Stephanie Crane- Idaho- 1993 Mar 28, 2015 23:54:15 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 28, 2015 23:54:15 GMT -5
(Left: Stephanie Crane (missing) at age 9, Right: Age-Progressed to 23 credit: NCMEC)
Missing Child/Person Profile as of March 29th, 2015 (based on AMW archive, missingkids.com)
Missing Since: Oct 11, 1993
Missing From: Challis, ID
DOB: Sep 28, 1984
Age Now: 30
Hair : Brown, Curl Cowlick on right side of hairline
Other Physical Characteristics: Space between her two front teeth, freckles on face
Eye Color: Blue
Weight: 85 lbs
TIPS: Anyone having information should call 1-800-THE-LOST the Custer County Sheriff's Office (Idaho) - Missing Persons Unit 1-208-879-2232
Stephanie Lynn Crane has been missing from Challis, Idaho since October 11th, 1993. She was on AMW's website as a web-exclusive case. Below is the Charley Project description of her case:
Stephanie's mother gave her money for a snack and dropped her off at the Challis Bowling Alley in Challis, Idaho on October 11, 1993. She went bowling with friends, then departed. She was last seen walking on Highway 93 towards Challis High School at approximately 6:00 p.m. that evening. The school was across the street from the bowling alley. Accounts differ as to whether Stephanie was going to the high school for soccer practice, or whether she was heading for her family's residence, about 500 yards away. She has never been heard from again. An extensive search covering 7,000 square miles in two counties turned up no sign of her. A yellow pickup truck with red pinstripes was seen in the area around the time she vanished, and may be connected to her disappearance.
Keith Glenn "Mark" Hescock has been investigated for possible involvement in Stephanie's case, and also the case of Amber Shawnell Hoopes. Hescock kidnapped a fourteen-year-old girl from outside her home in the early morning hours of June 5, 2002. He had known her family. The girl was able to escape that afternoon when he went to work, leaving her chained to a bed in his home. When the police attempted to arrest him, Hescock fled in his vehicle and lead them on a forty-mile high-speed chase, which ended at a dead-end road in the Big Hole Mountains. There he shot and killed a police dog, shot and wounded an officer, and then committed suicide.
Hescock had previously worked for Hoopes's grandparents, and his neighbor says he was hunting in Challis, Idaho the weekend Stephanie disappeared from that location. He also owned a yellow pickup truck similar to the one that may be connected to Stephanie's case. Authorities have not been able to link him to either disappearance, however. His only criminal record in Idaho had been for poaching, but he had felony convictions in other states.
Stephanie's case remains unsolved. Authorities have five to ten persons of interest in her case, none of whom are family members. They believe she was taken against her will by a stranger.
Thoughts? I will say this- I'm usually not a fan of always assuming a suspect known for committing crimes against children or others is automatically assumed to be the culprit just because he happened to pass through the area- the amount of people who still think Jeffrey Dahmer killed Adam Walsh for that reason infuriate me (anyone who saw the Cold Blood documentary on the Investigation Discovery channel will see some unequivocal proof it was Ottis Toole who killed Adam). However, in this case, it's not just Hesock happened to be in the area, but his neighbor puts him there during the same exact weekend as Stephanie's disappearance. That does jump out at me. There is also good circumstantial evidence to believe Hesock was involved in Amber Hoope's disappearance as well.
Also, while just being wanted for kidnapping would be enough to make a guy kill or be killed, Hesock appeared even more desperate to not get caught than the usual suspect who wasn't- at the time- wanted for murder- indicating perhaps he was fearful more would be learned about him if caugt.
I do agree- Hesock or not- sadly Stephanie was likely taken against her will by a stranger.
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