In August 1975, Flora Stevens’ husband dropped her off at a doctor’s appointment in Monticello, New York. At the time, Flora was 36 years old and working at a resort in the Catskill Mountains.
When her husband returned to pick her up, Flora was nowhere to be found.
Authorities tried to find Flora, but her case went cold. It was as if she disappeared into thin air. Making matters even more difficult was the fact Flora’s husband passed away in 1985 and she had no living relatives.
But in September 2017, one phone call changed everything. An investigator with the New York State Police called the sheriff’s office near the Catskills. A woman’s skeleton had been found, and since they couldn’t identify the body, they were sifting through missing person reports. When they dug up Flora Stevens’ case file, they saw similarities between the two descriptions but couldn’t connect the two cases.
However, investigators did make an important discovery as a result of the phone call: Someone living in Massachusetts was using Flora’s Social Security number.
The person using the Social Security number was in fact named Flora — only her last name was not Stevens.
The following month, investigators tracked the woman down and showed her an old employee ID card from the resort where Flora once worked.
Suddenly, the 42-year-old missing person case was cracked wide open.
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