Unsolved Mystery On Old Avard Road (13/03/1956)
[Mildred Ann (Newlin) Reynolds photo on the left. On the right is a Map of Woods County, T25-R14W WIM, with a red X marking the spot of Mildred Ann Reynolds death.]
Darlene Haltom Dyer left the following comment concerning the "Unsolved Mystery of Mildred Ann Reynolds death, March 13, 1956. In our OkieLegacy newsletter, Vol. 5, Iss. 16 Darlene says:
"My name is Darlene Dyer but my maiden name was Haltom. My father Everett Haltom ran the Haltom General Store in Hopeton. I remember my family talking about the Reynolds girl and the death. I was in the first grade at that time and was attending the Friendship Country School located on the road (I think about a mile or so from where the burned up car and body were found).
"I remember investigators coming to the school and asking us if we remember seeing anything unusual. Someone had seen a pickup go by and gave a description, I think. One of the kids said, 'My daddy has a truck like that.' She lived close by but I remember thinking that I sure would not say that. They might thing her dad did something bad.
"I heard stories -- one that they had found a shoe along the road and there was speculation that someone had tried to do something to her and she had ran trying to get away and lost her shoe in the scuffle. I also remember people talking, thinking that there may have been some trouble between her and the husband, but it may have just been gossip.
"My Aunt Gladys Lyle ran a little laundry in Hopeton at the time and if I recall correctly she had said that the Reynolds lady (Mildred) had been there that day just an hour or so before the death. At least that is what I recall as a child.
"I've always wondered what really happened out there. I remember some time later all of us in the little school took a field trip down the road to the site where it happened. Couldn't help but think about how awful it must have been that day. I hope this can be solved someday -- but it has been a long time and lots of people who might know more detail have died."
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