Marchelle Hansen

Hansen, circa 1987; Hansen's car

  • Missing Since 11/12/1987
  • Missing From Phillips, Wisconsin
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 05/23/1956 (67)
  • Age 31 years old
  • Height and Weight Unknown
  • Medical Conditions Hansen was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
  • Associated Vehicle(s) Red sedan (accounted for)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair. Hansen's nickname is Shelly.

Details of Disappearance

Hansen was last seen leaving Marquip Inc.  in Phillips, Wisconsin, at the end of her shift at approximately 8:00 p.m. on November 12, 1987. She worked several part-time jobs besides the one at Marquip. She has never been heard from again. She was reported missing five days later after she did not report to work at one of her other jobs at the IGA grocery store in Phillips.

Hansen's vehicle was found parked at the Lake 10 Tavern, eleven miles south of Phillips, after her disappearance. A photo of the vehicle is posted with this case summary.

There was no evidence of foul play in the car or in Hansen's home. Investigators said they had persons of interest in her disappearance, but they haven't publicly named any of these individuals.

Hansen is the youngest of seven children. She grew up in Random Lake, Wisconsin, then moved to the northern part of the state with her mother after her parents divorced. She was reportedly happy about her pregnancy and had already picked out possible names for it by the time she disappeared.

Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Price County Sheriff's Department
  • 715-339-3011
  • 715-839-3830

Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 21, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.