Rose Cole was from Flint, Michigan. At age 16, she was ordered by the court to enrol in the Synanon Foundation, which is a drug and alcohol treatment centre based in Oakland, California.
Rose was asked to enrol there as she confessed to a judge that she was a constant runaway who was using and selling drugs.
Rose ran away from the centre sometime between the Autumn of 1972 and the Summer of 1973.
Rose did write two letters to her family, one said that she was living on the streets of the Chinatown neighbourhood in San Fransisco and that she was sick with a kidney infection.
The second letter from Rose said that she wasn’t going to contact her family again until she was eighteen years old because she was scared that Synanon officials would capture her, and take her back to the centre against her will.
After that letter, Rose has not been heard from again.
On the 4th of January 1974, a petition was granted by the court of Michigan to drop all the charges against Rose.
In 1974 Charles Dederich Sr, the founder of the Synanon, declared it a religion. Participants were forced to hand over all their assets and stay in the community for life. Those who tried to leave were met with severe beatings by the sub-fraction of the group known only as the “Imperial Marines.” The Synanon went on to commit financial fraud, assaults, and attempted murder before being shut down by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1991.
Rose’s disappearance has never been linked to the Synanon, and her case is still considered a runaway despite the fact she made contact.
If Rose is still alive today, she would be 65 years old.
If you have any information regarding Rose’s disappearance, please contact the Oakland Police department at (510) 238-3641.
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