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Second Holiday Victim Movie Car Goes Off Curve, Woman 17th Fatality No Signs of Violence on Long-Missing Nixa Woman Just by Chance Did Farmer Hunt Cattle, Find Carol Blades' Body morning, the highway patrol Blades. The last 24 hours of the glade to see see if he could locate the stock. "I saw something white shining," he said, "and I wondered to myself when I lost a cow I didn't know about." As he approached, however, vestigate. In the absence of 8 coroner, Sheriff Barnes also acted as coroner. A thorough search of the area was made and the remains gathered up and taken to Harris Funeral Home in Ozark.

"If I had walked up on that body a year ago," said Wilhelm, "it would have been a shock. As She was seen at a store in Nixa, where she bought cookies. Her clothing was found in a laundry in Nixa, and the car she drove was found abandoned be-1 side U.S. 160 on the west edge of Nixa. "There were no skull fractures," the sheriff said, "and no bloodstains on the clothing that we could detect, with our eyes." The clothing is to be sent to the state patrol laboratory in Jefferson City for analysis.

If it had not been for an unusual set of circumstance, perhaps the body would have remained undiscovered for many more days. Although yesterday was Christmas Day, Ernest Wilhelm, 73, of Route 1, Galena, and his said, and was injured when the car ran off the road and over turned twice miles east of Strafford. State Police said Gary Dean Smith, 21, Route 1, was taken to Cox Medical Center with bruises and abrasions after the 5:30 a.m. wreck. Two persons were injured yes terday when their auto ran off the right side of Mo.

5, crossed the road, went off the left side and struck a telephone pole and a tree a mile north of Cam- denton at 4:40 p.m. The driver, Gilbert Walters, 36, Camdenton, was taken to Camdenton Medical Center with leg injuries and facial lacer ations. His passenger, Ineta Purcell, 41, Camdenton, received a head contusion. Joyce Marie Ncwmen, 19, of 804 Nichols, was taken to Phelps County Hospital in Rolla with head and right hand lacerations and possible head injuries after another one-vehicle wreck, at 4:05 p.m. yesterday.

She was in an eastbound car driven by Terry M. Hottin, 17, St. Louis, state police said, when it veered to the left shoulder of 1-44, cut back to the right side of the highway and overturned 4 miles east of Rolla. Ffe IAUU tUftVUC fl tfunn nMint In Thret Of Hn Greatest Hiti (1) "Th. Undefeated" (2) "The Sam Of Katie Elder" (3 "Mclintotk" 1 DRIVE IN THEATKt sincere toast to our wonderful UrUXQ customers CLOSED for CHRISTMAS A Christmas Day traffic tragedy in Dent County has sent the Ozarks death toll for December to 17.

The second person to die on area roads during the holiday weekend was identified by the state patrol as Jewel L. Smith, 53. St. Louis. Mrs.

Smith was injured about 5:25 p.m. yesterday when her vehicle went off the left side of a Mo. 72 curve and overturned several times 2 miles west of Sa lem. Taken to Phelps County Hos pital in Rolla, Mrs. Smith died at 8:45 p.m.

The body was taken to Spencer Funeral Home in Salem. In other area accidents: A LaUe Ozark man was injured early this morning when his car went out of control on Mo. 42, ran the left side of the road over an embankment and overturned 8 miles east of Vienna. Troopers said Lawrence H. Albright.

64, was taken to Phelps County Hospital in Rolla for treatment of multiple con fusions, lacerations and abra sions of the left side of his face, neck and left arm, shoulder con tusions and possible concussion. The patrol said Albright would be cited on a complaint of care less and imprudent driving as result of the 2:45 a.m. wreck. A Barry County smashup last night sent Charles Allen Hedley, 22, Bclton, to South Barry Coun ty Hospital in Cassville for treatment of possible back and hip injuries and right hand lac erations. Troopers said Hedley was hurt when a car driven by Kerry D.

Mason, 18, Grand-view, swerved to miss a deer and ran off Mo. 112, strik ing several trees about 4 miles south of Cassville, about 9:40 p.m. A Strafford man fell asleep at the wheel of his car on 1-44 this of BUSINESS INTERIORS IN THE ARCADE 319 EAST McOANIEL A 315 EAST family always celebrate the holiday on a Sunday. Thus, when he could not locate his stock in their usual place on his 200-acre farm west of Ponce de Leon, he did not hesitate to go seeking them in spite of the fact it was Christmas. "When the weather is bad," he explained, "I always look for them.

I. know the cedar glades in a valley west of my house are a favorite shelter for them when it is cold and windy like it was yesterday." Wilhelm said he searched northward up the draw, didn't find his cattle, and went up a slight hillside to the cast and split down through the cedar Associated Glimpse of Young Contemporary Center Clock CENTLTtt 21 "Tora! Tora! Tors'" at and 8:00. TOWER "Scrooge" at 2:00, 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45. GILLIOZ- "The Owl and the Pussycat" at 2:00, 3:50, 5:50, 7:50 and 9:50. FOX "Wetback Hound," at 12:13, 2:09, 4:05, 6:01, 7:57, 9:53.

"Aristocats" at 12:37, 2:33, 4:29, 6:25,8:21,10:10. SUNSET "The Undefeated" at 7:00. "Sons of Katie Elder" at 9:30. "McClintock" at 11:30. SPRINGFIELD "Naked Angels" at 7:00.

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Campbell 862-7489 mm f4 4 1 SeiKi.uniiirre, itnmit xrtun mil wennrtTif 13 9 Springfield Residential ond contract furnishings. No charge for designer consultation. Broadstreets McDAhJlEli- 417-862-7028 period in which the reward was to stand, members of the Mxa American Legion manned a tele phone vigil to take any possible messages. But even at the end of the vig il, the reward's return to donors was delayed at the request of Christian County Sheriff Buff Lamb. When the extension still failed to reveal any information, the funds were returned only last week.

Petitions were presented Dec. 8 to Judge Garner L. Moody of the 38th judicial circuit, request ing that a grand jury be called to investigate the circumstances of Mrs. Blades' disappearance. This morning, Sheriff Lamb, Sheriff Barnes, Christian County Deputy Roy E.

Middleton and Nixa Marshal James Fitzpatrick went to the scene to investigate further. Fitzpatrick took a metal detector to the scene, hoping to locate Mrs. Blades' rings and wrist watch, which she wore at the time she disappeared. The survivors include her husband, Larry, of Nixa; her parents, Mr. and Mrs.

Louis I. Hor-ton, of 946 West Poplar, a brother, Robert Gene, of 946 West Poplar: and maternal grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swearingin, Fayetteville, Tenn. Mrs.

Blades was a member of the Bible Baptist Church of Re public and was a 1967 graduate of Nixa High School. Jones Rites Monday Woman's Death Still A Mystery Funeral services will be held Monday, but It may be several days before the cause of death Is estab- lished for a 22-year-old Springfield housewife who apparently died In her sleep early Christmas morning. "Laboratory tests have been scheduled," Coroner Ralph inieme said this morning, "but since this is Christmas weekend, ii may De a lew days before we get the results." An autopsy performed vester day at Cox Medical Center was inconclusive as to the cause of the death for Mrs. Judv Mae Jones, 2047 North Ramsey, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital about 8 a.m. Officer Warren Gamel auoted the woman's husband as saying ne awoke about 7 a.m.

to find his wife under a bed in their home. Gamel said a sleeping pill Dome, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a diet pill were under the bed. Some photographs had been torn up in a bathroom, Gamel noted. Mrs. Jones' husband, Bud Jack, 35, said he and his wife went to a tavern Christmas Eve, then went to a cafe on West Mo.

266 about 1:30 a.m. and found it closed. He said his wife became upset and angry, got out of their pickup truck and went to a service station. Jones said he returned her to the vehicle but she again became upset, got out and appar ently returned to the station. He said he went to her parents home to get their 9-month-old daughter, Nellie Iona, then returned to his home and found his wife already had arrived.

She had phoned a relative from the station for a ride, police learned. Jones said she and the baby went to bed. Later, he found the child uncovered, took her into the living room, and went to sleep with her on a sofa, Gamel was told. Jones said he awoke about a.m. and found his wife apparently dead, lying under her bed against a wall.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Jones is sur vived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Abney, Route 2, Will ard, and six brothers, Gary Rob ert Abney, 2259 North Kansas Lendell Ray, 18, of 1428 East Central, Roy Roger, 1319 West Poplar, Donnie and Ronnie, both of Route 2, WUlard, and Billie, Kansas City. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs.

Kim Deckard, 1537 Wabash. Mrs. Peggy Garrison 2910 State, Mrs. Joe McCormack, 1951 South Grant, and Miss Robin Lynne Abney, Route 2, Willard and her grandfather, Bert Abney, Mountain View. Services will be at 1 p.m.

Monday in the Ralph Tt.ieme Chapel with the Rev. Henry P. Long officiating. Burial will be iln East Lawn Cemetery. By FRANK FARMER Staff Writer For 375 days, a cedar glade only 5 miles west of U.

S. 160 hishway in Stone County held fast the secret of the whereabouts of Mrs. Carol Blades. But Christmas afternoon, the was revealed when a farmer looking for his cattle found the remains of Mrs. Blades, of Nixa, who was 20 when she was last seen.

The remains bore no visible sign of violence, officers said. Stone County Sheriff James R. Barnes said the young woman's body was positively identified by her husband and other members of the family. The sheriff also noted that comparison with dental charts had been completed and it was his understanding that the body was further identified through these comparisons. Earlier this year, Mrs.

Blades' distraught husband, l.arry, told a reporter investigating the case, "I think she is dead. 1 have given up hope." Mrs. Blades, the day of her disappearance, had been to Springfield to buy Christmas presents. She returned home and decorated a Christmas tree and, while her husband slept (he worked a night shift at a Springfield industrial plant), she reportedly took her laundry to Nixa. First Dec.

26, 1970 SPRINGFIELD (Mo.) LEADER-PRESS For Stranded Man Offers to Help Are Too Late Several Springfieldians have ofi'erd to help a young St Louis resident, stranded here Christmas Day without money for a return trip home, but he had disappeared before help could be obtained. Jerry Halley's plight was made known yesterday in the Leader and Press. One resident contacted the newsroom and offered to pay the 23-year-old man's way back to St. Louis. A spokesman at Greyhound Bus Station said he had received similar calls.

However, Hallcy left the station about mid-morning yesterday. The station spokesman said he did not know whether Hallcy had found a way home or not. JXaUcy had spent all of his money on a one-way ticket to visit his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester H.

Cassoutt, who he thought had moved to Springfield about a month ago. However, ha could not find them, and was faced with spending lonely Christmas, I i fcu'ii -i iTf in ii Sgt. Fred Clark, to Kansas City fund-raising son. Clark's wife, Air Terminal he clearly saw that the white ob ject he had seen was a human skull. He approached, examined the skull, which was resting on top of a bleached-out furry coat, and soon saw that numerous bones had been scattered about.

"The leg bones were still in the slacks," he said, "but a lot of the bones had been scattered about, down the hill and to one side of where the body was resting." The body was lying against a fallen cedar log, on the south side, uphill and chest upward, Wilhelm said. An article of under clothing was discovered several yards distant and evidence indicated the underclothing had remained on the body for "a long time." he said. "I knew it was a girl when 1 found the remains," Wilhelm said, "and I knew about the Blades woman missing. But it didn't at first occur to me that it was her. When I went back to the house and told my folks about it, my daughter, Mrs.

Viola Bradford, of Springfield, said she bet it was Mrs. Blades." Wilhelm called Sheriff Barnes, who immediately went to in Prtm Wlrepbot Son Father Accused Of Striking His Daughter in Head A 52-year-old Springfield man faces a municipal court appearance at 9 a.m. Monday on charges of common assault in connection with the alleged beating of his daughter early this morning. Howard F. White, 1608 South Kimbrough, was cited on a complaint signed by his daughter, Patricia White, 17, at 12:35 a.m.

today. Officer Howard Rifenburg said White was issued the summons after being accused of striking his daughter on the side of her head with a telephone receiver. The girl had bruises about her shoulders and arms and a large red mark on the right side of her head when police were summoned to the home this morn ing, Rifenburg noted. at Cox Medical Center was a boy, to Mr. and Mrs, Robert D.

Harralson, Willard, at 4.14 a.m. Other Christmas babies arc a boy, born to Mr. and Mrs. James Samek, Route 9, at 11:14 a.m. at St John's; a girl, born to Mr, and Mrs.

Robert Mcintosh, Route 1, at 4 11 a.m. 1 i it was, just a skeleton, it didn't bother me too much. I ve found lots of skeletons in my time." Asked to explain whut he meant, he said, "I used to live in Utah. Lots of Indians and ear ly settlers had died there and it wasn't a nything to find skeletons." Earlier the past fall, residents of Nixa had gotten up a $1000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Mrs. Ridgley Youths Face Hearings in Burglary CASSVILLE (Special) Two Ridgley youths face preliminary hearings Thursday on burglary and stealing charges in connection with breakins at a Wheaton implement dealership and a Purdy service station.

Currently free on $500 bonds are Greg Packwood, 17, and Gary Brown, 19, arrested by Sheriff Abe Dummitt, who said the pair sold part of 14 batteries taken in the Wheaton robbery to an area salvage yard. Rites Slated For Galenan CLEVER (Special) Funeral for a 40-year-old Galena man, who apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning near here early Christmas morning, will be Monday. Christian County Coroner Dean Harris said yesterday that Billy Ray Teague died as he slept in his auto, which had be come stuck in deep nud off a country road near here Thursday night. The victim and a companion, David White, reportedly pulled off the blacktop and walked into Clever when they were unable to free the car from the mud, White told Christian County authorities the pair enlisted the aid of another Clever man and returned to the stalled auto, but they were unable to get the vehicle back onto the blacktop. White said he and Teague got back into the car and left the motor running.

He noted that it "ran for some time before the battery ran down." When he awoke yesterday morning, Teague was lying down, and White assumed his companion was asleep. Coroner Harris said there was no foul play indicated, and the condition of the skin indicated carbon monoxide poisoning. No autopsy or inquest is planned. Teague's survivors are his mother, Mrs. Bculah Teague, Galena; five sons, Danny Ray, serving in Vietnam, Stanley, Richard Allan, Chris and Billy Ray, all of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs.

Susan Stancliff, Springfield; a grandchild; four sisters, Mrs. Esther Koening, Billings, Mrs. Geraldine Henson, Springfield, Mrs. Gertrude Wagemann, Galena, and a brother, Hershel Teague, Muskogee, Okla. services will be at 2 p.m.

Monday in Cantrell Chapel at Billings, with burial in Bruncr Cemetery. 1 Spiritual Mood Is Too 'Spirited ST. LOl'IS(AP) With due appreciation of his good intentions, the Salvation Army felt it just had to ask a man distributing pint bottles of red wine at its Harbor Light Mission Christmas Day to leave. The unidentified man drove into the mission's parking lot about midmorning and began passing out bottles with dollar bills wrapped around them. "He was just trying to give a little Christmas cheer," a mission official said.

"But it was a weird way of doing it as far as our outlook is concerned." "The guy was in a very spiritual mood," I guess," said Edwin Qulnlin, mission personnel director. at Cox; a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. William Scrivener, Route 2, Nixa, 4:54 a.m., Cox; a girl, to Mr. and Mrs.

William Hedges, 1121 Boonville, 6:49 a.m., Cox; a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gray, 2218 North Campbell, 6:51 a.m., Cox; and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Andy) Farmer, Willard, 1:45 p.m.

at Cox. i I 1 i 8nTirfs! mm- I if 1 ii I 1 yJ- -i I -i-rr i nttrrrr it i i- in vr one of eight OI a the, servicemen brought for the holidays from Vietnam through a community program, gets his first look at his 3-week-old Judy, was on hand at Kansas City Municipal when the private jet donated for the trip from Chicago landed. (holiday 1 A ari Us Ptissysat I FUTURES I fcrtMT 1 Streissnd MM I Zr fens asses I the cats i Jg. jrt. New Father's Car Burglarized A Marionville couple was presented with a belated Christmas gift this morning a baby boy born at 1:28 a.m.

in St. Jolin's Hospital. But when Ronald DcLong returned to the hospital parking lot for his wife's suitcase, he found that car burglars had arranged for another surprise. DcLong phoned police head quarters at 2:43 a.m. to inform them he was missing the suitcase, which contained a housecoat, several nightgowns and cosmetics, and his own coat.

He valued the haul at $70. ANGERS, France (AP) -French aviation pioneer Pierre Ganier du Fresnc, who with his brother Rene built the first French biplane in 1908, died the day before Christmas, it was announced today. Eight Ozarks families got the finest Christmas gifts of all, babies born on Christmas Day. First to greet the day was boy, born to Mr. and Mrs.

Gerald McCann, Route 3, at 12:01 a.m. He was born in St. John's Hospital. The first ChrWmas baby born 8 Babies 4 i 1 Holiday Our Holiday Treat For All Ages UJhQttha dickens have they done to Scrooge? Itt All You'll leave loving "SCROOGE" A NEW MUSICAL AO CenW Frn Pfpwnlalion A National Gppflia! Picltirfts Reloase Panavision' Technicolor" IrV Arrive for Christmas fchijfcOOIIMtriilt teefkebait Ajpr Html tv-w THE PERFECT HOLIDAY SHOW TODAY AND SUN. Regular Law Prices i.

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