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Case File 184DMAB

Nelson, circa 1957

Larry Leroy Nelson
Missing since December 23, 1957 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Larry Nelson went missing on December 23, 1957 in Calgary Alberta, Canada.

It was assumed that he fell through the ice in the Bow River that day while playing on the ice with other children. Larry was deathly scared of water, so it was hard for his family to believe that he would even go near the river.

Larry’s mother Madeline was forced to go to work that day and Larry was left in the care of a babysitter. His normal babysitter, who lived right next to them in the Iglewood Auto Court, was unable to care for him that day, so she referred Madeline to her sister-in-law.
When Madeline came home her son was gone.

The Calgary City Police dragged the river in hopes to find the body, but it was never recovered. The Bow River is a fast moving river and if the body did get tangled up it would eventually work its way free. The police dismissed the case as a drowning, but a Death Certificate was never issued.

Larry's father had attempted to kidnap the boy once prior to the boys disappearance. The father committed suicide on June 24, 1975 in the Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Larry has never been found.

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