My theory is Paula Jean Welden committed suicide

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My theory is Paula Jean Welden committed suicide

Post by redpill on Mon May 08, 2017 9:54 pm

this is the story of Paula Jean Welden age 18





these photos were taken at or before 1946

i wonder if they have been re-touched.





Paula Jean Welden (October 19, 1928 – disappeared December 1, 1946) was an American college student who disappeared while walking on Vermont's Long Trail hiking route, the scene of several other unexplained disappearances around this time. The local sheriffs were criticised for their poor investigation, and this led to the creation of the Vermont State Police.

Background

Paula Welden was the eldest of four daughters of the well-known industrial engineer, architect and designer William Archibald Welden (1900–1970) and his wife Jean Douglas (b at Mount Kisco, New York, 1901–d. at Venice, Florida, 1976), née Wilson, of Brookdale Road, Stamford, Connecticut. Employed by the Revere Copper and Brass Company, W. Archibald Welden was the designer of many familiar household utensils, as well as stylish cocktail shakers and other objects.[1] Paula was a 1945 graduate of Stamford High School.[2]
Bennington College

In 1946, Welden was a sophomore at Bennington College in North Bennington, Vermont. Her college dormitory was Dewey House [3] one of the older dormitories on the college grounds, and which remains to this day. She was an art major but, dissatisfied with the faculty and her progress, was contemplating changing her major[citation needed]; she had discovered a newfound love of botany[citation needed]. Welden, a typical student, was sorting out her own interests from those of her parents and was trying to expand her circle of friends[citation needed]. She and her roommate were quite close and both realized how dependent they were on one another for a social life[citation needed]. Paula started to befriend other students and became involved in square dancing and hiking with groups of friends from Bennington College and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts[citation needed].

Welden worked part-time at the dining hall in The Commons on campus. On Sunday, December 1[citation needed] she worked the lunch shift. She decided to find and walk a portion of the Long Trail, a few miles from the campus. Paula knew of the famous trail but hadn't yet had an opportunity to hike it. She tried to get some other students to join her that day, but they were busy. Paula went by herself.[4][page needed]
Long Trail

After finishing her shift in the dining hall, Welden returned to her room and changed into walking clothes. Her clothing was adequate for the weather that afternoon but not for the anticipated drop in temperature that night. She packed no bag, took no extra clothing, and did not take any extra money. From all appearances, she did not expect to be gone more than a few hours. Welden walked down the campus driveway and hitched a ride from State Route 67A near the college entrance in North Bennington to a point on State Route 9 near the Furnace Bridge between downtown Bennington and Woodford Hollow. Local contractor Louis Knapp picked her up and drove her as far as his house on Route 9, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the Long Trail. From this point, Welden either hitchhiked or walked the rest of the way to the start of the Long Trail in Woodford Hollow.[4][page needed]

A group of hikers were walking down the trail as Welden was walking up. She approached them and asked them a few questions about the Long Trail. She continued walking in a northerly direction on the road portion of the trail now known as Harbour Road. Welden was on the Long Trail late in the afternoon and darkness was falling as she approached the end of Harbour Road. She may have continued into quickly darkening woods and it was presumed that she must have continued her Long Trail walk along the Bolles Brook valley, although there are no known confirmed sightings of her past the Fay Fuller Camp.[5]
Search
Original missing person flyer for Welden, dated 1946.

Welden didn't return to campus. Her roommate thought she must have gone to the library to study for exams, but the next morning, Welden still hadn't returned. Once the college administrators were notified, they immediately started a search of the campus itself. The Bennington County State's Attorney was notified, and the county sheriff was brought in to help with the search. Over the next couple of days, her visit to the Long Trail was discovered when one of the hikers she had approached identified her from the photo in the Bennington Banner newspaper, where he worked.[6]

Weeks of searching ensued. The college closed for several days, and the students and faculty participated in organized searches. Hundreds of volunteers, family members, National Guard troops, students, and firefighters searched for her to no avail. Ground and air searches concentrated on the Long Trail up as far as Glastenbury Mountain (ten miles to the north), the trail's various branches, and along Vermont Route 9 from Bennington to Brattleboro. Most of those searching assumed Paula had gotten lost in the woods. When no clues were found as to her whereabouts, other theories started to be considered.[7]
Connecticut State Police investigation

Alternative theories speculated that she had been in unusually high spirits and had decided to run away to start a new life, was going to meet a secret lover and went off with him, or had become injured and suffered from amnesia.[8] Darker theories speculated that Paula was depressed and may have committed suicide, she might have been kidnapped or murdered.[9]

At the time of Paula's disappearance, there was no state police organization in Vermont, and the state's attorney, county sheriff and state investigator Almo Franzoni were responsible for the investigation. Paula's father pressed the investigators and the governor to bring in additional professional law enforcement help. Vermont's governor asked Connecticut's governor to lend assistance. Connecticut State Police detective Robert Rundle and state policewoman Dorothy Scoville were assigned to the case. They interviewed every person who saw, or thought they saw Paula, every person who lived along the route she took or who were simply in the vicinity of the Long Trail on that December afternoon.

Investigators discovered that one of the last people to see Paula alive was a man who lived along Harbour Road. He was in the midst of an argument with his girlfriend when she walked by. The man stormed off in a jealous rage shortly thereafter and depending on different statements he made, he went to his shack and spent the evening by himself, or he drove his truck up the travel portion of the trail (where Paula was heading). He lied to police on several occasions and was a person of interest in 1946 and again in 1952 when the case was revisited. Reportedly, he told at least two people that he knew within a hundred feet where Paula was buried but later claimed it was just idle talk. When no evidence was found that a crime had actually been committed, no body was ever discovered, and no forensic clues were identified, this avenue of the investigation ended.[4][page needed][10][11]
Aftermath

The manner in which Paula's disappearance was handled was sharply criticized by Paula's father and many others.[12][13] He pointed out that the lack of a statewide law enforcement organization and the lack of training of local sheriffs contributed to a poorly run investigation.[12] Within seven months of Paula's disappearance, the Vermont legislature created the Vermont State Police.[14]
Other cases

In the same general area where Welden disappeared, at least four other unexplained vanishings were reported to have taken place between 1945 and 1950. Due to the strangeness of these events, Vermont broadcaster and author Joseph A. Citro dubbed the wilderness area northeast of Bennington "the Bennington Triangle" – a reference to unexplained disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.[15][16]


if you go through my blog there are plenty of white females like Paula Welden who committed suicide age 18, who didn't tell anyone, left no suicide note.

for example

Elsa Scaburri was 21 when she committed suicide, also by hanging week of march 30, 2017. she was studying French and Italian at Bristol University

A Bristol University spokesperson said: “We understand from her family that Elsa took her own life"






Miranda Williams, took her own life just three weeks into her first term Fall of October 10, 2016 at age 19. She was a philosophy major at Bristol University. Philosophy student Miranda Williams, 19, had struggled with anxiety and depression and is understood to have taken her own life




21 year old Ao "Olivia" Kong Penn state - not white female but a college student, no explanation ever given for her suicide



19 year old Morgan Ingram



in case of Paula Jean Welden age 18 her roomate said she was in a funk, wanted to change majors, had no boyfriend they knew of. she left afternoon the sun sets early with relatively little warn clothing so she could easily die of cold and hypothermia.

seems hard to imagine why she would leave with so little clothing in the middle of winter where the sun sets early. instead of turning around and returning home as it started to get dark. other hikers who met her said she continued down the long trail, rather than returning home, as it was getting dark.

sounds suicidal to me.

I think she continued walking along the trails, and when it was really dark, killed herself her body somewhere in the trail.

when search and rescue volunteers looked for her, she was already dead. obviously they never found her body.

possibly under some ferns and brush, are where the bones of Paula Welden rest.

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