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Disappearance of six-year-old still haunts Pennsylvania town 54 years later

Authorities say there was never physical evidence at the scene of Kathleen Shea’s disappearance in 1965. No left-behind backpack, lunch box, pencil, or any other item the six-year-old may have been carrying on her walk to school.

“Her disappearance was never witnessed by anyone,” Trooper Dana Martini of the Pennsylvania State Police Cold Case Unit told Dateline. “She went missing from a small, otherwise very safe community. Despite it being 54 years later, her name is mentioned quite consistently.”

Kathleen Shea was last seen in Tyrone, Pennsylvania around 12:10 p.m. on March 18, 1965. Kathleen was in the afternoon Kindergarten class at Adams Elementary School. The school was a short, four-block walk from her family’s home, and walking to school alone was Kathleen’s daily routine.




Kathleen Shea. Age progressed to 48 years old, right.