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|Potential Opening in Decades-Old Missing Woman Case
|The Knox County Sheriffs Department has determined that another local woman has been missing for decades.
Sheriffs Department officials announced Sunday morning that Helen "Ruth" Alps has been missing since the late-1980's or 1990's -- close to the time period with which they believe the skeletal remains of another woman missing was discovered in the East Galesburg brickyards.
They say Alps was last seen in the Knox County area by her ex-husband, around the same time a daughter spoke with her by telephone inviting her to move to Oregon.
Alps was described as being a nature lover, and often took walks in the East Galesburg Brickyards. They say she lived in Knoxville until her divorce around 1984, then at a home in Wataga, and then possibly at an apartment on North West Street after 1987.
For reasons they say they don't know, Alps was initially ruled out as being the victim when the skeletal remains were found in the brickyards. Those remains were found 17 years ago Sunday, and were initially thought to be that of Lula Cora Hood, until it was discovered two years ago she was living in Florida under a different name.
Ruth Alps is being described as being around five feet, two inches tall, and heavy set with blonde hair and blue eyes, and having some dental problems.
Anyone who might know where Alps is should call the Knox County Sheriffs Department. More information can be found by CLICKING HERE, or by going to the Knox County Sheriffs Department Facebook page.
(Ruth Alps in 1986)
(A rendering of what the woman whose remains were found in the 1990's in East Galesburg might have looked like. Submitted photos/graphics.)
|05 05 13 by Newsroom
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