Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Beverly Potts was last seen on August 24, 1951 in west side Cleveland, OH. Beverly and her best friend, her next-door neighbor on Linnet Avenue, had walked the two blocks to Halloran Park after supper. A crowd of 1,500 people had gathered at Halloran Park to watch a group of entertainers. About 8:40 p.m., as darkness fell, her girlfriend left. But Beverly said she wanted to see the rest of the show and stayed.
When she wasn't home by 10, her worried parents called the friend and discovered she had been home for an hour. They went to the park and found it nearly deserted. Even before police arrived, neighbors were cruising the neighborhood in their cars or searching on foot with flashlights.
There was a wide search for the girl, but police could turn up nothing. In the days that followed, hundreds of police scoured the West Side for clues and interviewed thousands of persons. City park and sanitation workers were pulled off duty to search for evidence in parks, streams, culverts and fields.
A 13-year-old acquaintance said he remembered seeing Beverly walking diagonally across the park, headed in the direction of Linnet Avenue, presumably intent on going home. Because the August evening turned cool with an expected low of 47 degrees, there were fewer people sitting on their front porches who could have seen the girl going home. There were hundreds of tips which came in, but nothing panned out.
Police cleared the members of the Potts household of any wrongdoing. While Beverly was at the Showagon in Halloran Park, her mother, father, sister, and her mother's cousin were all watching a Cleveland Indians baseball game on television.
Police interrogated dozens of suspects, but couldn't make a case against any of them.
Beverly was a student at Louis Agassiz School at the time, and would have started the fourth grade. Beverly's mother, Elizabeth, died in 1956. Her father and sister has since died.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Cleveland Police Department
Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH) - Thursday, August 24, 2006