Penney Faye Cruser
North American Missing Persons Network
Penney Faye Cruser

Above Images: Cruser

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 21, 1997 from Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 23, 1966
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 100 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoos on left ankle,
    right ankle, right ear, and hip. Cat on pelvis; butterfly on rear;
    names of Rodney and Arthur on ankles. Broken right hand 1985; broken nose.
  • Medical Conditions: Borderline schizophrenia, often left
    untreated due to her dislike of medication. Drug user.
  • Case Number: 97-71368
  • NCIC Number: M-251563330

  • Details of Disappearance
    Penney Cruser called home just before Christmas, 1996. She was anxious that her toddler son was in state custody, and she said she had stopped taking medication to ease her mental illness. Relatives haven't heard from Cruser since. Penney gave up her first child for adoption and then yielded parenting rights on her younger son just before her disappearance. Family members last saw her in late October 1996. She usually called home every week.

    She was reported as missing in March 1997. She was often seen in the area of Sprague Avenue and Pittsburgh Street before she disappeared from Spokane. Cruser was also known to frequent the Hoot Owl Club and other East Sprague gathering spots.

    Detectives are investigating whether Cruser's disappearance may be related to serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr. The apparent vanishing happened right before Yates escalated his killings in 1997 and '98

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Spokane Police Department

    Source Information
    Spokesman Review