Effort to find missing Otsego woman seeks help with flier

3-19 Kathy flier

March 17, 2015 – 15:40

The latest chapter in the attempt to find Kathy Sue Wilcox could begin with someone seeing a flier and making a call.

Her sister, Karen Ortegel, and a group of supporters are continuing to spread the word online—mainly through a Find Kathy Sue Wilcox Facebook group—and in person.

“At this point, all I can do is continue to promote her being gone and efforts to support tips that would lead to finding her,” Ortegel said.

She’s seeking to let people know that a fund has been established through Silent Observer that would collect donations to be used as a reward for information that lead to finding her sister. Wilcox disappeared from their home in Otsego in 1972. In 2011, an Otsego native, Shannon Froeber, revived interest in the missing person after first learning about it and finding information online. Froeber created the Facebook page with Ortegel’s permission.

“The main thing I’ve published on Facebook and the avenues I have is not everybody will be called to contribute to this,” Ortegel said. “I’m asking them to prayerfully consider to share the flyer and promote awareness of Kathy and of the Silent Observer fund.”

Ortegel, who lives in Montana, said she is very thankful for all the people who have helped her.

“I am overwhelmed with the growing number of people who are joining the work we’re doing to try to find Kathy,” she said. “I still get messages from people who say ‘Wow, I never knew.’

“The support has been just incredible, just people writing and saying they keep Kathy in their prayers and other people who support me though some difficult times with their offers of ‘Please call,’ ‘We’re here for you,’ things like that.”

Checks and correspondence can be sent to Silent Observer of Allegan County C/O Allegan County Treasurer, P.O. Box 259, Allegan, MI 49010. Checks should be made out to Silent Observer of Allegan County.


Checks need to be followed by an email to mlarsen@allegancounty.org so Capt. Mike Larsen can tally the amount earmarked to help find Kathy Sue Wilcox.

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