Elizabeth Nicole Forshee-Syperda

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Above Images: Elizabeth, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 17, 2000 from Mount Pleasant, Iowa
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 13, 1978
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'4, 140 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Elizabeth's hair is naturally curly. Her ears are pierced multiple times. Elizabeth's tongue and left nipple are pierced. A heart tattoo encircles her navel. Elizabeth's maiden name is Forshee. Some agencies may refer to her as Elizabeth Nicole Syperda. Her nickname is Liz.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A t-shirt, black jeans, a diamond and emerald ring, a wedding ring and a diamond Year 2000 necklace.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Elizabeth was last seen by her roommate at their residence in Mount Pleasant, Iowa at 10:30 p.m. on July 17, 2000, as the roommate was leaving to go to work. When her roommate returned at 4:00 a.m. the following day, Elizabeth was gone. She left all of her personal belongings behind and has never been heard from again. There has been no activity on Elizabeth's bank account and she never claimed her paycheck from her employer. She did not have access to a car when she disappeared. When authorities examined Elizabeth's East Madison Street apartment after her disappearance, they found her door locked from the outside, indicating she left voluntarily.

    Authorities cannot find any evidence of foul play in Elizabeth's disappearance but her family is convinced was murdered by her estranged husband, Michael Syperda. Elizabeth's family describes Michael as dangerous and violent. He was arrested and charged with domestic abuse not long after his wife disappeared. The arrest was in connection with a violent confrontation with Elizabeth and her roommate a month before she vanished. Michael pleaded guilty to assault in that case and was sentenced probation and a suspended prison term. He has been cooperative in the investigation into his wife's disappearance and has never been charged in connection with it.

    Elizabeth's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Mount Pleasant Police Department
    319-385-1450

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    Child Search Ministries
    The Hawk Eye Newspaper
    Unsolved in the News

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 24, 2012; picture added.

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