Lula Gillespie-Miller is the woman making headlines today after she was found last week living under an alias and listed as missing for 42 years. When Gillespie-Miller left in 1974 at 28-years-old she left her children behind and she has not seen them since that day. New details have emerged suggesting that this woman may have had so much more on her plate when she vanished decades ago besides feeling that she was too young to be a mother, as originally reported.
Gillespie-Miller was found by an Indiana detective who worked on her cold case after he was contacted by the Doe Network, an agency that helps people find their missing loved ones. Her daughter Tammy, who never met her mother, was actively pursuing a search for her mother and contacted this agency. The Doe Network in turn asked Scott Jarvis, an Indiana State Police sergeant, for his help, reports News Oxy reports on March 26.
When Lula-Gillespie-Miller left in 1974, she signed her children over to her parents and left. The next year her family received a letter from her, but that was the last time Lula Gillespie-Miller was heard from.
The question that has been festering after folks all over the globe have heard about this mom who has been found after 42 years is – why did she leave in the first place?
DB Techno reports on March 26 that a 2014 post on the website justiceforjasonbolton.com, which was allegedly written by her daughter Tammy, may offer some clues. It seems that Lula Gillespie-Miller was overwhelmed, but the responsibilities of motherhood were not the only problem that she faced back then.
Tammy’s post describes her mother as a young widow with four children after her husband was killed in a car accident in 1969. The information that she posts next paints a sad picture for this woman.
Gillespie-Miller was attacked raped, beaten and left for dead by four men, who she was able to identify for the police. This post offers the grisly details of how Tammy was told her mother was thrown over a bridge after this reported attack, but she managed to crawl up the embankment and live. After naming her attackers, there was no report ever filed on this crime. Then the next day she was gone.
This report is not verified and it is reported as coming from her daughter’s post on a website from back in 2014, while actively searching for her mother. Now there are more questions than answers. If this is true, is Gillespie’s disappearance part of a criminal cover-up? Was this a story somehow a misunderstanding by her daughter, which makes it easier to fathom her mother’s long disappearance? Was this a story told to her daughter to soften the blow of having an absent mother?
In the post, Tammy Miller claims that everyone who lives in Laurel, Indiana, which is the family’s hometown, knows this story. This piece of the story was left out of the original reporting of Gillespie-Miller being found.
When Jarvis set out to find Tammy’s missing mother, he followed up leads. One lead entailed comparing Tammy’s DNA with that of a dead woman with a similar description of Gillespie- Miller. When finding out that the dead woman was not Tammy’s mother, another lead brought Jarvis to Texas. With the help of the Texas Rangers, Jarvis knocked on Gillespie-Jarvis’s front door on Thursday of last week.
The woman he found was Gillespie-Miller, now 69, is living in a small Texas town under an alias. After talking to the missing woman she reportedly said that she left decades ago because she felt she was too young to be a mother.
Gillespie-Jarvis has not committed any crime, she didn’t legally abandon her children, she signed their care over to her parents back in 1974. For this reason her privacy is respected and the alias she had been living under will not be divulged, neither will the name of the small town in Texas that she calls home today.
The missing mom did however agree to allow Tammy to contact her, which was something Tammy was planning to do over the Easter weekend. There sounds as if there is so much more to the story than meets the eye today.