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Beth gill's family says they are excited to have a special private investigator in town to do some new research. Beth gill's family says they are excited to have a special private investigator in town to do some new research.
Detectives say they feel it's only a matter of time before the 47-year-old Missouri mystery is solved. Detectives say they feel it's only a matter of time before the 47-year-old Missouri mystery is solved.
Anola Bowerman talked about what she wants to say to her little girl. Anola Bowerman talked about what she wants to say to her little girl.
Neverett is diving further into records on travelers, persons of interest who were staying in town the same time Beth disappeared in 1965. Neverett is diving further into records on travelers, persons of interest who were staying in town the same time Beth disappeared in 1965.
Neverett also got a chance to see the old Gill home on Lorimar, the place Beth was last scene. Neverett also got a chance to see the old Gill home on Lorimar, the place Beth was last scene.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Detectives say they feel it's only a matter of time before the 47 year-old Missouri mystery is solved.

Beth Gill's family says they are excited to have a special private investigator in town doing some new research.

They've been working with Mike Neverett, a private investigator from Florida for seven years.  But this week, he made his first trip to Cape Girardeau.

He's meeting with the family and detectives from the Cape Girardeau Police Department to go over all kinds of potential clues.

Also, Neverett is diving further into records on travelers and persons of interest who were staying in town the same time Beth disappeared in 1965.  He is also looking through old phone books and newspapers.

Neverett also got a chance to see the old Gill home on Lorimar Street, the place Beth was last scene.

He's taking photos there through the eyes of a child.

"What I'm doing with that, is taking photos from a child's perspective and a child's height of the surrounding homes in the neighborhood," said Neverett. "With the hopes an individual may remember an individual, may see these photos and it may jog their memory as to what they remember."

Like the family, Neverett feels Beth is alive and hopefully looking for them.

Thursday, Beth's mother Anola Bowerman talked about what she wants to say to her little girl.

"I would want to tell her that her family is still looking for her and we have missed her terribly," said Anola Bowerman.

"We have never given up hope in 47 years and we will never give up hope until we find out definitely what happened," said Anola.

Anola Bowerman says she prays one day she will see her little girl again.  Beth was a toddler that she remembers vividly: One that would be a grown woman now.

"I would just tell her that her family is still looking and we have missed her terribly," said Anola. "We love her so much just like we did when she was a tiny baby."

To the family, their journey is tragic, surreal, and yet amazing.  Even after 47 years they feel everyday they are getting closer to solving the mystery of Beth's disappearance.

Elizabeth Gill vanished from the yard of their South Lorimar home in 1965.  It was so long ago, and still the leads keep coming.

"I'm very excited, said Anola." I'm trying to hold it back where I won't get too excited and disappointed again.

Now Anola and Beth's sisters hope the private investigator from Florida may help them crack the case. 

"I always felt that this was a solvable case and based on what little information we had I still feel that way now," said Neverett.

He's been on the case for 7 years, but this is his first trip to Cape Girardeau to investigate old records. 

With the help of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, and the research skills of the Gill family, Neverett has already helped make some key connections. 

Some of those connections include tracking down links to people of interest, travelers known to be at the motel just behind the Gill home when she disappeared. 

Also, they are looking into the past of the women who've come forward: Women who believe they could be Beth.

They're still waiting on one remaining DNA from a potential match.

"She's the only one that's still pending," said Martha Hamilton, Beth's sister.

"The parallels surrounding the circumstances of this individual in regards to Beth, I've tried to disprove and I can't," Martha said. 

Hamilton says no matter what she won't give up.  She says God keeps opening up a path.

"I think if you keep digging and you get to a point where you think it's a brick wall you need to look for the edge and go around it," said Hamilton. 

It is a strong family that is never losing hope.

"We just pray that we will find her and the family can be united again and be a complete family," said Anola.

Thursday on Heartland News at 10, Holly Brantley will tell you more about a possible reward, and also the latest on DNA test the family can't wait to get back.

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