Cold Case Missing Person Mary Ann Ruth Switalski of Chicago, IL

ViCAP Alert
Violent Crime, Cold Case, and Crime Analysis Units

Missing Person
Mary Ann Ruth Switalski,
missing since 7/15/63
from Chicago, Illinois.

Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 16
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 102 lbs.
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Hazel
Clothing: Black, sleeveless blouse; white shorts; straw sandals

Agency case #: B200225

Mary Ann Ruth Switalski last was seen at a carnival at St. Priscilla’s Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois, on 7/15/1963. Two days after her disappearance, Mary Ann’s parents received a letter postmarked from Oak Park, Illinois, and believed to be from her. The letter (apparently in her handwriting, but not her writing style) stated that she was fine and planned to make some money to support them. No further contact was made. It is believed that Mary Ann may have been coerced to join a door-to-door sales group that was headed to California.

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Mark Czworniak, Chicago Police Department, at 312-744-8261 or or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or

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