Karen L. Schepers

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Above Images: Schepers, circa 1983


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 16, 1983 from Carpentersville, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 20, 1959
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A hooded tan corduroy coat and a Wittenauer watch.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Schepers was last seen at approximately 1:00 a.m. on April 16, 1983, in Carpentersville, Illinois. She had gone to a bar with about twenty coworkers to celebrate her recent promotion at work. Schepers was the last person in the group to leave the establishment. It is unclear whether she made it home or not; nothing appeared to be disturbed in her apartment after her disappearance. She has never been heard from again. Her bright yellow 1980 Toyota Celica hatchback with red accent stripes disappeared with her and has never been found. The vehicle has the vehicle identification number (VIN) RA42326350 and the Illinois license plate number XP8919.

    Schepers had been "unofficially engaged" about a year prior to her disappearance, but two weeks before her disappearance she and her fiance decided neither of them were ready for marriage. They maintained a good relationship, however, and she had invited him to join her at the bar that evening. He declined, as he had to get up early the next day. Her boyfriend passed a lie detector test and is not considered a suspect in her case. He later married someone else.

    Since her disappearance, there has been no activity on Schepers's bank accounts, credit cards and Social Security number. She left behind $7,000 in savings, including a $1,200 tax return, and all her clothes. She is a graduate of Sycamore High School and was employed as a computer programmer at First Chicago Bankcard in Elgin, Illinois at the time of her disappearance. She enjoyed her work and did not have any debts. Schepers's hobbies include sewing, knitting and playing the piano. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Elgin Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Beacon News
    The Chicago Tribune
    The Daily Herald
    The Cardunal Free Press


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 7, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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