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Illinois Quad-City authorities searched property Friday in Trudy Appleby case
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Illinois Quad-City authorities searched property Friday in Trudy Appleby case

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Illinois Quad-Cities authorities searched a property Friday as they continue to investigate the disappearance of Trudy Appleby.

No one has seen Appleby since Aug. 21, 1996, when the 11-year-old disappeared.

Moline police Detective Jon Leach, also MPD’s spokesman, said authorities had continued to receive tips in the case from the public after they publicly identified David L. Whipple, 59, of Colona, and Jamison A. “Jamie” Fisher, 45, of Silvis, as persons of interest in the case in August 2020.

A plot of land, which once was occupied by a home, was searched Friday in the 3600 block of 4th Avenue in East Moline as area authorities followed up on a recent tip. Property records show that property belongs to Fisher.

Both men had ties to the late William “Ed” Smith, another identified person of interest in the case who investigators have said they believe to be the last person seen with Appleby. Smith never said anything to police that indicated knowledge of Appleby’s disappearance and died Dec. 23, 2014.

Whipple, according to authorities, was Smith’s son-in-law and Fisher was a friend of Smith’s family. Authorities said in August that Whipple was interviewed in 2017 and also in 2002.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or call Moline police directly at 309-524-2140.

Some of the more recent coverage of the Appleby disappearance

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Trudy Appleby’s life should be somewhere by now -- a collection of successes and failures, happiness and tragedy.

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Trudy Appleby, an 11-year-old-girl, went missing on Aug. 21, 1996. She was last seen on Campbell’s Island. She has not been found, but the Mol…

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When it rains, it pours, and Ray Eddleman was in a deluge.

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MOLINE — Police have confiscated a boat they hope may shed light on the disappearance of Trudy Appleby. 

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The Moline Police Department along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have seized a boat believed to be connected to the Trudy Appleby i…

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Every day, Ray Eddleman says he wakes up scared.

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The family and friends of Trudy Appleby will hold a vigil for the missing Moline girl at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, 121 Avenue of…

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The Moline Police Department is continuing its campaign to find Trudy Appleby.

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Moline Police and other Quad-Citians were handing out fliers Tuesday in hopes someone will come to them with information about Trudy Appleby.

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Two billboards will be placed in East Moline seeking information in the 1996 disappearance of Trudy Appleby.

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Dennis Appleby said he always has hope of one day locating the remains of his daughter, Trudy, who at age 11 was last seen getting into a car …

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The father of a girl who has been missing for 21 years personally challenged a man he thinks may have information that will lead to the discov…

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Amber Holderfield awoke to a tearful phone call Thursday from her mother with news about her childhood friend, Trudy Appleby, who disappeared …

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If the witness statements are true, then the last thing we know of Trudy Appleby is that she vanished off a late August street into the doors …

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