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The Unsolved Murder of Sally Kelley

Series: Crime Corner | Story 11

COLFAX — The granddaughter of a Colfax banker in 1935 was found dead in Seattle after a four-hour disappearance.

On October 6, 1935, 7-year-old Sally Kelley went missing from her grandmother’s apartment in Seattle, plunging the community into a state of fear and suspicion.

Reports say Sally’s parents, Phyllis and Albert Kelley, had left her with Phyllis’ mother, Edith Coolidge, while they attended a dinner. That evening, Sally was seen playing in the hallway of her grandmother’s apartment building, Ben Lamond Apartments. She wore a red plaid dress and carried a yardstick.

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