Cold Case Crime Stoppers Video- Rose Marie Gayhart



Help Find Rose Marie Gayhart | May 25, 2012 Press Release


MAY 25, 2012


Family of Rose Marie Gayhart still holds out hope
The family of Rose Marie Gayhart  Joins Forces with the CUE Center for Missing Persons

May 25,2012

Wilmington, NC – The family of a missing Cape Coral Florida woman continues to hold out hope that their loved one will be found one day and have contacted a non profit national organization located in Wilmington, NC which provides services free to families who suffer the lost of a missing loved one, with a plea for help.


Missing From: Cape Coral, Florida
Missing Since: 03/1985
Classification: Missing Endangered
Age at Disappearance: 23
Date of Birth: 02/08/62
White Female
Height: 5’2
Weight: 115
Hair: Dark Brown curly hair
Eyes: Brown
Distinctive Characteristics: Wears brown frame glasses ( May have been replaced),
Scars Marks, Tattoos: pierced ears, scar under chin, scar over eye. Chipped front tooth. Stretch marks from prior childbirth
Clothing: wears size 7 clothing and size 5 shoes

The CUE Center For Missing Persons has launched a website for her family which can be located at Tipsters can remain anonymous and can leave confidential information by clicking the form on her site. Visitors can also download a poster from her site and help by getting involved.

Anyone having information on Rose Marie Gayhart’s disappearance and or location please contact the Cape Coral Police Major Crimes Unit. (Florida)
Contact the CUE Center for Missing Persons on their 24 hour line (910)232-1687 or (910) 343-1131. Tipsters can also contact CUE through email at or on the web

In 1994 Community United Effort better known as the “CUE Center for Missing Persons” was founded to aid cases of missing persons nationwide; funded entirely by donations, and staffed by volunteers. CUE Founder Monica Caison, has dedicated her life to the plight of missing people; which is focused on finding the missing, advocating their causes, and supporting their families. Since its inception, CUE has helped more than 9,000 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives.

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Questions abound in disappearance of Cape Resident

Article Written shortly after Rose Marie’s disappearance

Questions abound in disappearance of Cape Resident
by Frank Rinella- Cape Coral Bureau Chief

Cape Coral- A small metal box on the floor behind Cape Coral Police Detective  Olive-Stadelman’s desk contains some of the most cherished memories of Rose Marie Gayhart.

The file box and a paper grocery bag of clothes are the 24 year old woman’s sole earthly possessions, unless you consider the clothes she was wearing when she was last seen March 21st, Stadelman said.

The 5 foot, 2 in woman was last spotted getting into a truck with a man after finishing her third day of work at the Big Howie’s Hot Dog restaurant on Southeast 47th Terrace, Stadelman said.

Neither family, friends, not her boyfriend have seen or heard from since then, Stadelman said.

While the detective wouldn’t say he suspects that foul play is involved, he did say there are many unanswered questions about her disappearance.

One is why she hasn’t tried to claim the possessions that Stadelman now keeps behind his desk. The filebox contains a scrapbook with memories of Gayhart’s baby, who died.
That book contained the baby’s birth and death certificate and other items. It supposedly meant everything to her Stadelman said.

Gayhart, who regularly called her parents since moving to Cape Coral with a boyfriend in December has not phoned her family in New York since March 14th, Stadelman said.
Gayhart also has never picked up her pay for the three days of work at Howie’s Hot Dog’s.

Gayhart’s parents reported their daughter missing to Livingston County Sheriff’s authorities May 22. The New York authorities recently passed the case on to police in Cape Coral, the community where Gayhart was last known to live.

Gayhart was living with her boyfriend and his mother but reportedly was not getting along well with either when she disappeared, Stadelman said.

The detective said he has questioned friends at bars and other places Gayhart was known to frequent, but the answer is always the same,”She hasn’t been seen since March 21st.

He now hopes the public can help him with some clues to her whereabouts.
Stadelman asks that anyone who has seen Gayhart or knows something about her, call him at 574-3223

Taking her story across the nation

Dansville woman tells story on national radio, reaches out others who have missing loved ones


By Jeff Miller
Posted Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Laurie Travis has been searching for her missing sister for 27 years.


In February, the Express ran an article on two sisters who haven’t given up finding closure on their sister’s disappearance.

Rose Marie Gayhart was reported missing March 14, 1985. Twenty-seven years later, to the day, her sister, Laurie Travis of Dansville, took to the airwaves in a half-hour phone interview on a nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Dr. Laurie Roth Show.”

On the show, Travis explained the situations surrounding her sister’s disappearance, that it might have been connected with a domestic altercation, and the lengthy investigation process so far.

Travis was joined on air via phone link with Susan Murphy Milano, host of her own crime-victim radio talk show; and Monica Caison, founder of North Carolina-based Community United Effort Center for the Missing.

“It was good to be able to get on the radio, tell my story and get the word out,” Travis said.

Travis has also expressed her gratitude to having teamed up with a network of others in the Rochester region who have missing loved ones. They have  been able to rely upon each other for support.

Travis became close with the family of Alonzo Williams, a Rochester teen who went missing in November. News of his death hit hard, she said, when his body was found March 23.

Incidents such as this, the lengthy and somewhat frustrating search for her sister, plus recent connections and what seems to Travis to be an increase in local missing persons in the area has spurred her to help others with finding the resources they need to conduct their search beyond policing agencies. Such help was not available to her 27 years ago.

“I’m just glad I can get the word out and help somebody else,” she said. “That’s a good feeling, to help someone else.”

Last week, she started putting up flyers for two recent Rochester missing persons — Colin Gillis, an 18-year-old SUNY Brockport student who went missing March 11; and Larie Batler, a 17-year-old girl who was reported missing from Rochester on March 24 and whose body was found the evening of this interview

Aside from Travis, Gayhart’s family consists of her parents, Don and Dorothy Gayhart of Hornell. Sisters include Cheryl Towner and Travis, who live in Dansville; sisters Brenda Avery and Donna Collister who live in Conesus, and sister Elizabeth Aquilina who lives in Rochester.

Avery has recently joined Travis in finding closure to their sister’s case.

Help Find Rose Marie Gayhart Missing Since 1985

02/23/2012 07:44:00

CUE Center For Missing Persons has just launched a new website for missing Rose Marie Gayhart missing out of Livingston, FL and originally from New York City.

Details of Disappearance:

Gayhart lived in the 50 block of northeast Barron Way in Fort Myers, FL in 1985. Gayhart has never been heard from since March of that year. Her family believes foul play might have been involved in her disappearance.

Investigative Agency

New York Sheriff’s Department
Livingston County
Tel.: 585-243-7120

Criminal Investigation
Tel.: 585-243-7170
Tel.: 585-335-1744

If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at 910-343-1131 or the 24-hour tip line at 910-232-1687.

All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.

Further Details:

Missing From: Livingston County, New York
Missing Since: March, 1985
Classification: missing, endangered
Age at Disappearance: 23
Date of Birth: 02/08/62
Race: white
Gender: female
Height: 5’2
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hair: dark brown curly hair
Eyes: brown
Distinctive Characteristics: Wears brown frame glasses (may have been replaced)
Scars Marks & Tattoos: pierced ears, scar under chin, scar over eye, chipped front tooth
Clothing: wears size 7 clothing and size 5 shoes

Never giving up hope

Women continue search for sister more than 25 years after disappearance

By Jeff Miller
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

From left, Brenda Avery, Dawn Drexel, whose daughter is missing, and Laurie Travis at a missing persons forum in Rochester.


It’s been more than 25 years since the disappearance of Rose Marie Gayhart, but her sisters, Laurie Travis and Brenda Avery, haven’t given up hope.

Both women travelled to Wilson Academy in Rochester on Jan. 28 to attend Community Cry for Help Missing Persons Awareness Day.

The forum was hosted by the family of 22-year-old Alonzo Williams of Rochester, who disappeared Nov. 22.

“I’ve been fighting, fighting hard,” Travis said about searching for her missing sister. “And I’m not giving up.”

They, as well as several other families, set up tables and booths with information on their missing loved ones. The two also brought along information on the still-unsolved Jane Doe found in Caledonia in 1979, and were given the opportunity to speak publicly about their missing sister and their search.

The sisters estimated about 100 people attended the forum in all.

While Travis has been involved in searching for her sister since 1995, the forum has helped Avery commit to finding their sister. “I didn’t know there was a lot more help,” she said. “It does get emotional.”

Gayhart was last seen in Cape Coral, Fla., on March 14, 1985. Her belongings were found behind the Cape Coral Police Department, and according to a news report at the time, was last seen getting into a pickup truck with an unidentified man after finishing her shift at a local restaurant.

According to the news report, she was not getting along with her boyfriend at the time.

Although she went missing in Florida, the investigation has been headed by Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Ten years after her disappearance, Travis and Avery visited the sheriff’s office to check up on the case. To their disappointment, no progress had been made.

Travis then decided she should involve herself in the search.

Laurie Travis, center, is seen here with The Center for Hope cofounders Doug and Mary Lyle in Rochester for the opening ceremony of Ride for Their Lives.

“I’ve been fighting since, big time fighting. And I am not giving up until I find some kind of closure,” she said.

The recent forum in Rochester has helped Travis and Avery find resources and networks in the South that can help them spread the news of her disappearance.

Travis said the forum “put a lot of stuff in my head and made me really realize that I had the ability to go out there and push things a little further.”

The two would like to conduct a similar forum in Livingston County.

On a related note, Travis and Avery made contact with Gayhart’s son last spring, who was adopted and grew up in western New York. He now lives in Perry, and came across members of his biological family through his own research.

Avery and Travis have another sister, Cheryl Towner, who lives in Dansville. Gayhart was the second oldest of the four siblings.

If not her, who?

By Jeff Miller
Posted Sep 09, 2010 @ 03:50 AM
Express Coverage Area —

After 25 years, Laurie Travis has not given up trying to find her missing sister.

In March 1985, Travis’ sister, Dansville native Rose Marie Gayhart, was reported missing in Ft. Meyers, Fla., where she had moved with her boyfriend. She was reported pregnant at the time.

Recently, Travis joined with a Ballston Spa-based Center for Hope task force that helps inform the public about missing persons and unsolved crimes in New York, such as her sister.

Travis attended the opening ceremony of Ride for Their Lives, a national bicycle ride that took off from Rochester on Aug. 21 with about 80 riders who will be touring across the country, picking up even more cyclists until reaching Los Angeles on Sept. 22.

During the opening ceremonies, Travis met Center for Hope founders Doug and Mary Lyle face-to-face for the first time. Travis had spoken with them by phone in regards to helping get her sister’s name, photo and information out on a deck of playing cards and a poster that the Center has printed.

The deck of cards has been made available to jail and prison inmates throughout New York in hopes to bring about information on those missing persons and unsolved crimes. Travis said that the initiative has brought out testimonies from inmates regarding several cases.

Travis’ sister is included in the second edition of the cards and is one of two cases from Livingston County on the Missing Persons, Unsolved Homocides playing cards. The second is a “Jane Doe” found dead in a cornfield off Route 20 in Caledonia in November 1979.

In addition to the cards, Travis has acquired posters with each of the individual cards printed on them, which will be distributed in local public places. Travis said she hopes to acquire more posters and hang them “as far as I can.”

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