The search continues for Kathy Wilcox who left her Allegan County home 50 years ago

Tuesday marked 50 years since a West Michigan teenager went missing in Allegan County.

Decades later, family and friends are hoping someone knows what happened to Kathy Sue Wilcox.

Karen Wilcox said she spent years blaming herself. Police originally listed Kathy as a runaway after a situation arose at their home.

Wilcox hopes hearing this story can help end this cold case.

“I feel like I can’t remember what our voice sounds like. And sometimes it bothers me that I can’t even remember what our voice sounds like,” Wilcox told FOX 17.

Kathy Wilcox was a small town girl from Otsego.

“She was light-hearted. She was brave and brave. She really didn’t seem to be afraid of anything,” Wilcox said.

Half a century later, his sister hopes someone can help solve this case.

“There may be great hope that there’s a person who goes to bed tonight thinking, ‘I gotta tell somebody when I know. I gotta tell somebody, what I know. I need this family to have all this information. I need to tell them,” Karen said.

Many in Otsego feel the same way.

“You just have to keep hoping someone knows something. And maybe a clue pops up. You just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I don’t believe you can give up,” Ronnie Marks said. , classmate and childhood friend.

On July 12, 1972, Kathy, who was only 15 at the time, had a fight with her stepmother about boys.

Karen says she doesn’t remember what was happening, but remembers that she was the one who told her stepmother.

“I guess Kathy’s face got slapped or something. You know, she stomped out the steps, and you know, she said, ‘I’m never gonna tell you anything again. Yours. is this not ?’ She told me that. And that was it. You know, I never saw her again after that,” she added.

The brown-haired, blue-eyed girl, who was once 5-foot-4 and 130 pounds, would look very different. She would be in her sixties today.

Karen says that a few years ago she was able to find peace.

She says that while on a spiritual journey with a friend, she came to accept that she may never see her sister again.

“I mean, I accepted, I strongly believe, you know, that she left us,” she said.

Although she and others who knew Kathy are still waiting for answers.

“It would be nice to have a closure story. However, it’s coming out.” said Mark.

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