Anita Kay Drake

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Anita, circa 1963;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 65 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 15, 1963 from Louisville, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 14, 1948
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Anita has a mole one inch below her lower lip.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray skirt, a white hooded sweater, a black coat and beige flat shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Anita was last seen in Louisville, Ohio on October 15, 1963, the day after her fifteenth birthday. At 4:30 p.m. she left her home on Victory Avenue northeast to walk to the nearby Campion Dairy, a soda fountain which was known as a hangout for local teenagers. She has never been heard from again. She was going through a rebellious phase at the time of her disappearance and some of her loved ones initially believed she'd run away, but they reconsidered the theory as time passed without any contact from her.

    Every Christmas Day for five years after Anita's disappearance, her mother got a phone call; the caller never spoke. Anita's mother believed the caller could have been her daughter, but Anita's brother theorizes his sister was murdered and the calls were made by her killer to torment the family. Another of her brothers suspects a family friend was involved and that her body is buried somewhere in the area.

    Although Anita's parents are now deceased, four of her eleven siblings are still alive and hope she will be found. Little information is available in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Stark County Sheriff's Department
    330-430-3800

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Canton Reporter
    For the Lost
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Ohio Attorney General's Office

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 7, 2014; age-progression added.

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