Janis Louise Taylor

Janis, circa 1968; Janis in 1963 (approximately five years prior to her disappearance)

  • Missing Since 01/08/1968
  • Missing From Concord, New Hampshire
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 09/27/1952 (69)
  • Age 15 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 110 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue coat, a gold and white suit, black nylon stockings and black shoes. Carrying a white purse.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Janis has a scar behind her left ear from an abscess.

Details of Disappearance

Janis was last seen waiting for a ride home from school in Concord, New Hampshire on January 9, 1968. She was a sophomore at Concord High School at the time of her disappearance; she had previously attended Manchester Central High School. She has never been heard from again.

Prior to her disappearance, Janis had regularly baby-sat a little boy. She had seen the little boy with bruises on his body and told relatives that she thought a man, who had a connection to the boy's family but wasn't a relative, was responsible.

The boy subsequently died at the age of two and his death was ruled a homicide, by blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The man Janis had believed was abusing him pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the child's death. Janis's brother believes this man could have also been involved in his sister's disappearance. There is no evidence to support this theory, however.

Janis grew up in Warner, New Hampshire and has eight siblings. She enjoyed horseback riding and 4-H Club activities, and had a job at a nearby stable. Her father and at least one of her brothers have since died, although other siblings and her mother are still alive.

Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Concord Police Department 603-225-8600

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 3, 2022; details of disappearance updated.