Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Toni was last seen at her family's residence on April 25, 1997. She was on the computer April 25, 1997 when she emailed a friend that her husband Norman was on his way home to continue an argument from earlier that day. Toni is an avid internet user and step-mother of three boys. When she lost her son, Michael, in a preterm birth, Bachman poured her grief into an award-winning home page, `Toni's Angel Pages,'' and invited other bereaved parents to post their own stories there. Toni has not made contact with any of her internet friends since her disappearance.
The Bachmans' residence was searched by authorities in May 1997, shortly after Toni vanished. Blood stains were discovered inside their freezer and in their garage, a piece of tissue on a door handle and evidence that blood was cleaned up. DNA analysis proved that the blood was Toni's in September 1997.
Toni Bachman's husband allegedly gave vague and inconsistent accounts about her whereabouts around the time of her disappearance from their home. Norman told investigators she left him. A search warrant affidavit says that Norman Bachman took it real hard when Toni Bachman asked him for a divorce. The document also cites his arrest for domestic assault in 1987, before the couple was married.
Norman Bachman was arrested in 1998 on suspicion of stabbing and sexually assaulting a woman. He served seven years in prison.
In 2015 Norman Allen Bachman, 53, was charged with one count of second-degree murder without intent and one count of first-degree manslaughter in the disappearance of Toni Bachman. Her body has yet to be found. Bachman had previously denied any involvement in his wife’s disappearance. When the case was reopened in 2012, county officials said Bachman refused to meet with investigators who had reinterviewed others in the case.
Investigators followed tips and leads to where her body may be buried, but found nothing.
In 2015 Norman Bachman Jr. pleaded guilty to causing Toni's death. He entered his plea on a charge of manslaughter as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Bachman also agreed to help lead investigators to his wife’s body, which has never been found. Bachman has described to investigators where he buried his wife’s body but five searches of the area have not found it. He strangled his wife during an argument, then hid her body in the basement of their White Bear Township home for two days before dismembering her.
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