Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Beverly Ward was last seen on July 4, 1978 in Junction City, Kansas. Beverly’s mother, Bernia Ward, reported her missing at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Independence Day 1978, after a family member discovered she had disappeared from their single-story family home, located at 227 W. 11th Street.
There were three, possibly four, people in the home at the time she vanished - all family members. Beverly’s family never was suspected of any wrongdoing in the case. Police think someone came in through her bedroom window, after cutting the screen and tossing it aside. Fingerprint lifting was attempted at the time of the abduction, but none were discovered. Damage to the bedroom window was noted.
Beverly was not, at any time, considered to be a runaway. Her bags were packed, and her money was left precisely where she’d placed it, in preparation for an upcoming summer camp she was planning to attend.
She was born and raised in Junction City. Her parents were married with five daughters and three sons.
The circumstances surrounding Beverly’s presumed kidnapping and her whereabouts are still unknown.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Junction City Police Department