Mrs. Vick, 03/08/68: Joe Ruth and Jerry Ladd Gary take the stand during their divorce hearing. The case had stalled on January 23 when Jerry's mother, Ruth Vick, refused to help law enforcement locate her son. (Jerry had disappeared with the couple's daughter, Shelly, the previous June.) Vick was subsequently imprisoned on a contempt of court charge, remaining in jail until February 23, when she was released on a $1000 bond by order of the Texas Supreme Court. The hearing resumed on March 7, when Jerry returned with his daughter and appeared in court alongside his mother and estranged wife. Judge Ben Woodall of the Harris County Court of Domestic Relations presided over the case. He purged Vick of the contempt of court charge and temporarily placed Shelly in the custody of the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.