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Constance Christine "Connie" Smith
Birth: Jul. 11, 1942
Wyoming, USA
Death: Jul., 1952
Salisbury
Litchfield County
Connecticut, USA

Connie was a friendly little girl with a tomboyish charm who loved animals, especially horses. She was the beloved ten-year-old daughter of Peter Smith and Helen Smith. She lived in Wyoming where her grandfather, Nels Smith, was a former governor of the state. She was spending part of the summer of 1952 at Camp Sloane, a YMCA camp in Salisbury, Connecticut. She had a great time enjoying all the outdoor activities. When she'd been there for two weeks, her mother and grandparents made the drive from Greenwich to celebrate her 10th birthday. A few nights later, she fell on the tent platform and hurt her hip, so she borrowed an ice pack from the infirmary, and then went to bed. The next day, it is thought that Connie was involved in a tussle with a camp-mate and ended up with a bloody nose. Then, on the morning of July 16, Connie told her tent-mates that she planned to forego eating breakfast because she wanted to return the ice pack. She then grabbed her red windbreaker and left. At some point later that morning, counselors found the discarded ice pack and determined the girl was missing. She still had a week of camp left, but it is believed that the visit from her mother and the tussle with the camp-mate had left her very homesick. Then, while walking to the dispensary, she realized she'd forgotten to bring the ice pack. And it is assumed that it was then that she decided to just go home, so she started walking away from the camp and down Indian Mountain Road. She was seen picking daisies along that road, and asked several people how she could get to Lakeville, Connecticut, which was about a half mile away. She was last seen walking on U.S. Route 44 near Salisbury later in the day attempting to hitchhike. She was never seen or heard from again. After camp counselors discovered she was missing, a massive search ensued but did not produce any clues as to where she went. The camp caretaker seemed to be the last person to see her walking on the side of the road away from camp. He stated that because she was tall for her age, he thought she was just a counselor taking a break. Foul play was suspected, but over the years the case went cold. However, Connie's daddy, Pete, never gave up hope, and went to Connecticut every year thereafter trying to find something to explain what happened to his little girl. There have been several suspects throughout the years, but no one was ever charged in the case. Connie is survived by her mother, Helen; her father, Pete; her brother, Nels; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jensen; her paternal grandparents, Nels and Marie Smith; and many other relatives. Sadly, her body was never recovered, and this is Connie's only place of remembrance.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Peter Franklin Smith (1914 - 2012)
  Helen Jensen Smith (1915 - 1961)
 
Burial:
Unknown
Specifically: Litchfield County, Connecticut
 
Created by: Always with Love
Record added: Nov 22, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8115400
Constance Christine Connie Smith
Added by: Always with Love
 
Constance Christine Connie Smith
Added by: Butterflyy
 
 
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Because We Never Knew Each Other Connie, I Decided To Come Visit You On Here Today. May You Rest In Eternal Peace Young Angel.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Feb. 20, 2015

- clover leigh
 Added: Jan. 16, 2015
XOXO!
- Kathy Ng
 Added: Oct. 17, 2014
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