Mary Kathleen Thill

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Above: Thill, circa 1975

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 5, 1975 from Seward, Alaska
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Thill wears eyeglasses with round pink frames and thick lenses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: An Army jacket, a gray pullover sweater, blue Levi's jeans, leather Tuffy hiking boots, and carrying a small black backpack.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Thill was last seen in Seward, Alaska on July 5, 1975. A friend gave her a ride into town and dropped her off at the bakery. Another friend saw her at the waterfall on Lowell Point Road between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. She has never been heard from again.

    Investigators believe the serial killer Robert Hansen may have been involved in Thill's case, as well as in the disappearances of Megan Emerick, Roxane Easland and Andrea Altiery. In 1984, he confessed to 17 murders and 30 rapes over the previous twelve years. He led authorities to the grave sites, but only twelve bodies were recovered. A map in Hansen's home had marks on it matching the locations of his victims' bodies, but there were more than 17 marks on it, suggesting he had more victims then he admitted to. Most of the women he is known to have killed were prostitutes or exotic dancers. Hansen admitted he was in Seward the day Thill disappeared, but denied any involvement in her case. Nevertheless, police believe she was one of his victims. He died in 2014, while serving 461 years to life in prison for his crimes. A photo of him is posted below this case summary.

    It's uncharacteristic of Thill to leave without warning. Her husband was working at Alaska's North Slope at the time of her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

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    Above: Robert Hansen

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Seward Police Department
    907-224-3338

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Anchorage Daily News
    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
    The Seward Phoenix Log

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 14, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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