Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Ann disappeared while traveling from the Bashford Manor Mall to her home between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Ann was last seen at the Bashford Manor Mall in North Buechel while heading home from a friend's home. Her bicycle was found parked outside the former Bacon's store at the mall.
Ann speaks fluent Russian and English.
Police, firefighters and volunteers conducted a massive search for Ann in the days immediately after her disappearance. No trace of her was found.
Police believe Gregory Oakley Jr. followed Ann Gotlib to the parking lot at Bashford Manor Mall and abducted her, leaving only her bicycle behind.
In September 2008, police say an inmate who served time with Oakley at the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange told them Oakley had confessed to him that he killed Ann with an injection of a drug Talwin, a painkiller. Police say a polygraph test verified the witness was telling the truth.
After his arrest in 1984, Oakley was given a polygraph and asked about his involvement in the Gotlib case. Police say that Oakley failed the polygraph. They also say bank records from the former Liberty National Bank show Oakley made an ATM transaction at Bashford Manor branch of the bank just 100 minutes before Ann disappeared.
Oakley died after serving a prison sentence at the Lagrange reformatory for burglary, rape and being a persistent felon.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Louisville Metropolitan Police Department
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