Circumstances of Disappearance:
Unknown. Ida resided with her family in
Florida in the mid-1950s. She became pregnant in 1955 at age 18 and
married her baby's father, Kenneth Gerald Anderson (nicknamed
"Jerry") shortly thereafter. They settled in the Detroit,
Michigan area and had two additional children by 1958. She was
hospitalized due to rheumatic fever and ulcers shortly afterwards.
Kenneth placed the children in a boarding home while Ida was ill. The
state of Michigan took custody of their children as a result of his
actions and Ida and Kenneth spent the next six months attempting to
regain their parental rights.
Ida was scheduled to receive
custody of her children in mid-September 1958, but no one is certain
if she was aware of that fact. She vanished on September 18 and has
never been heard from again. Ida's children were adopted by other
families due to her disappearance. Arrangements had been
made for Ida and the children to fly to Jacksonville, Florida after
she was awarded custody in 1958. Airplane tickets had been purchased,
but they were never used.
Ida's three children were
reunited in 1995 and began searching for her with the assistance of
other relatives. Ida has not been located as an unidentified deceased
victim and a search of hospital records has proven that she was not
admitted to any facilities in Michigan and surrounding states after
her 1958 disappearance under her name. Her family is concerned that
she may have been institutionalized or that she is homeless and does
not know her identity. Ida's case remains unsolved.