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Trevaline Evans, North Wales, Missing June 16, 1990
« on: September 25, 2010, 01:34:14 PM »
This story is verbatim related to Trevaline Evans, article in the CDN Edition on 28 June, 2010: For exactly two decades it has remained one of the most baffling mysteries police have faced- the case of the disappearing antiques dealer. Trevaline Evans put a note on her shop door on Saturday, June 16, 1990, saying "back in two minutes". The married 52 year old left Attic Antiques on Church Street in Llangollen at about 12:40 p.m. Approximately 20 minutes later she bought an apple and a banana and was seen crossing nearby Castle Street.It is thought she may have returned to her shop because a banana skin was found in a waste bin there, but no one saw her do so and her movements for the next 90 minutes are unclear. She had left her handag and jacket at the shop along with fruit and flowers which she intended to take home, but the last confirmed sighting was near Trevaline's home on Market Street at 2:30p.m.  As the 20th anniversary of her disappearance approaches, the huge search carried out for her in the days after she vanished remains one of the biggest police operations yet seen in North Wales.
In 1992, Det Chief Insp. Colin Edwards, who was heading the investigation, said: It is without doubt the strangest inquiry I have ever been involved with. "How a happily married woman could vanish without a trace on a sunny Saturday morning in a busy town centre is totally baffling".  On the morning of the 16th, Trevaline opened her shop as usual at 9:30 a.m., having parked her blue Ford Escort estate 30 yards away.  Some 25 friends and visitors called in at Attic Antiques, and all said Trevaline appeared to be happy and relaxed.  Her husband, Richard, was away that week, renovating their holiday bungalow at Rhuddlan near the resort of Rhyl, North Wales. 
        When the case was reopened in 2001, posters were put up around Llangollen and in neighbouring villages, with photgraphs and details of the last sightings.  All arrtist's impression of a man in a blazer apparently seen in her company had been circulated during the investigation in 1990. However, it failed to bring anyone forward and 11 years later detectives disregarded it as no longer accurate.
        Trevlaine's husband was arrested, interviewed and released without charge.  There have been numerous twists over the years including an apparent sighting in a remote town in Austraila.  Trevaline was also reportedly spotted in London and Interpol was called in to look at a possible sightings in France. 
       One of the strangest lines of inquiry was in 1993 when sniffer dogs scoured a canal bank near Llangollen. A woman had told police she was "overwhelmed" by a feeling that Trevaline was there. The previous year, woodland had been searched after a spiritualist medium said she was convinced police would find the antiques dealer at that location.
       Alongside the full scale investigaton and the case being reopened there have been numerous television appeals over the years. Both detectives who headed the original hunt and the later inquiry have since retired.       (Completed as written in the newspaper, which also has Trevaline's photo and a picture of her shop in the paper).

I find this story quite a mystery and almost sounds like something that Agatha Christie would write.


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