WOODWARD (AP) - Jean Smith doesn't want to be called that

anymore. She believes her real name is Joan Gay Croft, who

disappeared from the Woodward hospital nearly 50 years ago.

Then 4 years old, Croft was being treated for injuries suffered

in a tornado that devastated Woodward in April 1947. Witnesses

said she was taken by two men. She was never reported seen


The television program "Unsolved Mysteries" re-enacted

the kidnapping last fall, and Smith saw it at her home in


Smith had no memory of her first six years of life and started

seeing a psychoanalyst three years ago to find out why.

She said that under hypnosis, she remembered scenes of people

dead and dying, moaning and lots of blood. She now believes

that was the scene after the Woodward tornado in which more

than 100 people were killed.

She has since called relatives of Croft, saying she may

be the missing girl.

Marvella Parks of Woodward, the missing girl's cousin, said

pictures have been exchanged and blood types compared. Now

family members believe Smith is Croft.

"This is like a bolt of electricity. I've been on cloud

nine this week," Parks told the Woodward News.

There are other reasons to believe Smith is Croft. She has

a scar on her leg where a large splinter went through Croft's

leg during the tornado.

"Joan Gay (Croft) had a lisp and this woman, when she is

excited, also has one," Parks said. I know it all can't

be a coincidence.

"I think we have found Joan Gay. It's like a dream come

true," she said.

Smith said she was raised by a couple who are still living.

Her father, Olin Randall, is in a mental institution and

her mother is in a nursing home.

Local police and the FBI have told Smith she has enough

evidence to prove she is not the daughter of the people

who raised her and that the birth certificate bearing her

name is not hers.

"Any time I say my name, or write my name I have been using,

it always felt wrong," Smith said. "When I use Joan Gay

Croft, it feels good."

She plans to have a DNA test done as soon as she has the

money. But the test will be difficult, since Olen Croft,

whom she believes was her natural father, died in 1986.

Parks believes it is only a formality.

"I think we have found Joan Gay. It's like a dream come

true," she said.

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