Trudy Leann Appleby, age 11 was last seen on August 21, 1996 at her home in Moline, Illinois.
According to reports a vehicle drove up to the house and Trudy willingly stepped into a four-door silver/gray sedan with a white male described as Caucasian male in his twenties with brown/black curly hair to the shoulders wearing a baseball cap.
Her father Dennis Appleby still searches for her. Trudy's mother Brenda Appleby died tragically by a drunk driver October 10, 2014.
In Speaking with Trudy's best friend at the time Trudy vanished, Amber Holoderfield keeps Trudy and her family full of life in hopes to one day know exactly what happened that fateful day. She stated that no one actually saw Trudy in the vehicle, or her getting in to the vehicle. The house is off the street and not visible. Someone had to have known of the house in order to have pulled up and taken her.
Clyde is the family chow dog and most never let anyone in to the house. He was an unpredictable dog nevertheless with a stranger, thus the belief that the person which took Trudy knew the family and had been at the residence before.
Quote from the Moline Police Department Press Release
"Over the course of the last twenty one years, thousands of leads have come into the Moline Police Department and thousands of interviews have been conducted. The Moline Police Department has been informed that on the days leading up to August 21, 1996, Trudy Appleby requested to go swimming with a friend who resided on Campbell’s Island in East Moline. Trudy’s father did not allow her to go swimming, but phone records show she may have planned to go ahead with her swimming plans. A witness observed William “Ed” Smith in a similar vehicle near Smith’s residence in East Moline on Campbell’s Island in the late morning hours on August 21, 1996. The witness observed a younger female in the passenger seat of that vehicle and believed that person to be Trudy Appleby whom was personally known by the witness. The vehicle passed within a couple feet of the witness. Trudy Appleby’s whereabouts are unknown after the vehicle drove by and no other witnesses have come forward with information on any further sightings. Information obtained from the investigation showed that William “Ed” Smith often traveled to the area of Blackbird Island or Dynamite Island, which are only accessible by boat and are on the northern edge of Campbell’s Island. The investigation has shown that Smith had access to a vehicle similar to the one that was described as having picked up Trudy on the morning of August 21, 1996. Leads from the investigation show that particular vehicle may have been scrapped within a short time of Trudy’s disappearance.
Trudy's father is said to still live in the same house she was taken from.