Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Janice Pockett left her home on Anthony Road in Tolland, in eastern Connecticut by bicycle in the afternoon of July 26,1973 and was never seen again. She was going down the road to look for a butterfly she had left on a rock. Her bicycle was found nearby Rhodes Road adjacent to a wooded area. It is still kept by the state police as potential evidence.
Despite several searches that included thousands of volunteers, there has never been any clue as to what happened to her. A common theory is that Pockett was pulled into a car, since no trace of her has been found in the area.
Convicted child killer named Charles Pierce from Massachusetts reportedly confessed to killing her but could never lead police to her remains. Pierce is now dead. There have been other suspects but none that have panned out.
Her disappearance may be inked to those of Debra Spickler of Mystic who disappeared in 1968 and Lisa White who was last seen walking near a Vernon park on November 1, 1974.
Janice was going to start third grade after the summer. Her parents, Kathryn and Ronald Pockett, has since passed away.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Connecticut State Police