Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Naomi was reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, April 12, 1981.
She was last seen by her boyfriend — Colbert “Billy” Beets — at her Cedar Rapids home located at 1618 13th Avenue SE, about 4 p.m. The couple had been dating about three years.
According to Colbert Beets, Wilson did not attend church that day as she usually did but otherwise behaved normally. Beets told police he went to Wilson’s residence after attending the church’s noon services, and that he and Wilson left her residence within minutes of each other.
Wilson was planning on getting gasoline for her car before going to visit a woman she worked with at the Harnischfeger Corporation plant. She was seen an hour later on the street and that was the last time that anyone saw her. The friend she was to visit reported that Naomi never showed up.
Naomi's car, a 1978 White Ford Fairmont with license number DOY 622, was found on Tuesday April 14th in a Kmart parking lot on 16th Avenue SE. The car was found by one of Colbert Beets’ brothers.
Raised in Birmingham, Ala., Wilson had moved to Chicago after high school, where she married Bennie Wilson, Colbert Beets’ nephew. The couple had moved to Cedar Rapids in the late ’70s and divorced three years earlier, at which time Wilson began dating Colbert Beets.
Those who knew her said it was uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Described as a level-headed and reliable individual, she’d just purchased her Cedar Rapids home and her vehicle the previous summer, and hadn’t given any indications there might be problems at work or in her personal relationships.
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Cedar Rapids Police Department
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