Valarie Lynn Sloan

Above: Sloan, circa 1993


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 30, 1993 from Peoria, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 29, 1974
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'6, 120 - 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Sloan may use the last name Swenstrom.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sloan was last seen in Peoria, Illinois on September 30, 1993. She has never been heard from again. The serial killer Joseph Miller, who has been convicted of murdering five women, is the prime suspect in her case. A photograph of Miller is posted below this case summary. In 2004, he told authorities Sloan and another missing woman, Stacey Morrison, who also disappeared from Peoria in 1993.

    Miller has not been charged in either woman's case and authorities are not certain whether he was involved; he has lied to police in the past and some believe he is confessing to crimes he did not commit merely to get attention. He stated he buried Sloan's body in a shallow grave near a road construction site on War Memorial Drive. The road was being widened at that site in 1993 and if Miller's confession is accurate, Sloan's body lies under the pavement. Both Sloane's and Morrison's disappearances remain unsolved.

    Above: Joseph Miller


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


    Source Information
    The Peoria Star-Journal
    NBC 5
    The Arlington Heights Daily Herald


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 18, 2011; casefile added.

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