Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Ann Ellinwood was last seen April 15, 1978, in Pioneer Park in Corvallis. On April 15, 1978, the 12-year-old joined some friends for the annual March of Dimes walk-a-thon in and around Corvallis.
She was walking with two friends but began to fall back as they reached the bike path in lower Pioneer Park near Mary's River and Willamette River. Witnesses reported seeing a girl matching Ellinwood's description talking with a man with a small dog next to a maroon pickup and camp trailer, who they overheard telling the girl he was the police chief. Minutes later, the girl and the man were gone. She was never seen again.
Earl Fred "Woody" Chambers, a convicted sex offender, has been tied to the murders of 12-year-old Ann Marie Ellinwood and 11-year-old Stephanie Ann Newsom. Newsom's body was discovered by two farmers in a field about a mile north of Talbot in 1978. Chambers was subpoenaed to appear before the Benton County Grand Jury on June 6, 1978 to answer questions about the disappearance of Ellinwood but the Linn County Sheriff's Office discovered he had committed suicide on a remote logging road southeast of Lebanon.
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Corvallis Police Department