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RandD

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#23
Sep 16, 2011
 
Sun Nov. 18, 1973, Lincoln Star
Wendy Hile, 15, Missing
FACTORS PUZZLING IN DISAPPEARANCE

Although there is no apparent evidence of foul play, a number of puzzling factors surround the disappearance of 15-year-old Wendy Hile, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Hile of 6222 Holdrege, who has been missing since Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Hile are both employed at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Wendy is the youngest of four daughters, who include Mrs. Linda Cummings, 28, Mrs. Barbara Waldrop, 25, and Kathy, 22. Wendy, a sophomore at Northeast High, was seen by a neighbor Thursdy on her way to school. She usually met and walked with a friend, Ann Hackman, but when Wendy didn't arrive at Ann's home, Ann left for school. When Mr. and Mrs. Hile come home Thursday evening, they received a telephone call from school officials, who wanted to know why Wendy had been absent. The Hiles called Wendy's friends and then telephoned police.

A Northeast High senior, David Ptacek, 1721 No. 62nd, said he saw Wendy Thursday afternoon in the hall at school talking with a group of girls. Wendy's girl friends, however, insist they haven't seen her since Wednesday. "Usually when kids run away there's an apparent reason - like trouble in school or with parents," Capt. Lowell Sellmeyer of the Lincoln Police Dept. said. "But this isn't the case with Wendy." Wendy visited with her former journalism and english teacher, Sue Filkins, last week. "She was really happy and entrhusiastic about what she was working on in journalism this year," Mrs. Filkins said. "I can't believe she would run away. She had a great relationship with her family and was really proud of them. Last year I took her home one evening and she even had me come in and meet them." Wendy was involved in many unfinished projects at home - sewing, making a rug, writing and redecorating her room. Two weeks ago, she discussed her wish to open a crafts shop with one of her sisters.

When Wendy left home Thursday she didn't take any money, which was available at home. She was wearing blue jeans, a blouse and a gray sweater. She tool only her books with her, and nothing has been charged on any of the family accounts. The Hiles said Wendy was so sensitive to other peoples' feelings that she cried on one occasion when her mother gave her a purse for no special reason. "We don't think she ran away," Mr. Hile said, "but there's always the possibility. We just want her back home now."

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Mon Nov. 19, 1973 Lincoln Star
POLICE STILL LOOKING FOR 15-YEAR-OLD

Police Lt. Al Maxey said there were no new leads Sunday in the disappearance of a 15-year-old Lincoln girl. Police said Wendy Hile, a tenth grade student at Lincoln Northeast, left for school at 6:40 a.m. Thursday and has not been heard from since. Police said there was a possibility that she could have been kidnaped, but no definite indications of a kidnaping have developed. According to police, there were no indications that Wendy was the type to run away. Lt. Maxey said specific officers have been assigned to the case and have checked with schoolmates, relatives, and work associates in their investigation. The family said Robert Sawdon, a private detective, has been hired to assist in the search for the girl.
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Sat Feb 02, 1974, Lincoln Star

REMAINS IDENTIFIED AS MISSING GIRL'S
By Gordon Winters, Star Staff Writer

Little was revealed by a pathologist's report on body parts that are believed to be the remains of Windy Hile, 15, who has been missing from her Lincoln home since Nov. 15, Lancaster County Atty Paul Douglas said Friday. Douglas said that the report showed that death had not been caused by a blow to the head, but no determination has been made as to cause, time or place of death. Douglas said, however, that he is "99% sure" that the head, forearm and other small bones are those of Wendy Hile. A dentist has identified dental work as that of Wendy Hile and her parents say a ring and a bracelet found at the scene belonged to Wendy, Douglas said. Investigation started after a farmer, Philip Rabstejnek, found a human head about noon Thursday on the edge of a ravine on land he owns near Table Rock, a small town located about 40 miles southeast of Lincoln. Other body parts parts including a forearm and foot parts were found scattered nearby, Douglas said. He said, however, that officials have "no evidence that indicates the body was dismembered."

The girl had been the object of a widespread search since she was reported missing Nov. 15. Police talked to over 300 people and amassed a file of reports about 2 1/2 inches thick, according to Inspector Robert Butcher. Robert Sawdon, a private investigator hired by the girl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Hile of 6222 Holdrege, said he had also talked to about 250 people in connection with the case.

Search Unsuccessful

A search of outlying areas of Lincoln by about 175 people on horseback Nov. 25 was unsuccessful. Butcher said that although police have received numerous reports from people who believe they have seen the girl since her disappearance, they have never been able to verify the reports from a secondsource. Those reports, Butcher said, included one from a student at Northeast High School (where Wendy was a sophomore) who said he saw Wendy talking to a group of girls in a hallway on Nov. 15. Another person said he saw her at a party on Nov. 16, Butcher said. A motorist told police Nov. 16 that the previous day he had seen a girl matching Wendy's description walking southeast along Hwy. 2. "The last time we can say for sure that she was seen was about 10:30 Wednesday night (Nov. 14)," Butcher said. "She was watching television and her parents told her to go to bed as they went to bed," Butcher said. When Mr. and Mrs. Hile left the home at 6:40 a.m. Thursday to go to work at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. they heard the radio playing in Wendy's room and assumed she was there, Butcher said.

Sawdon said that he had always believed foul play was involved in the case because of the "absolute absence of any indication she was planning to leave. She didn't even take a toothbrush. She didn't take any money," Sawdon said. A team of five Lincoln police officers headed by Lt. Roger LaPage, director of the major crimes unit, left for Table Rock Friday. Pawnee County Atty. Mike Donahue said that a total of about 20 law enforcement officers were combing the area. They included Offices from the State Patrol and the Pawnee County sheriff's office.
RandD

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Sep 16, 2011
 
Sat Feb. 02, 1974, Lincoln Star
FARMER WHO FOUND REMAINS HAD PASSED SPOT MANY TIMES
By Dean Terrill, Southeast Nebraska Bureau

Table Rock - The farmer who discovered a human head here said he finds it "real hard to believe" that it had lain on his propery since Novemeber. The head has been identified tentatively as that of a teenager Wendy Hile, who disappeared from Lincoln Nov. 15. Philip Rabstejnek, 57, who lives one maile east and one north of Table Rock, said the rest of the skeletal remains were found "within 20 feet of a spot I'd been walking past past ever since fall." He happened upon the head late Thursday morning as he took a slightly different route than usual to a parked combine. Spotting the headm "surrounded by leaves but right out in plain sight," Rabstejnek called Pawnee County Sheriff Charles Hall. Authorities then discovered other body parts about 75 feet away across a ravine.
Rabstejnek said coyotes probably had strewn the body parts. Although he was not present when the other body parts were found, he said that at least the head "still had some flesh attached." "One investigator told me later that it appeared the skull hadn't been there more than a coupld of weeks," said the farmer. Rabstejnek said he "should have noticed an odor" had the body been in the location during November's warm weather. He said it was possible, however, that it could have been dug recently from a grave by animals.
First informed by a reporter that the remains were believed to be those of Miss Hile, the farmer expressed surprise. He said he hadn't even been certain whether the head was male or female. "Hair had been strung out for 15 or 20 feet, probably due to coyotes," he said. "I didn't like finding it, I'll tell you." Although the discovery was made on Rabstejnek's land, about a quarter-mile from his house, the tract adjoins a park site just to the south. Heavily timbered, the area features an old Indian cave and the remains of a boulder from which Table Rock took its name.
The spot is only a mile east of Table Rock and about the same distance north of Neb. 4. Rabstejnek said the park itself was well-known, "not only by local people, but by some from quite a distance. People from Lincoln and all over are always stopping by our house inquiring of the exact location," he said. The farmer noted that the exceedingky steep access road is sometimes used by young drivers testing their vehicles. It has come to be known as "Goat Hill." The area was sealed off Friday morning by state patrolmen.
Shannon

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#34
Feb 7, 2012
 
The cops also narrowed it down by who was absent in school that day. That was another way they arrested MG.
pat

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May 30, 2012
 
George wrote:
Just wanted to know if anybody remembered the Wendy Hile and Mark Goldsberry incident that happened back in 1974.
i remember it very well,very sad time... i remember at northeast we had a moment of silence in her behave.
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#36
May 30, 2012
 
yes it was a very sad time. i remember having a moment of silence at northeast in her honor. he didn't do enough time for the crime he committed
Sue

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#37
Sep 27, 2012
 
I had not been on this post in a long while, couple years I guess. Just recently thought of Wendy again, for some reason, after all this time. I appreciate the article or blog you wrote, David. It did dredge up the emotions I felt SOOOO many,many years ago, upon hearing that they found the remains of what police believe belong to Wendy Hile... Heard it right on the radio, just like that, and I still remember it. It did cause fear and panic in the neighborhood of Bethany in Lincoln. Small town ,large town, who cares? Corn fields or not? Who cares? The loss of a friend is a life long tragedy and one zi will never forget. Thank you, David, for reminding us all how precious life is.
Ada

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#38
Dec 30, 2012
 
I woke up this morning thinking about Wendy. I also went to Robin Mickle with her. A couple of days before 9th grade I moved out of Lincoln.
Before another girl and I moved, we all went to a amusement park in Omaha. and we took picture's in a photo booth. I still have those pictures.
Reading this is making all the fears I had back then come up. I never came back to Lincoln and saw the group of girls who were so close in junior high after Wendy's death.
When they found her body I had bad dreams for a long time. I remember the rings and braclets she wore. She had long finger and could wear the most amazing rings. I have really short fingers, and she found a ring that look good on my hands. She gave it to me for my Birthday.
Back then there were a lot of little shops downtown and all of us would ride the bus together and go shopping. Almost every weekend we had a sleepover at someone house. Wendy was always laughing and had a great smile.
Melinda

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#39
Jan 28, 2013
 
I'm not sure but I think they found her in January. Some bird hunters found her, and the link that caused the police to figure it out was that Mark was absent from school that day, and her body was found on his grandparent's farm near Table Rock, Nebraska, about an hour southeast of Lincoln. Wendy was a good friend of mine, and my friend Ann and I were waiting in Ann's house to walk to school with her that day, and she never showed up. I lived a block from Mark, around the corner, Ann lived a block north of Mark's house. We kept going outside to look south to see if she was coming, but never saw her - if only we had looked a different minute, we might have seen her. I love and admire Wendy and miss her - she was a terrific girl and so fearless.
Melinda

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#40
Jan 28, 2013
 
Well, after reading the articles posted above that I didn't see before my comment, I stand corrected. She was found in February, not January, and it was a farmer who found her, not bird hunters. Doesn't matter, she is still gone, and still very much missed by all her many many friends.
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#41
Feb 27, 2013
 
Hi I'm from the Lincoln area and I just met Wendy's mother and heard the horrible story of what happened to Wendy. I googled the story and found this forum. Very touched and sadened by this story and feel very blessed that I got to meet her mother. Shes a wonderful woman and very very much keeps Wendy's spirit alive.
I just wanted you to know this story and her mother would be very happy and comforted to know the wonderful thoughts from the community and her classmates.
Trevor wrote:
Wendy was two years older than me and a good friend of my sister. She was in out home many times. Wendy was very pretty, had a beautiful smile, friendly, and an infectious laugh.
I recently returned to Lincoln on a visit. I drove past the home on 63rd and googled Wendy.
It changed all of our lives forever that knew Wendy. We lost a friend and gained fear.
Thank you for keeping her spirit alive.
Karen

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#42
Apr 19, 2013
 
I remember! The memory of the boy who murdered the girl in my school just popped into my head and I decided to google it. This forum came up. I didn't even remember their names, but now it is all coming back to me and I can't shake it from my head. I was a junior at Northeast at the time, and sat one aisle over from Mark in Social Studies class. He was very quiet, occasionally smiling across the aisle. I would see him out in the hallway with a "seemingly" girlfriend on many days. I was shocked when Wendy went missing, but even more shocked to find out that boy in the next aisle did it!! I can't find any news articles online. Would love to read more about the trial and his/her family.
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#43
May 13, 2013
 
I was reading about past murders that occurred in Lincoln and suddenly remembered Wendy Hiles name. I have never seen her mentioned all of these years and wonder why........seems like it was all swept under the rug. Anyway I went to pius HS's as did my boyfriend who lived at 63rd and Gladstone. I remember when this happened we were shocked to find out that mark dated the girl who lived across the street frlom my boyfriend. I vaguely remember meeting him. Does anyone else feel like this crime was really kind of dismissed? I am SO shocked to hear that this guy only served 14 years!!!!! What the?? Candice Harms..one of her killers died in jail and the other surely will. Brandon Tina's killer are on death row!! If I were Wendys parents or family I would be devestated to know this creep went on to college got married kids good job etc. Poor sweet Wendy never got to even reach her 16th birthday.

Curious Trudi

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#44
Aug 18, 2013
 
How strange. I just was asking about Wendy hile to my parents. I was young and went to mickle at the time. I remember driving past her house on holdrege afterwards and my parents would say that's where she lived. My older sister was friends with her next door neighbor Laurie and I know that it was just to close to home. I lived at 60th and Leighton but at the time I was so young my parents didnt want to say what happened to her. I thought I would google her tonight. I am glad to hear that people still have Wendy in their hearts. It is sad though that in this day and time people are out of employment and we have ex cons having positions that loyal, honest and truthful people need. Not saying mark is not that but it is sad.

I guess I just wante to see about the ordeal that I was sheltered from. The whole truth and what has happened.
Pam

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#45
Nov 22, 2013
 
Yes, I lived just down the street.
sue

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#46
Feb 17, 2014
 
All in all a very sad and tragic situation.
Shannon

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#47
May 15, 2014
 
I can't believe any woman in her right mind would marry this murderer, let alone have children with him. He will always be a scum bag. I feel sorry for his kids when they learn the truth about him, if they hav'nt already.

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