We are intrigued by unsolved mysteries, because it would seem almost impossible for anyone to totally vanish from the face of the earth at any time. This is especially true in our day and age when a host of computer data tracks everyone; yet bodies do disappear with astonishing frequency. In some cases it may be presumed that people wished to disappear, but then why? Even more unsettling is the realization that certain people may have gotten away with the perfect crime. Whether the unsolved mystery is more than a hundred years old or recent does not seem to make much difference. Perhaps the most enduring quality of an unsolved mystery is that it continues to haunt us.
Besides teaching middle school Jane Eppinga is an author and member of Southern Arizona Authors, National Federation of Press Women, Society of Woman Geographers, Southwestern Watercolor Guild, Arizona Historical Society, Pimeria Alta Historical Society, Superstition Mountain Historical Society, and Westerners International. She has a B.A. and B.S. from University of Arizona. Her latest books are Arizona Unsolved and Tucson Images of Modern of America. Finally, Jane recently returned from China where she was invited to present a paper for the Pearl S. Buck Symposium.