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TREVALINE EVANS – “A MOST UNUSUAL CASE”

Posted on: March 3, 2015

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I remember seeing a Crimewatch re-enactment of Trevaline Evans’ last movements (or what is known of them) at the time she disappeared, and the case has intrigued me ever since.  Like Dorothy Arnold (see below) the disappearing New York heiress, Trevaline is one of those people who seemed to vanish into thin air.  Twenty-five years on no one seems to be any the wiser as to what happened to her.

The facts that we do know are as follows: on Saturday 16 June 1990, at 12:40 PM, 52-year-old Trevaline Evans left her shop, Attic Antiques, Church Street, in the pretty town of Llangollen, North Wales, leaving a note on the door saying “back in 2 minutes”.  At 1 PM she bought an apple and a banana, and was seen crossing Castle Street.  A banana skin was found in the waste-bin in her shop later, which has led to some speculation that she did return to the shop to eat it.  But there is no proof of this, or how long the banana skin had been there.

Whether she did return or not, we know that she left her handbag and her jacket in the shop, and was spotted in Market Street at 2:30 PM.  Five minutes later a woman matching her description was seen walking along the A5 towards Corwen.  There was another reputed sighting of her at 3:45 PM, when she was noticed walking into Park Avenue, from the river Dee.  And that is the last anyone has ever seen of her.

Trevaline has been described as seeming “relaxed” on the day of her disappearance, and had made plans for that evening.  Her husband was away, busy renovating their holiday bungalow in Rhyl.  I find it odd personally that she would have popped out leaving her handbag behind, but I admit that might be just me, and some women might not hang onto their bags as religiously as I do.  But certainly Trevaline had also bought fruit and flowers in the town that morning, intending to take them home with her, and these were also left behind in the shop.

As I said, I remember the case being covered by Crimewatch, and showing a woman posing as Trevaline, looking relaxed and cheerful as she walked through the streets of the town.  There were unconfirmed reports that Trevaline had been seen talking, in her shop, to a smartly-dressed man in a blazer, shortly before she went out, but to the best of my knowledge this didn’t lead anywhere.

Every household in Llangollen and the surrounding area was interviewed, 700 cars were checked out, and mineshafts and rural areas were examined.  In spite of seemingly having a cast-iron alibi, her husband Richard was also called in for questioning, but was later released without charge.  Investigations hit a wall.  In 1993 a woman told police she had been overwhelmed by a feeling that Trevaline was nearby on a canal bank.  A spiritualist medium cited an area of woodland in the World’s End area.

Trevaline’s only child Richard died of a heart-attack in 1999, and her husband died very recently, aged 83.  In 2010 Trevaline’s brother Len told the Daily Express that he believed Trevaline had been abducted, and cited her handbag and keys, left behind in the shop, as proof that she intended to return.  The following year, in 2011, there were attempts to link Trevaline’s disappearance to a serial-killer and drug addict, Robin Ligus, who was arrested for killing three men in nearby Shropshire in 1994.  But in January 2012 the police ruled out any connection between Ligus and Trevaline.

Naturally, when someone disappears, there are unconfirmed sightings of them popping up all over the place (think Lord Lucan and Madeleine McCann), and Trevaline has been sighted in London, France and Australia.  In January 2015, twenty-five years after her disappearance, local councillor  for Clwyd South, Ken Skates, appealed for the case to be re-opened, and a fresh Crimewatch appeal to possibly jog people’s memories.  “This is a most unusual case”, he said.  It certainly is. As with all unexplained disappearances, there is always a hope that one day we will find out the truth.  In the meantime, the case of Trevaline Evans continues to intrigue.

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