Karen L. Schepers

Schepers, circa 1983; Car similar to Schepers's 1980 1980 Toyota Celica

  • Missing Since 04/16/1983
  • Missing From Carpentersville, Illinois
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 09/20/1959 (64)
  • Age 23 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'7, 125 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A hooded tan corduroy coat and a Wittenauer watch.
  • Associated Vehicle(s) Bright yellow 1980 Toyota Celica hatchback with red accent stripes with the Illinois license plate number XP8919 and has the vehicle identification number RA42326350
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.

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.

She had a good time that evening and was the last person in her group to leave the establishment. It's 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. A photo of a similar vehicle is posted with this case summary.

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, had numerous hobbies, and did not have any debts; she had recently paid off her car. Schepers's hobbies include sewing, knitting and playing the piano. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Elgin Police Department 847-289-2700

Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 30, 2021; picture added, details of disappearance updated.