Real Names: Marty, Richard, and Noreen Smith
Case: Lost Siblings
Location: Lakewood, Colorado
Details: Aleatha Smith Evertz is searching for her siblings, Richard, Marty, and Noreen. Their parents, who married as teenagers, were seldom around to care for them, and five-year-old Aleatha often cared for her siblings by herself. At the time, Richard was just four, Marty was just three, and Noreen was just two. She remembered making chocolate milk and toast for them. When their parents separated in 1960, child services took them and placed them in the foster care system.
In July 1960, the children were placed in the care of foster parents Frank and Mary Anne Wiley. Finally, they had parents that cared for them. When living with the Wileys, they did chores and played around on their farm. In December 1962, however, they were returned to their father's custody. Unfortunately, he was negligent with their care again. Aleatha was once again left to take care of her siblings.
Eventually, concerned neighbors called the police and the children were put into separate foster homes. Four years later, after living in two abusive ones, Aleatha was returned to the Wileys. She loved them, but felt confused and lost as a result of the previous abusive foster homes.
Aleatha ran away from the Wileys' home, planning to go to Sand Springs, Oklahoma to find her natural grandmother. With the help of a local priest she searched the neighborhood for her grandmother's house, but was unable to find it. The priest dropped her off at a police station where she was identified as a runaway. She was then put back in the foster care system. For some reason, she was not permitted to return to the Wileys.
Although Aleatha eventually located and reunited with her birthparents, she never was able to find her siblings.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 13, 1991 episode.
Results: Solved. Thanks to viewers tips, Aleatha has been reunited with her siblings, but the facts behind the reunion were kept secret from the broadcast and the reunion was not filmed, because of the emotional pain that she had gone through in her and her siblings' childhood.