My memory was a bit off - I looked this up.Christina and Janet disappeared around Sep of 1973; Janet was found Oct 7.
Kingsport News, Kingsport, TN 7 Nov 1973: Where is Christina Carter? That's the question that disturbs the Federal Bureau of Investigation today in their efforts to solve the murder of the child's mother, Janet Gail Carter whose nude body was found Oct. 7. in a duffel bag thrown at the side of Clingman's Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Was the child murdered also? Or had the mother left the blue-eyed lively little blonde with someone for safekeeping?
"The last time we can place both the mother and and daughter together was Sept. 17 in Hueytown, Ala.," said Wallace F. Estill, special agent in charge of the Knoxville FBI office.
At 24, Janet Gail Carter was beset with problems. Her marriage had failed. Her estranged husband was trying to gain custody of their daughter. She saw no way out but to run and hide. And she hid her movements so well that the FBI faced unusual problems Tuesday in trying to find her killer and her missing child.
She had been working in the Birmingham area for an insurance company until shortly before her disappearance. A native of Winston- Salem, N.C., she went into hiding Sept. 17, taking her daughter with her in order to avoid losing the child in the custody battle.
"We haven't been able to find oul where she went, and that's our major problem right now." Estill said Tuesday.
The FBI is looking for someone who might have .seen the woman and child together after Sept. 17.
The case is complicated by the fact that it was almost a month before Janet Carter was identified by North Carolina authorities, through dental charts and x-rays. And that was a month during which little Christina Carter was out of the picture entirely so far as the investigation was concerned.
Since the woman was identified, there has been an intensive search of the area in the great Smoky Mountains National Park where the body was found. But it's rugged country, heavily forested and tangled with thick underbrush.
"We believe the woman was alive and in the park during the early morning hours of Oct. 7." Estill said. But sometime during those early hours of that Sunday morning she was murdered.
"We're hoping she left the child in the custody of someone." Estill said. "We have exhausted all our sources. Our main consideration at this point is to find the little girl. All our efforts have failed. We are asking anyone who can help."