Little girl lost
On March 20, 1913, a 9-year-old girl named Catherine Winters left home wearing a red sweater and a straw hat with blue forget-me-nots, intending to sell sewing needles door to door for a church fundraiser. She walked the length of her Indiana town that morning, through the bustling business district, under the window of her father’s office. She played with a friend who had a dollhouse. She greeted or was seen by a dozen or more acquaintances. And then she disappeared. Suddenly and forever, Catherine vanished, never again to be seen—but somehow never dropping entirely from sight.
The search continues
Writer Colleen Steffen has spent more than five years researching Catherine's story, unearthing a vast cache of newspaper articles and historical records devoted to her brief reign as the most famous missing child in America and the devastating consequences of her unsolved mystery on her family and town. Steffen—a newspaper feature writer and editor for 13 years and a journalism instructor at Ball State University—has written a historical nonfiction book about Catherine's life and times and is currently represented by the Sara Camilli Literary Agency.