Police: New lead followed in Trudy Appleby case

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Police continued to work Friday as they followed a new lead in the 1996 disappearance of 11-year-old Trudy Appleby.

Appleby disappeared from her home August 21, 1996.  She was last seen getting into a silver or gray vehicle along with a man in his twenties.  The man had brown curly hair.

Police said they have followed hundreds of leads in the case, and that a recent review of the case revealed a new lead.

Investigators from the Moline Police Department, Henry and Rock Island County sheriffs’ departments, Illinois State Police and the FBI were searching an island in the Rock River near the Route 84 bridge Thursday morning, August 2, 2012.

Investigators returned to the island Friday morning, August 3 to resume their work. 

Trudy Appleby would turn 28 years old this September.

A Facebook page was established to help gather information and leads in the case.  It contains photos of Trudy and images of what she might look like as her age progresses.  It’s at this link:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Missing-Trudy-Appleby/125842640824074

Anyone with information about Trudy’s disappearance is asked to contact Moline Police at (309) 797-0401.  Anonymous tips are eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309)-792-9500.