Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Kathleen was last seen on her way to school. She was last seen traveling north between 15th and 16th streets, walking from her home to Adams Elementary School—about four blocks away. Kathy Shea was a kindergartner at Adams Elementary School, located at West 17th Street and Adams Avenue. Along the way a crossing guard helped her across 15th Street, and she spoke to a woman who was watching from her North Avenue home to make sure her own daughter reached the school safely.
Kathy lived with her two brothers, Todd and Kevin, her mother, Mary Alice, and father, James, a papermill foreman, at 513 West 14th Street, a relatively new home. It was less than half a mile from the school.
Hours passed before anyone realized Kathy was missing. The kindergarten teacher thought Kathy was out sick, as she’d been ill that week,
and her mother thought she was at school.
When Kathy was late coming home, Mary Alice began to call around.
State and local police became involved.
Bloodhounds tracked Kathy to Garfield Street and North Avenue, leading investigators to believe she may have entered a vehicle at that point.
The search carried on for the next 11 days and reportedly involved thousands of searchers.
More than 2,000 individuals was interviewed.
A patrol boy related that back in November or December of 1964, he was approached by a man in dark car. He wanted the boy to point out Kathy Shea. The 11-year-old pointed her out as she was walking with two other children. Then on March 17, 1965, the day before Kathy disappeared, a man of similar appearance (between 45-50, needing to shave) was seen in the area of the school, not by by two patrol boys. The man was never identified.
No trace of Kathy has ever been found. Law enforcement officials checked out many leads, all with negative results.
Her parents, Mary Alice and James Shea, died in 1997 and 2006.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police
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