The Disappearance of June Robles Birt

Residents of Tucson were hit by a hard realization in 1934 when they figured out that they could no longer count on the Wild West days. The city had been transformed into a desert mecca and received many tourists every year. Also, the number of respiratory patients in the city was on the rise. In January 1934, John Dillinger was brought to justice alongside his bank robbing gang. They thought that they could hide from the police as Tucson was hardly hit by violence and could not be noticed. However, things changed when June Robles disappeared on a spring day in 1934. She was the daughter of a real estate magnate and cattle baron. She disappeared in broad daylight after leaving school. Her disappearance news caused havoc in the city, and even people elsewhere in the nation were terrified. This reminded the Americans that child abduction crime was still real. As a matter of fact, a 20-month boy had disappeared two years before. He had been snatched from their home in New Jersey, and he was the son of Charles A. Lindbergh, the famous navigator. Robles ordeal would come to an end 19 days later after she was found in a wooden-metal cage in the desert. She had been buried in the broiling desert. Everybody in the country could breathe a sigh of relief. The only abduction case that the FBI worked on was this.

While the disappearance was never solved, her name was slowly forgotten by the people of Tucson. For the rest of her life, she decided to live an obscure if not a reticent life. As a matter of fact, she lived in the city she was born in her entire life. She never left. However, she has now left the city to be with her maker after her death news was confirmed. She died on 2nd September 2014. Information about her death revealed that she succumbed to complications that arose from the Parkinson’s disease. She passed away at the age of 87 years. Her obituary has never been written. By the time she passed away, her family managed to place a paid death notice at an Arizonan newspaper known as the Arizona Daily Star. The advert used her married name which was June Birt. The New York Times could only learn about her death this month when it was contacted by a writer who wanted to write an article about child abduction in a book.