Historical missing person case: 21-month-old disappeared near Kamloops in 1960

Edna Bette-Jean .
Edna Bette-Jean . Kamloops RCMP

21-month-old Edna Bette-Jean Masters disappeared in the Red Lake area, northwest of Kamloops, on  July 3, 1960. Investigators have never found out what happened to her. She would be 55 years old now.

On the day Edna disappeared, police received a report of a lost child.

Known to the family as Bette-Jean, she was last seen playing with family and friends at a friend’s home. At the time of her disappearance, Bette-Jean was wearing a green bonnet with white frill, an undershirt, pink short sleeve t-shirt, faded pink overalls, white socks and sandals. She weighed about 24 pounds, with blonde fine curly hair, blue eyes, and fair complexion. She also has a small oval shaped burn scar on her left arm between her elbow and shoulder.

Police, volunteers, airplane and a police dog searched the area extensively, looking in yards, the surrounding forests, ponds and roadways. Numerous tips came in, but

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In 1960, the area was searched extensively by volunteers, police, airplane and police dog. The search included the yard, surrounding forests, ponds and roadways. Numerous tips were generated in the case, but nothing to determine what happened to her.

Edna Bette-Jean
Edna Bette-Jean. Kamloops RCMP

The RCMP have also attempted to identify and want to talk to the man and woman who were seen in the area in a rust colored 1959 Chevrolet Car with cat eye or bat wing style tail lights and with Alberta plates. The couple is described as being in their late twenties.

Kamloops RCMP say there are a number of scenarios that could be imagined, but the family is still looking for answers and closure.

“Missing person files, or any other cases, are never closed until they are solved. We strive to find answers and bring closure to the families of missing loved ones. With the advent of new technology such as DNA, internet, social media and photo age enhancement, police are looking at further follow up,” said Cpl. Cheryl Bush.

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Investigators are hoping that by bringing this file out into the light, someone may recall some information that can assist investigators and provide some answers to Bette-Jean’s family. Anyone with information about this case, no matter how seemingly insignificant is asked to call Kamloops Rural RCMP at (250) 314-1800.

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