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New Attempt to Solve Appleby Disappearance

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19th Street near 5th Avenue in East Moline

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.

She was 11 years old when she disappeared from her home in Moline, in August of 1996.

One year ago, Moline police named a "person of interest" in the case, William Smith. He had died before his name was revealed, but they believe others participated in the disappearance and cover-up and are hoping they come forward to help solve the case.

In East Moline, one billboard is on 19th Street at 5th Avenue while the other is along Illinois 5 near Barstow Road.