Gayla Christine Schaper

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Above Images: Schaper, circa 1979

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 29, 1979 from Latah County, Idaho
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 1, 1951
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue sweater, a gold-colored shirt, Levi's jeans and sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Schaper was last seen when her husband dropped her off at a pasture near the family's dairy farm on Lenville Road southeast of Moscow, Idaho on June 29, 1979. When her husband came home, she wasn't there. Some clothing was found in a nearby meadow, but Schaper herself has never been located. She wasn't carrying any identification at the time of her disappearance.

    Schaper's husband was initially considered a suspect in her disappearance, but he passed a polygraph in 1993 and was cleared of involvement. He remarried after Schaper went missing and still lives in the local area. Larry Hagedorn lived close to the pasture Schaper disappeared from; his son, Bill, was later convicted in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend. Bill is presently serving a life term in prison. There were some accounts that his girlfriend was murdered because she knew something about Schaper's disappearance. Larry was considered a person of interest in Schaper's case; he owned a backhoe and was excavating his property and burying trash at the time she disappeared. A search of the Hagedorn property turned up no evidence, however, and Larry passed a polygraph in connection with the disappearance. He died in 2005.

    Schaper's case remains unsolved. She was involved with her church and had a stable home life at the time of her disappearance, and isn't thought to have walked out of her life. Authorities believe she was taken against her will.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Latah County Sheriff's Office
    208-882-2216

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    Source Information
    Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse
    The Argus Observer
    The Olympian
    NamUs
    The Doe Network
    The Lewiston Tribune

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 2, 2015; clothing/jewelry description updated.

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