Missing From: Otsego, Michigan
Missing Since: 07/12/72
Age at Disappearance: 15
Date of Birth:12/25/56
Hair: Dark Brown
Scars, Marks, Tattoos: Right or left finger has hook fingernail. Previous fractured toes.
Clothing: Blue jeans and a purple shirt.
Details of Disappearance:
Kathy was last seen leaving her home on West Franklin Street in Otsego on July 17, 1972 to go for a walk. She apparently left home after an argument and has not been heard from by her family since. The police investigation at the time didn’t find her. According to records, officers talked to a few people who had seen Wilcox around town near that time, but no trace of her was located.
Otsego Police Department
My sister, Kathy Sue Wilcox, was 15-1/2 when she was last seen on 7/12/72. She was born Christmas day of 1956. I am exactly one year older than Kathy.
Two short weeks after she was last seen, her police report states she was classified as a run away and her file was closed. No one was ever investigated. Little remains to be done today.
I do not believe Kathy ran away. I believe someone has kept her from us all these years. When it became apparent no help was forthcoming to find her, I felt hopeless. I believed at that time that no one cared about us or my sister. I believed somehow our family was not important or wealthy enough. I believed if we were more important in the community that surely someone would help us find my sister.
At some point, I began to have great hope that she had done as the authorities stated. I began to believe a lie that she got away from the chaos of our lives and had made a life of her own. My hope in this way protected me from the things I could not bear to think about.
Today, my hope is faltering. I fear my sister has likely been murdered. It was not like her to go for a walk and not return. She was so loved and she loved us.
I have been seeking help with the assistance of a ‘perfect stranger’ Shannon Anderson Froeber solidly since January 2014 and yet, we have not inspired anyone to make an anonymous call to tell us what happened to Kathy.
Thank you for your prayers. Prayers continue to be our greatest gift in our journey to find Kathy and bring her home.
Sister Of Kathy Sue Wilcox – Karen Wilcox