Missing since: 05/30/74
Missing from : Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 03/20/47
Age at disappearance: 26
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
Marks, Scars: Distinctive burn scars on left arm and torso from severe burns when a child. This may be apparent in her bone structure since this occurred when she was about 9 years old.
Clothing: Yellow shorts and a blue top.
AKA: Annita Maria Musto
DNA: mtDNA Available in CODIS
Circumstances of Disappearance
Price was last seen around 8:45 PM when she left to go to work at The Flamingo Club in Benwood, West Virginia on May 30, 1974. She never arrived at work and was never seen again.
The vehicle she was driving belonged to her boyfriend, and was described as a early 1970′s AMC Sportabout (a four door Gremlin) green in color.
The vehicle was discovered the next morning sitting along West Virginia Route 2 which is the major north south route along the Ohio River between Moundsville and Wheeling, West Virginia. There was no evidence of a struggle, although some cosmetics, including lipstick and an eyeliner, were lying on the seat of the car. Annita’s disappearance was not reported to police for three days.
Annita had been going through a divorce and there was a custody battle for her two children.
Authorities believe her disappearance is connected to foul play in some manner.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
West Virginia State Police
My mother dropped her boyfriend off at his job and was driving his car to her job at the Flamingo Club in Benwood, WV. She never arrived at work even though it was payday. Sometime that evening the car she had been driving was spotted by a friend on the side of the road heading in the direction opposite of where she would have been going. A mutual friend contacted Annita’s boyfriend at work to see if he needed help with the car. The boyfriend, indicated that the car had been fine and that Annita had been using it to go to work and was to pick him up after his shift. Both men made phone calls trying to find Annita, still believing that she may have had car trouble. After the boyfriend got off work he and his friend went to the car. There they found Annita’s purse and the car keys, the car was fine but Annita was gone. She never made it to work, never went back home and no one has seen her since that evening. Annita was in the middle of a tumultuous divorce and custody battle for her two children aged 3 and 5. It is believed that her estranged husband was in the area that evening and that he is directly involved in her disappearance. She is presumed murdered although to this date no remains have been recovered. The case was poorly investigated at the time of the disappearance and went cold and remained so for 30 years. In 2002 an informant came forward with information on the case. WV cold case detectives began investigating but no real progress was made on the case. The detective assigned to the cold case has been moved to a new department and there is no one other than family, working on finding answers to what happened to Annita. WV has only one officer handling all of the cold case crimes in the state. The case remains open but cold. Because it is such an old case with little to go on, major news outlets have no real desire to run stories about this missing mother.
Thank you all for your prayers for Annita and her family. You are a comfort and inspiration. May God richly bless you all. -
Madonna Layne – Daughter
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