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Frances Shurtleff SESSIONS

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On 5/20/1946, Frances Taylor (Shurtleff) Sessions, her son Lee Sessions (age 6) and her nephew, Spencer Roberts (age 6) were visiting Frances’ Father Lee Shurtleff who was farming in the 100 Block above Harrison in Ogden, Utah. At approximately 2:00 p.m. Frances and the two boys went on a hike straight east from the farm to Bear Cave. As they were hiking, they got into loose shale and began sliding. Frances, who was sliding herself tried to grab the boys but was unable and the boys fell over some cliffs. Frances was able to carry her son down the mountain but he died while she was carrying him. The other boy was able to walk part of the way down where he was picked up by Lee Shurtleff.

Spencer was taken to the Hospital and survived. At 4:00 p.m., two hours after her 6-year-old son Lee was killed in a fall at Bear Cave on the Mountain Slope at the head of 2nd street, Frances disappeared from her parent’s home. A missing person report was made by Mrs. Tolhurst reporting Frances left her Father’s home, 916 26th Street (Ogden, Utah) After the accident in which her son was killed and has not been seen since. Frances was described as “Probably overcome with Grief.” Officers were given a description of Frances and the clothing she was last seen wearing, 5’3, 97#, aring dark grey slacks, blue blouse, brown shoes, fair complexion. Officers were told Frances was still wearing her clothes from the accident. Ogden Police Investigators pursued numerous leads across the United States, but Frances has never been located and remains a missing person.


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