Coffeyville teen

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Loy’s parents were the late William and Jewell Gillespie.

In a March 1977 story in the Coffeyville Journal, William Gillespie described deep anguish and despair not just in his daughter’s disappearance but in the few, if any, clues into her whereabouts.

and among the longest unsolved missing persons cases in the nation. Ben Caldwell of the Kansas City Police Department’s missing persons unit.

More than 1,000 leads were put forth to law enforcement agencies.

“Obviously, crime fighting has changed tremendously since 1977,” said Caldwell about the prospects of Loy’s genetic materials being used to identify her remains.