Lucinda Lynn Schaefer

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Above Images: Lucinda, circa 1979

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 24, 1979 from Torrance, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 9, 1962
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Lucinda's nickname is Cindy. Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Dark blue jeans and a white blouse with black Mexican-style embroidery.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lucinda was abducted from Torrance, California, on June 24, 1979. She was last seen walking back to her grandmother's house from a Christian youth meeting at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Torrance. When she was missed and people searched for her, they only found one of her shoes alongside the road. She left $220 behind in her savings account and has never been heard from again.

    Later in 1979, Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker and Roy Lewis Norris were arrested and eventually convicted of murdering Lucinda and several other young women, including Andrea Hall. Photographs of the two men are posted below this case summary. Norris and Bittaker had driven around California in their silver 1977 GMC cargo van, which they nicknamed "Murder Mac," and abducted, raped and killed a large number of women.

    Norris and Bittaker admitted to kidnapping and raping Lucinda and to dumping her body in a remote gorge, but each man blamed the other one for strangling her. She was their first known victim. Norris testified against Bittaker in exchange for a life sentence; Bittaker was sentenced to death. He is awaiting execution.

    Lucinda and Hall's remains have never been found.

    Bittaker Norris
    Left: Lawrence Bittaker;
    Right: Roy Norris

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    California Department of Justice
    Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
    916-227-3290

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Crime Library
    NamUs
    Find a Grave
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 1, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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