June 29, 2013
A Police News Exclusive
By Marie Beth Jones
It has been almost 41 years since 24-year-old Georgia Margurite (Smith) Allen disappeared from her Lake Jackson apartment.
Although deputies of the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office they hold little hope she is still alive, they continue their efforts to find answers to what happened to her in the early morning hours of August 6, 1972.
"We want to find her and return her to her family so she can have a Christian burial," said Nick Villalona, the criminal investigator assigned to the case when we first published this story in 2009.
A tiny woman – five feet, two inches tall, weighing just 88 to 90 pounds – Georgia had bleached blond hair and hazel eyes.
On Saturday night, the night before she went missing, she worked as a barmaid at the Holiday Inn in Lake Jackson, Texas and was last seen in the hotel parking lot in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning.
Investigators – and there have been several of them through the years, including H.L. Cotton, LoRene Blackburn, and Matt Wingo, among others – filed extensive reports about what happened just before Georgia disappeared.
Those reports indicate that Georgia; her estranged husband, David Allen; and her friend, Charles Corsentina, had been in the parking lot outside the inn for about two hours.
Both of the men told officers that David told Georgia to make up her mind whether she was leaving with him or with Charles, at which time she replied, “neither one,” that she would walk home.
She asked David for his key to her apartment then she set out walking. David said when he went there later that day, she was gone. No one has admitted to seeing her after she left the parking lot.
The apartment manager told officers she thought Georgia and her two children – who were with David's grandparents that night – were living there alone. She had seen David three days earlier when he brought in her check for the rent – and then later picked it up when it bounced.
Georgia had filed for divorce on June 5, 1972, but David said they got back together for about two weeks and everything was going well, but when he went to pick her up at work that night she and Corsentina were together in the parking lot.
About 9:40 that morning, he said, he went to Georgia's apartment but she didn’t answer the door. The manager let him in and he found his keys.
Georgia had at about $200 in cash and several passes for Metro Airlines, which she used to fly from Lake Jackson to Houston and back.
Asked if he would take a polygraph examination, David flatly refused.
In the days that followed there was no activity in Georgia's bank account and no indication that – if she had taken the shuttle flight to Houston – she had bought an airline ticket there.
Georgia's father, who filed the missing person report on August 18th, told deputies he had recently learned that David had threatened Georgia with a pistol and had fired one shot to prove it was loaded.
The missing person investigation was closed on August 11, 1972, when investigators learned that Georgia had apparently left the Lake Jackson airport on Metro Airlines, using a free Holiday Inn pass, but she didn’t tell anyone, and a month later when her photo was shown to passengers aboard that August flight, none of them could identify her. A short time later, officers "definitely established" that the person named "Allen" on the passenger list for the Metro flight from Lake Jackson was not Georgia. It was a 14-year-old girl who was put on the flight by her grandmother.
Georgia's mother and stepfather, Lila and Marshall Hopkins of Huffman, Texas drove to Brazoria County to see what they could find out About the same time Sheriff’s I.D. Officer T.O. Bock was checking Georgia's apartment and despite a painstaking search, he found nothing that indicated foul play. Questions posed to people in neighboring apartments revealed little of value.
On September 27th, David's sister, who was a close friend of Georgia, told officers that David would "rather lie than tell the truth." She also reported that Georgia had told her David had threatened her with a gun, and that she would not go back to him because she was afraid he would kill her. Then, the day after that, Georgia went back to him, David's sister said, adding that he had been in trouble several times, but his folks had "bought him out."
Another friend verified that Georgia also told her David threatened her with a gun and almost choked her to death. This woman described Georgia as "a good mother" and said she "would not have left her kids."
His sister told them that on one occasion when he was discussing Georgia's disappearance with other family members, he said that if he had wanted to kill her, he would have taken her out in the Gulf and thrown her overboard. As investigators continued to question David and to check into his activities, they learned he had purchased a boat in June of 1972, two months before she disappeared.
In another interview with authorities, David told them he was not worried about Georgia, saying she was upset because she was two months pregnant and didn't know if he or Corsentina was the baby's father. Asked again if he would take a polygraph, David refused, saying the request was insulting.
An interview with Corsentina followed. He told them he started going with Georgia in May of 1972. She was then planning to file for divorce from David, who had gone to East Texas following the gun threats. According to Corsentina’s statement, David came back to Brazoria County about July 28 and Georgia called to say she was going back to David. He saw her that night at the Holiday Inn, and took her home from work, he said.
"She told me … she loved me and wanted to stay with me," Charles said, adding that she told him "many times about David beating her" and threatening to kill her if she ever went with anyone else. Charles said he was with her on the nights of July 28-31. She was off work for the first three days in August, and she and David moved things into her apartment and took their kids to Astroworld.
Charles was with her again on the night of August 4th and took her home about 3:30 in the morning. At the club on the night of August 5th she told him David had been waiting up for her that morning and had followed them to Charles' beach house. She said David threatened to kill her if she left him.
Charles also told investigators that when David came to pick Georgia up after work on August 6th she didn't want to leave with him. "She wanted me to stay and go outside with her," he said. She told him "she didn't want to be alone with David and didn't want him coming to her apartment." According to Charles' statement, Georgia "begged David to let her go" but David "was calm, and just kept saying, 'I told you what I'd do,' or 'remember what I told you.'" At that point Charles said, Georgia told them she wanted to be by herself and asked David for his key. When he gave it to her she set out walking to her apartment.
Charles said he went to work the next morning and when he got off at five o’clock he went to the Holiday Inn. Finding that Georgia wasn't there, he went to her apartment and knocked on the door, but no one answered. He said the door was closed but wasn't "caught," so he went inside, and found David asleep on the mattress with no linens. David told him he didn't know where Georgia was, and said he had come in at 9:30 that morning and was let in by the landlady.
Charles saw the clothes Georgia had worn the night before piled on the floor as though she had just undressed and left them where they fell. He said he couldn't tell if any of her things were missing.
"It just looked like she had left with her purse," he said.
He told deputies that Georgia was "very afraid" of David and seemed to want to be away from him, but when he came back she said she would have to stay with David, that "he just wouldn't let her go."
Despite David's claims that Georgia was considering an abortion, he said Georgia had talked to him "as if she really wanted this baby and she knew that it was mine. We were planning to get married, and we wanted the baby. I don't believe Georgia ever considered an abortion."
Charles said he was convinced that "if Georgia was alive she would contact me. She knows how to get me night or day and I just know that she would let me know something if she could."
Almost 41 years later, Georgia is still missing. David Allen died of a heart condition in 1996. Many of the witnesses in the case are in ill health or dead.
No one is expecting that Georgia Allen will suddenly appear, alive and well, but BCSO officers are unwilling to forget that she is still missing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, 3602 County Road 45, Angleton, Texas or call 979-864-2217 (Angleton), 281-766-2217 (Houston) or 979-388-2217 (Brazosport).