Police say most missing persons are found within a few days or weeks.
But as time goes by, finding a missing person may become more difficult.
Sioux Falls police have one particular case of a missing woman, which is going on 39 years and counting.
Police say it's a very unusual case.
And Wednesday marks the eve of the 39th anniversary of her disappearance.
Ella Beth Lodermeier was last seen at her home on March 7th, 1974.
Police records tell an unusual story of a 25-year-old woman who seemingly disappeared into thin air.
Ella Beth's co-workers called her estranged husband first to report her missing.
He called police.
And when he arrived at the house with police, they found a partially eaten pizza on the counter.
Flour scattered on the floor, dishes in the sink and a loaf of bread rising on the counter.
Officer Sam Clemens explains it appeared as though everything was in the home, except Ella Beth.
"The only thing that they could find was missing from inside the house was her purse and her coat. but the cars was still there, she hadn't notified any family or friends or anything so there were a lot of different things that really from the beginning made officers suspicious and think there was something a little unusual as opposed to a normal missing person case," Officer Sam Clemens said.
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