Colleen Vanita Simpson

Left: Colleen circa, 1975

Right: Age Progressed to age 52


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: October 5, 1975

Missing From: Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: December 5, 1960

Age: 14 years old

Height and Weight: 5’7″ and 90 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Black hair, Hazel eyes, Colleen has a mole on the left side of her chin, and she has a moon shoes scar just below her right elbow on her arm

NCMEC Number: 601905


Details of Disappearance

Colleen Simpson was last seen at her family’s residence on October 5th 1975. She was last seen during the evening hours. Colleen is believed to have gone missing in the night hours of October 5th. She’s never been seen or heard from since.

Little information is available about Colleen’s disappearance but a lead came when serial killer, William Bradford, was found to have a photograph of a woman who closely resembles Simpson. The girls father stated that the photograph is not of his daughter.

Colleen’s case remains unsolved. Her parents have both since died. Her case is classified as a non family abduction.


Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Taylor County Sheriffs Office 712-523-2153


Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network

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