09/12/2013 03:13 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Edna Bette-Jean Masters Missing Toddler Case Sees Few Leads


KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Few firm leads have surfaced over the last month as Kamloops-area RCMP try to solve a 53-year-old mystery.

Cpl. Mike Mucha says that since issuing an appeal in August, investigators have received some calls about the July 3, 1960 disappearance of 21-month-old Edna Bette-Jean Masters but most tipsters have only vague information about the case, although he says all details will be checked.

The little girl vanished without a trace while playing at a friend's house in Red Lake, about 40 kilometres west of Kamloops.

Mucha says it's possible the child was taken by an animal but admits she could have been abducted and, if so, a roughly 55-year-old woman may be wondering about her background and about a distinctive burn scar on her left arm between the elbow and shoulder.

He says that could prompt the person to come forward so DNA testing can give her, and the Masters family, some answers.

Along with the public appeal, investigators also hope to track down a man and woman in their 20s who were seen the day Masters vanished, driving through the area in a rust-coloured, Alberta-registered, Chevrolet with bat-wing-style tail lights and Alberta plates. (CFJC)

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