Details of Disappearance Wendy's family left their residence to play golf at a local country club on May 17, 1975. She stayed behind at their house on Moccasin Trail in Media, Pennsylvania and was sunbathing at the time. Wendy spoke to a friend later in the afternoon and said she planned to walk to a store to purchase a gift for her brother.
Wendy was last seen walking three blocks from her family's residence at approximately 3:05 p.m. at the intersection of Indian Lane and Media Station Road. She was headed towards downtown Media at the time she vanished. She has never been seen again. Bloodhounds were able to track her scent to the intersection where she disappeared, but there was no trace of her elsewhere.
Wendy's family told authorities that she was very interested in religion and planned to attend a singing group rehearsal at their church on the night she vanished. Her relatives stated that Wendy would not have missed the rehearsal. Her family considered the possibility that she may have joined a religious cult-type of organization, but no evidence has been located to suggest that was the cause of Wendy's disappearance.
A man named William C. Richardson and a seventeen-year-old boy were arrested for extortion after Wendy's disappearance, after they demanded a $10,000 ransom from her parents in exchange for information about her whereabouts. The boy was arrested when he went to collect the first installment of the ransom payment, and implicated Richardson. Neither of them knew where Wendy was; the extortion attempt had been a hoax.
She was a tenth-grader at Penncrest High School at the time of her disappearance and was a good student. She enjoyed scouting, camping and church activities and was considered musically talented; she sang well and could play the piano and the guitar. Her case remains unsolved.
- Pennsylvania State Police
Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 9, 2022; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.