As time passed, the question was never answered. George Sodder received several tips on the whereabouts of his five children, but they were all dead-ends. Rumors of the involvement of the Italian Mafia surfaced - George Sodder himself was Italian and, prior to the fire, had been involved in the Mafia. In 1952, George used the site of the house, which had previously served as a memorial to the children, to erect a billboard pleading for additional information, and even offering a monetary award. Located on WV-16, the billboard brought in various answers, but none which were of any use. That same billboard would remain standing until 1989, when Jennie Sodder passed away. George Sodder died 21 years before her in 1968.
Today, stories about the Sodders can be found virtually anywhere in Fayetteville. From gift-shops to bike stores, the whole community marvels in the spotlight that shines on their little town, along with the story of a family that never gave up hope. A small, white house now occupies the land on which the Sodder house used to sit. As of 2012, the only remaining Sodder child was Sylvia Sodder, who still never learned of what really happened to her five siblings. She still holds true to the fact that they did not die in the fire on that December night in 1945.