Lola Celli migrated to America in 1930 from Italy with her parents, Michele and Ida, and brother, Felice. Four years later they moved into a home at 1783 W. Third Ave. in Grandview.

Lola Celli migrated to America in 1930 from Italy with her parents, Michele and Ida, and brother, Felice. Four years later they moved into a home at 1783 W. Third Ave. in Grandview.

Celli excelled at Grandview High School, graduating near the top of her class in 1941. After graduation from Ohio State, the multilingual Celli took a job teaching home economics at West Mansfield High School. She often traveled by train back to her family's home in Grandview, as she did in late February 1946. On Feb. 23, she left to take the First Avenue bus to a store in downtown Columbus. She was not seen again.

Celli often wore her favorite red shoes to classes in Mansfield, and she had them on that day. A motorcyclist on Olentangy River Road near West North Broadway told police he saw a red shoe fly out of a passing coupe in which a man and woman were arguing. Another motorist confirmed the red shoe, lending the case its "Red Shoe Mystery" moniker.

Many leads were followed in the case, but most turned out to be false. Areas around Grandview were searched several times, in one sweep by more than 100 high school students from Grandview and Arlington, but no significant evidence has been found. Grandview police continue to treat the case as open.