Alice Mae <I>Barnes</I> Van Alstine

Alice Mae Barnes Van Alstine

Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Death 26 Mar 1976 (aged 28)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 143525739 · View Source
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Alice Van Alstine, a 28-year-old former Minutemen sympathizer who made attempts to leave the paramilitary organization was abducted from her Des Moines apartment March 26, 1976, never to be seen alive again.

Officials believe she was killed the night of the abduction, but her remains have never been recovered.

Alice Mae (Barnes) Van Alstine was born May 23, 1947, and graduated from Albia High School in 1965 at the top of her class. Former principal Rolle Foster called her "a very active student."

Alice loved all kinds of animals, and enrolled at Iowa State University after high school with plans to become a veterinarian. She dropped out after running out of money for tuition, but talked about illustrating a veterinarian textbook. She continued to dabble in art and poetry at the Indianola writer's workshop.

She married Lee Harlow Andre in a Des Moines Mormon church on July 15, 1967, and they later reaffirmed their vows in Utah. The had four children: April, Lance, Crystal, and Erich. The couple divorced Jan. 3, 1975.

Alice married Merlyn Everett Van Alstine on Jan. 3, 1975, and they divorced Jan. 1, 1976.

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  • Created by: Jody Ewing
  • Added: 8 Mar 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 143525739
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Mae Barnes Van Alstine (23 May 1947–26 Mar 1976), Find a Grave Memorial no. 143525739, ; Maintained by Jody Ewing (contributor 47271115) Body lost or destroyed.