Steven R. Pearsall

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Above Images: Pearsall, circa 1982

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 12, 1982 from Lewiston, Idaho
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 8, 1947
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Pearsall's name may be spelled "Pearshall" by some agencies. He may use the last names Sahlim and/or Salim. He has a scar on his left calf and a scar on his left arm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A beige velour long-sleeved pullover sweater with dark horizontal stripes, a two-tone brown and beige ski jacket and beige pants.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Pearsall was last seen at the Lewiston Civic Theater in Lewiston, Idaho on September 14, 1982. He was employed as a janitor there, and asked his friends to drop him off so he could do some laundry and practice his clarinet. He was carrying a light blue cloth duffel bag at the time of his disappearance. He has never been heard from again. Pearsall is a former U.S. Air Force corporal. He left his clarinet behind at the theater, which is uncharacteristic of him. He also left his car parked at a friend's house and an uncashed paycheck at his apartment.

    Pearsall went missing on the same night as stepsisters Kristina Nelson, 21, and Jacqueline A. "Brandy" Miller, 18. The two women were last seen leaving Nelson's apartment to go to a grocery store. They lived only a few blocks from Pearsall's apartment and they would have passed the theater on their way, and may have gone inside. Nelson had previously been a janitor at the theater, and when she quit Pearsall replaced her. Nelson and Miller's bodies were found in a canyon in Kendrick, Idaho almost two years after their disappearances; their homicides remain unsolved. Photos of Nelson and Miller are posted below this case summary. Authorities believe it's possible Pearsall witnessed their murders and was himself killed as a result.

    Investigators believe Pearsall's disappearance and Nelson and Miller's murders are connected to the disappearance of Christina White, who disappeared from the county fair in Asotin County, Idaho in 1979, and the murder of Kristin David, a University of Idaho student who disappeared in 1981 and was found murdered eight days later. A photo of David is posted below this case summary.

    Investigators have a person of interest in all those cases. He was also one of the last people known to have seen Christina before she went missing, and he was active at the Lewiston Civic Theater. He maintains his innocence in the murders and disappearances. He has never been publicly identified, but he's been interviewed many times by police. All of the cases remain unsolved.

    Miller Nelson David
    Left: Jacqueline "Brandy" Miller;
    Center: Kristina Nelson;
    Right: Kristin David

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lewiston Police Department
    208-746-0171

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    Source Information
    Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse
    The Internet Crime Archives
    The Lewiston Tribune
    The Argus Observer
    NamUs
    The Doe Network
    East Idaho Cold Cases
    The Idaho State Journal

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 8, 2016; picture added.

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