison for the murders of Taylor and her children. He continues to maintain his innocence in Louise's case and has not been formally named as a suspect. Foul play is suspected in Louise's disappearance.
- East Liverpool Police Department
Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 4, 2018; details of disappearance updated.