TRUDY LEANN APPLEBY
MOLINE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBER: 309-797-0401
MOLINE POLICE DEPARTMENT CASE NUMBER: M96D8063
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN
CASE NUMBER: NCMC822441
NAMUS/MISSING PERSONS PROFILE NUMBER: #2300
NCIC NUMBER: M956021571
GO FUND ME FOR TRUDY
DATE OF BIRTH: 9-4-84
AGE AT THE TIME OF ABDUCTION:11 YEARS OLD
MISSING SINCE: 8-21-96
MISSING FROM: MOLINE, ILLINOIS (ROCK ISLAND COUNTY)
PARENTS: DENNIS APPLEBY AND BRENDA GORDON (BRENDA GORDON IS DECEASED)
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 4'8, 75 LBS
CLOTHING: BLACK STRETCH BICYCLE SHORTS, A SHIRT, BLUE NIKE DECK SHOES WITH WHITE SHOELACES AND WHITE SOCKS. SHE ALSO BROUGHT ALONG SWIMWEAR AND A TOWEL.
OTHER: SCAR ON HER NECK AND CHEST.PIERCED EARS.THERE IS DENTAL INFORMATION ON FILE AS WELL AS DNA IN CODIS.
DETAILS OF CASE:
Appleby's father departed from their family's residence to report to work at approximately 9:00 AM on August 21, 1996 in Moline, Illinois. A neighbor saw Appleby enter a silver or gray box-style vehicle near their home at approximately 10:30 AM. The driver of the vehicle is described as being his twenties at the time with curly brown hair. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap. Neither Appleby nor her suspected abductor have been seen again.
Authorities believe that Appleby may have known the vehicle's driver. Her family's residence was located off of the main road and was not visible from the street. She took a swimsuit and a towel before departing from her home. She left approximately $200 behind, which her father said she saved for an upcoming vacation. Appleby's parents believe that David Whipple, the father of one of her friends, was involved in her case. He was convicted of child molestation charges after Appleby vanished. Whipple took several of his family members to Credit Island near Davenport, Iowa on August 21. Appleby frequently accompanied Whipple's relatives to the river. Her parents theorize that she may have been injured in an accident or was the victim of foul play during the excursion. Investigators have been unable to determine if Appleby accompanied Whipple's family to Iowa. He has never been named as a suspect in her disappearance, but authorities said he remained a person of interest. Appleby's case remains unsolved.
20TH ANNIVERSARY VIGIL: 8/21/2016 (Excerpts from 2 different articles)
QUAD CITY TIMES ARTICLE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIGIL
WQAD.COM ARTICLE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIGIL
FATHER: DENNIS APPLEBY AT 20TH VIGIL
EXCERPTS FROM THIS ARTICLE BELOW
Unrelated arrest adds twist to vigil for Trudy
Aug 22, 2002
Brenda Gordon Obituary
Survivors include her daughter Trudy Appleby, her parents, John and Ann Eddleman, sister Anita (Tom) Parkinson, Aledo, IL, brother Ray (Lynda) Eddleman, Moline and her nieces and nephews, Halie, Madison, Wesley and Tyler.
MISSING TRUDY APPLEBY FB PAGE
WQAD ARTICLE ON BRENDA GORDON'S DEATH
QCTIMES-Rock River Searched
NBC News-20 Years
KWQC NMCD Article May 2017
Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities already offers $1,000 for an anonymous tip to
Interview with David Whipple
Interview with Dennis Applby