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Betty Fran Gladden Smith was a woman who disappeared in 1991. It is suspected she was killed by her husband, John Smith, who was convicted of the 1974 killing of his previous wife.


Betty disappeared in 1991 after she and her husband reportedly had marital problems. She has never been located.

John Smith was convicted of the 1974 murder of his ex-wife, Janice Hartman. DNA had identified her remains as that of a woman found in a makeshift coffin in 1980.

Post-episode notes

Skull fragments and teeth from a third individual was recovered from a storage locker owned by John Smith. The photographs of two previously unidentified women were found in his suitcase, accompanied by photos of Janice and Betty Fran. Both women were located alive, although previously suspected to be victims among his previous wives.