Details of Disappearance McCorkle was last seen in East Moline, Illinois on August 14, 1981. She lived with her mother in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue. Her mother left at 8:30 a.m. to go to work and when she came home at 4:45 p.m., she found McCorkle's two-year-old son locked in a bathroom.
The doors to the house were locked from the inside; McCorkle's mother had to climb in through a window. McCorkle was missing and the only thing that disappeared with her was a nightgown she'd worn the night before. All her clothes, purse and other possessions, including a new car with a full tank of gas, were left behind. She left her bed unmade, which is uncharacteristic of her behavior.
There were no indications of a struggle at the residence. McCorkle has never been heard from again.
McCorkle spoke to her boyfriend on the phone the morning of her disappearance, ending the conversation at 9:30 a.m. She told him she was going to pick him up and take him out so he could apply for a job. She never picked him up, however. She also never showed up for work on the day of her disappearance, and she didn't call to say she would be absent. Prior to her disappearance she had an excellent record.
McCorkle's boyfriend passed a polygraph and was ruled out as a suspect in her case. Her ex-husband, however, refused to take the test. He stated he went to her house at 10:00 a.m. on the day of her disappearance and knocked on the door, but got no answer and left.
Police and McCorkle's loved ones don't believe would she have abandoned her child. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
- East Moline Police Department
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 2, 2017; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.