It was on Aug. 16, 1972, that the striking blond long-haired girl — fresh home from her cottage in Thornbury where she’d been pinning for her childhood sweetheart Larry Teeple, 14, — would begin her well trodden journey toward his Pine Grove home, about six kilometres away.
“I’ll be home by 10:30,” she reportedly told Oscar before she left around 9:30 p.m.
One of the last people to see her was her big brother, Brent Bauer, 61, a paralegal, who now lives in Maple.
“She was there waiting (on Islington Avenue) for a drive her south,” he said, recalling how he ran out to grab some milk for his cereal and a package of cigarettes. “It was a different time back then, there was no public transit and ‘mom and dad’s taxi’ was reserved when it was really needed, not for casual socializing.
Unwritten rules involving hitchhiking were simple, you don’t go if the person looks scary or there are too many people in the vehicle, he said.
“It was normal to walk miles and not have any cars pass you, or have two or three come by and not pick you up,” he added. “But parents would often pick you up, because they’d want their own kids picked up in return.”
One more reported sighting occurred soon after, Terry Bell, then 18, saw Ingrid walking south on the west side of the road about 9:45 p.m.
It was only when Larry called their home looking for Ingrid that Oscar and Brent began searching outdoors for Ingrid, immediately worried that something was very wrong, Brent said.
After a frantic hunt that night, volunteers came out of the woodwork, some 200, according to an old Toronto Star article, who helped scour the 20-square miles surrounding the Bauer home.
It went on to say that police officers waded into the Humber River for eight kilometres, Scuba divers plunged 40 feet underwater into an old gravel pit, coming up with nothing.