Marylou Bostwick

Above: Marylou, circa 1972


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 20, 1972 from Waverly, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 20, 1956
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Marylou wears eyeglasses with dark-colored plastic frames. She has a three-inch scar at the base of her spine.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Cut-off blue jeans and pink sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Marylou was last seen on July 20, 1972, her sixteenth birthday. One her parents dropped her off at a friend's house on Broad Street in Waverly, New York; she was supposed to baby-sit there. Later that day, Marylou's mother went to the house with her daughter's birthday cake and gifts, and the occupants said Marylou had never arrived there. However, her belongings were there, including a change of clothes.

    Another local sixteen-year-old girl, Sharon Coston, disappeared from Sayre, Pennsylvania in October 1973. Her body was found a few days later; she'd been strangled and her body mutilated. Gerard Paul McKenna was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death in 1974. Although he maintained his innocence, he asked to be executed because he didn't want to spend the rest of his life in prison. In 1982 his conviction was overturned on appeal, and by the time he was convicted a second time the death penalty had been outlawed in Pennsylvania. He has since died in prison.

    Marylou's mother believes Sharon's murder and her daughter's disappearance are related. One of the witnesses who testified against McKenna in exchange for immunity from prosecution is a suspect in Marylou's case. When Marylou's brother died in 2004, she was listed in his obituary as having pre-deceased him. Her mother, two other brothers and her sister are still alive. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved. Pennsylvania police are investigating.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police

    Athens Township Police Department


    Source Information
    The Towanda Daily Review
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Pennsylvania Missing Persons


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 1, 2013; casefile added.

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