A short update tonight. To recap briefly what we know:
- Carol Ann Cole went to Texas with her mother and was placed within a year into a troubled teen home.
- She either ran away or was transferred from the Austin, Texas area and ended up in the greater Shreveport, Louisiana/Bossier Parish, Louisiana area.
- We looked at how those facilities were operated in that era, including why children were moved around and a few other possibilities on how Carol Ann may have been moved.
- Established addresses that she had contacted family members from during her time in a troubled teen home.
Today we’re going to move along to Carol Ann’s very brief time in Louisiana, even if it has never been established exactly how Carol Anne went from PDAP in Austin, Texas to a logging road in Bossier Parish Louisiana. No one knows the details, just that Carol Ann called family members collect in Michigan from a private residence in the Shreveport area and said she was alright, that she was babysitting for a family in the Shreveport area. This last call was in late 1980 and ended with her usual sweet declarations of love for her family.
This was the very last time anyone from Carol Ann Cole’s family would hear from her. As of late December 1980 the family realized that she had dropped out of sight.
Carol Ann’s grandmother traced the number that Carol Ann had called from last in Shreveport and contacted law enforcement in Louisiana with the information. She reported Carol Ann missing. This was early 1981, less than a month before Carol Ann’s body was found in nearby Bossier Parish. Initially law enforcement seemed to feel this was just another case of a runaway teenager that had failed to stay in contact with their family. It is not known if the family living at that phone number was contacted by local law enforcement and asked if they knew the whereabouts of Carol Ann. Nor is it known if the Bossier Parish cold case investigator has reached out to the family living at that address.
What we do know is that on January 28th, 1981 the children of a family by the name of Chesson, out hunting near an old logging road in Bossier Parish stumbled across the lifeless body of Carol Ann Cole. One of the young children in the family made additional allegations much later.
Remember the name Chesson as we’ll be revisiting the discovery of Carol Ann’s body and the possibility that there was a link between the people who discovered her body and her murder.
Carol Ann’s body was discovered in a very rural area, near a logging road cut through miles of forest near the community of Bellevue. She’d been dead at least four weeks by that time, possibly as many of seven weeks, meaning she was likely murdered not long after that final phone call with her grandmother and sister Jeanie.
Bellevue is roughly 30 miles from the location of Mack Ford’s New Bethany Home for Girls – a troubled teen home with links to Texas and the Lester Roloff Homes. Was this significant or just another odd coincident in a sea of unusual coincidences?
She’d been stabbed a number of times and later examination by the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the stabbing was the cause of death.
It was at this point where law enforcement dropped the ball on the case. No one at the office that took the disappearance complaint from Carol Ann’s grandmother managed to put that together with the body found in Bossier Parish. No one in Bossier Parish made the connection either. Missed opportunities in the early investigation of the case.
Next week we’ll look at the evidence found with Carol Ann Cole’s body that seems to indicate a possible link between her and New Bethany Home for Girls and whom law enforcement concentrated on in the early years of the case. We will unpack the details that we’re too limited by time to do this week.
If anyone has any information on the murder of Carol Ann Cole or knows how Carol Ann got to Louisiana from Texas please contact the Bossier Parish Sheriffs Dept at 318.965.2203 Please give Carol Ann Cole’s family the peace that comes with closure. This is still an unsolved open case being investigated.
In the meantime if you wish to contact anyone at NLQ about what happened to Carol Ann Cole, or with your own story please drop me an email at SuzanneNLQ@.
Suzanne Titkemeyer is the admin at No Longer Quivering. She’s been out of the Quiverfull Evangelical world for nine years now and lives in the beautiful Piedmont section of Virginia with her retired husband and assorted creatures. She blogs at Every Breaking Wave and True Love Doesn’t Rape. She can be reached at SuzanneNLQ@
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