William Smith

More than 20 years after her disappearance, the FBI has new leads in the Trudy Appleby case. In 1996, the 11-year-old Moline girl was last seen in a car with an unidentified man. Witnesses said they believed the man to be William Smith, who is now dead.


Another attempt is being made to solve a 22 year old disappearance. Two billboards have been put up in East Moline asking for information about Trudy Appleby.

Moline Police Department

Six weeks after asking for help, police may have caught a break in the 21 year old disappearance of Trudy Appleby. Monday officers searched two properties on Campbell's Island using cadaver dogs, and say they may have found human remains.